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Jackson Recovery Centers - Women and Children's Center

3200 West 4th Street, Sioux City, Iowa, 51103
The Women and Children's Center specializes in providing inpatient addiction and co-occurring disorder treatment to pregnant women and women with children. This program is unique in that children attend treatment with their mother so the family can recover together.

Facility Highlights

  • Sand Tray Therapy
  • Parent Child Interaction Therapy
  • Daycare


  • Family Program

    Research shows that the odds of successful, sustained recovery from addiction are far higher when family members and loved ones are involved in treatment. Drug and alcohol addiction often have genetic roots, whether related to substance abuse, mental illness or both. Family dynamics also play a role and, often, family members are the first to realize a loved one has developed an addiction. Also, it’s important for family members to understand and embrace the lifestyle changes that are required to sustain recovery.
  • Individualized Treatment

    Some facilities have an addiction treatment protocol that all patients or clients are expected to follow, while others customize or individualize treatment based on a person’s unique needs and circumstances. Factors that may affect treatment decisions include age, lifestyle, medical conditions, type of drug, religious beliefs, etc.

Facility Settings

  • Average Location/Amenities

Meet the Staff

  • Kermit Dahlen
    Kermit DahlenCEO
    Kermit Dahlen has been CEO of Jackson Recovery for the past 32 years, and has worked in the addiction field for 40 years. Dahlen’s extensive history in the addiction field includes member and current Chairperson for the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers, founder and former chairman of the Chemical Dependency Treatment Providers of Iowa, founder and former chair of the National Adolescent Treatment Consortium, long-term member and former chair of the Iowa Substance Abuse Directors Association, and current executive committee member of the Iowa Behavioral Health Association. Dahlen has testified on behalf of the addiction field both nationally and in Iowa to committees of both houses and special study committees. He has presented workshops on both a state and local level on addiction program leadership, addiction treatment processes, and many addiction related topics. Dahlen has also served as a mentor for a number of young leaders in the field of addiction as part of the Addiction Transfer Technology Center.
  • Cliff Millard, Ph.D.
    Cliff Millard, Ph.D.Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer
    Cliff Millard, Ph.D., is the Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer at Jackson Recovery Centers. He is a licensed Psychologist and certified Health Service Practitioner in the State of Iowa. His clinical training included an emphasis in psychological assessment and diagnosis. He has practiced as a clinical psychologist in traditional inpatient and outpatient mental health settings as well as substance abuse programs. He serves as an adjunct faculty member of Morningside College and the University of South Dakota.

Treatment Center Links

Rehabs 360 Guide


Jackson Recovery Centers offers a variety of addiction and mental health treatment services at numerous locations throughout Iowa. The Women and Children’s Center in Sioux City provides residential dual diagnosis treatment for substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders.

The center serves pregnant women and mothers and is one of just five (3.1 percent) out of Iowa's 163 treatment facilities to provide residential space for women and their children as of 2016. Detox services are offered on-site. Nearby Jackson facilities include Recovery Hills Recovery Center, offering outpatient care for adults and children, the inpatient Child and Adolescent Services, and Synergy Center in Cherokee, with both residential and outpatient treatment for adults.


The client’s initial one to three days at Jackson Recovery Centers Women and Children’s Center are focused on stabilization, during which women undergo physical and emotional evaluations. While treatment plans are individualized, a typical residential stay is 90 days, according to the facility’s website.

Programming combines evidence-based and trauma-informed treatment practices (including Seeking Safety) with 12-step principles. Clients attend individual, group, and family therapy, as well as AA/NA meetings, life and parenting skills workshops, and on-site psychiatric, medical, and prenatal care services. Children also receive therapy, attending some sessions with their mothers.


Jackson Recovery Centers employs psychiatrists, medical professionals, master’s level therapists, and licensed recovery counselors.


Clients live in simply furnished, shared rooms with their children at Jackson Recovery Centers Women and Children’s Center. Meals are shared in a cafeteria dining room, residents have access to a common kitchen, and chores are assigned. The facility’s website shows a bright and colorful daycare center, an outdoor playground, and a common lounge with a fireplace. Family and friends who visit clients are expected to participate in Jackson programming.


The two alumni polled by Rehabs.com to date offered opposing perspectives on the program. One cited the facility's structure as a strength, while the other reported that “It felt like a prison.” Both were critical of staff however, offering low ratings of two out of five stars for the staff’s level of training and experience, though gave four stars for family participation. One concluded that she experienced success in recovery and parenting.

Two individuals rated the Women and Children’s Center a maximum five stars on Google, with no comments. A third reviewer echoed descriptions of an overly-strict program and was critical of programming.[1]


Rehabs.com has not yet received any feedback for Jackson’s Women and Children’s Center from loved ones. However, four one-star reviews on Google by friends and family of clients at other Jackson Recovery Centers, not Women and Children’s Center, reported poor communication and inadequate supervision or discipline, in contrast to alumni reports of too much.[2]


While Rehabs.com has not received feedback from this facility’s former or current employees, reviews on three other third-party sites indicated overall favorable views of a mix of Iowa Jackson Recovery Centers.

Two volunteers awarded five-star ratings on Google, both characterizing the staff as committed to each patient. Most of the nine Indeed reviews expressed some frustration with the agency’s administration or heavy caseloads, but balanced this with positive perspectives on working with clients and coworkers.[3] Two Glassdoor reviewers agreed.[4]


According to the Jackson Recovery Centers website, services at the Women and Children’s Center are supported by state funds. Clients are expected to cover the cost of meals while in residence.

[1] GoogleReviews
[2] GoogleReviews
[3] https://www.indeed.com/cmp/Jackson-Recovery-Centers/reviews
[4] https://www.glassdoor.com/Reviews/Jackson-Recovery-Centers-Reviews-E323608.htm

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