Montana Department of Corrections

Riverside Recovery and Reentry Program Description

The goal of Riverside Recovery and Reentry Program is to provide a safe, secure and trauma informed environment where women can:

  • heal from trauma and abuse
  • gain insight into their subconscious patterns of behavior
  • learn new skills necessary to practice and implement coping techniques
  • understand, develop and implement positive aspects of self

Women are able to return to the community as whole, productive, law abiding citizens motivated to stay on the ‘Outs’.

Riverside offers individual counseling with a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and a License Addiction Counselor (LAC), as well as medication continuance with an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN).

Riverside offers evidence-based programming that is gender specific for women. The current programming includes:

  • Healing the Trauma of Abuse (facilitated by a full-time, on-site LCSW) – This important self-help book describes a weekly lesson process women can use to relieve the effects of trauma in their lives, either when working in a group, with a counselor, or when, as many women must do, working on their own. It rebuilds self-esteem and gives back the personal power, trust and sense of connection that are taken away by a traumatic experience.
  • Open to Change: a 30-session evidence-based Chemical Dependency Program (facilitated by a full-time, on-site LAC).
    • Unit A (10 sessions) – In addition to core Pre-contemplation, Preparation, and Situational Confidence elements, the theme of this unit is successful management of internal risk factors and difficult symptoms.
    • Unit B (10 sessions) – In addition to core Pre-contemplation, Preparation, and Situational Confidence elements, the theme of this unit is successful management of external risk factors and triggers.
    • Unit C (10 sessions) – The theme of this unit is development of internal strengths and insight, and relapse prevention.
  • MAV 25: Managing Aggression and Violence
  • Educational Services (facilitated by on-site licensed teaching staff)
    • HiSET preparation and testing site
    • Odysseyware for career readiness
    • Physical education and fitness class
  • Vocational Programming
    • Restitution and internal work programs.
    • Limited basic crocheting, sewing and woodshop programs.
  • Love and Logic and Circle of Security Parenting Courses (facilitated by a contract with Florence Crittenton)
  • Thinking for a Change
  • Recreational Program – Access to a gym and fitness room, overseen by correctional counselors.

Staff complete a Women’s Risk and Needs Assessment (WRNA) for each woman. That assessment drives an individual treatment plan. Because each person’s needs are unique, how long a woman stays in the program is dependent on their needs and requirements. A typical length of stay is four months, but individual needs may require a longer stay. After-care planning is also specific to each person’s individual needs. Riverside works in collaboration with an Institutional Probation and Parole Office who assists women with their release plans.

Riverside cannot accept women with severe medical needs due to availability of services. We cannot accept women who have a recent history of aggression or violence, particularly towards authority figures. We seek women who are motivated to complete the types of programs the facility offers. Severe mental health issues need to be stable before being screened for the program.