Primary Treatment Programs



Al Frank, Corrections Program Specialist

PO Box 7925
Madison, WI  53704
(608) 240-5164 Main
(608) 240-3310 Fax

The Division of Adult Institutions (DAI) offers six primary program areas to inmates. For more information on each program, visit the Opportunities and Options Resource Guide, which is available in both English and Spanish.

  • Anger Management
  • Substance Abuse
  • Cognitive Behavioral Program
  • Domestic Violence
  • Career Technical Education/Vocational
  • Sex Offender Treatment

Primary treatment programs are offered at all three custody levels (minimum, medium, maximum); however, some programs are only offered at higher custody levels due to the nature and severity of the offense that prompted the program recommendation, such as Sex Offender Treatment. Successful completion of such programs may assist inmates to reduce their custody level and continue their rehabilitation in furtherance of successful reintegration into the community upon release.

Inmates are screened for program suitability at the time of initial classification, which is completed at Dodge Correctional Institution (male) or Taycheedah Correctional Institution (female) using various screening tools and assessments, including the COMPAS risk and needs assessment. Upon transfer to their permanent institution, inmates are placed on a waiting list for program enrollment. After screening by institution social workers and program providers, those inmates found suitable for program placement are offered enrollment into applicable primary treatment program(s).

As the Department of Corrections continues to implement evidence-based practices, the Office of Program Services will assist and support the advancing effort with continued oversight of program implementation and evaluation within DAI and ongoing coordination with the DOC Reentry Unit. Curriculums, program outcome measures, and program standardization will be evaluated and modified on an as-needed basis, in order to align with evidence-based practices. Such oversight will lead to more effective program delivery, while promoting public safety and offender success from the point of admission, through their confinement period, and continued through reentry and supervision in the community after release.