(BOP) - Women in prison have different treatment needs than men. In support of those treatment needs, the Federal Bureau of Prisons has activated a new gender-responsive integrated treatment program at the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, CT. For the first time, an entire Bureau facility will operate as a therapeutic community allowing women at the low security institution a range of programs and services offered simultaneously to meet their individual needs. Once fully activated, the Female Integrated Treatment (FIT) Program will serve approximately 200 inmates and be staffed with three Psychologists, four Treatment Specialists, a Social Worker, and Unit Team.
The FIT Program is an evidence-based approach designed to ensure that each participant has an individually-tailored treatment plan and receives a full-range of services to address their needs. The program will combine three psychology treatment programs, including the Residential Drug Abuse Program, into a single, integrated therapeutic community. Women not actively in need of mental health, substance use, or trauma treatment may focus on work-related goals and providing peer support.