south dakota women's prison

Intensive Methamphetamine Treatment Unit

The Intensive Methamphetamine Treatment Unit at the South Dakota Womens' Prison (SDWP) is part of a 15-month prison and community based intensive treatment program for women with methamphetamine dependencies. The program is a joint effort between DOC, the Department of Social Services and Department of Health.

The program began in August 2006.

Participants are involved in approximately 50 hours of structured programming each week including chemical dependency treatment, life skills classes, mental health services, academic instruction and family and parenting work.

The new unit is located in the former Division of Criminal Investigation Law Enforcement Training Center building near the Women's Prison.

The unit is operated as a Therapeutic Community consistent with Evidence Based Practices, which provide the foundation for the program design and its components.

The mission of the unit is to create drug and crime free futures through the provision of evidence based services to individuals diagnosed as chemically dependent with a specific addiction to methamphetamine.     

The program is designed generally for a minimum six-month stay in prison and a nine-month stay in the community, with three months spent in a halfway house and six months of aftercare served in the community.

Program Phases:
Phase 1.  Identification & Assessment 60-90 days   SDWP
Phase 2.  Intensive Prison Based Treatment 90 days   SDWP
Phase 3.  Low Intensity Residential Treatment 90 days   Halfway House   
Phase 4.  Aftercare 180 days   Halfway House & Community

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Exterior of Meth Treatment Unit
Unit H Dorm Hallway
The exterior of the IMT Unit. A view down the hallway of the IMT Unit.
Unit H Dorm Room
Unit H Dayroom
One of the residential rooms. The IMT Unit Dayroom.


FY 2015 Report