Iowa Female Co-Occurring Treatment and Reentry Program

Approximately 48, medium to high risk incarcerated female inmates with co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders at the Iowa Correctional Institute for Women will be given the opportunity to be a part of this program over the next two years. The purpose of this program is to provide treatment and reentry services, both in the prison and in the community.


This program will enhance and expand programming availability to women with co-occurring disorders within the facility by utilizing one counselor to provide education and case management and then segue these women into the community to one parole officer, providing consistency and one on one attention in an effort to effectively improve offender outcomes with these diagnoses. This initiative will seek to prepare inmates for a successful, positive, healthy reentry into the community while employing evidence based, gender responsive curriculums along with support services specific to these offenders.


The Iowa Female Co-Occurring Treatment and Reentry Program will target female inmates who meet the following eligibility criteria:

    • 18 or older
    • Average educational level (at least 6th grade reading level)
    • Documented mental illness and/or co-occurring substance use disorder;
    • A percentage of enrollees will be custodial or non-custodial parent
  • Moderate to high IVVI risk score


  • Reside in Polk county, Iowa or willing to divert to Polk County upon release

Participants are on the caseload of one counselor hired specifically for this program and upon release will be assigned to the PPO III who is also specifically hired for this program. Collaboration between institutional counselor and community PPO is imperative to provide transition into the community along with sharing of information and resources to best prepare each woman for release and have services set up prior to release. Upon release, participants are transitioned to a community based treatment provider that will continue case management, treatment and other supportive services in the areas of substance abuse and mental health. With these things in place, it is our hope that we can reduce the three-year return to prison rate from 42.6% baseline to 35%.


Pre-released interventions utilized during treatment include:

Individual Case Management

  • Group Therapy
  • Medication Management
  • Psycho-educational Groups
  • Peer Support
  • Support Groups
  • GED and Education Services
  • Life skills and daily living

Post-release interventions include

  • Intensive outpatient services (as needed)
  • Residential treatment (as needed and available)
  • Continued case management
  • Continued behavioral health services
  • Vocational services

Transitioning and sober living housing