The Arizona Department of Corrections has selected Spectrum Health Systems through a competitive bid process to operate a 72-bed substance treatment program at the Arizona State Prison Complex in Tucson. Under the contract, Spectrum will be responsible for providing a therapeutic community treatment program for male inmates with histories of chronic substance abuse. Totaling $249,999, the twelve-month contract became effective August 5, 2004.

Thirty-five years ago, Spectrum Health Systems established one of the first therapeutic community programs in the country for the treatment of substance abuse. Working with leading researchers in the field, the company later adapted its model to serve the unique needs of criminal justice populations. For the past eleven years, Spectrum’s correctional treatment programs have grown to meet the increasing demand of state correctional agencies.

“Spectrum offers an effective solution to the rising problem of drug addiction among prison inmates,” explains Peter Paolantonio, Vice President for Clinical Services. “We’re very excited about the opportunity to expand our existing programming in the state while establishing a strong partnership with the Arizona Department of Corrections.”

In 2003, Spectrum was awarded a contract to provide comprehensive substance abuse treatment for adolescent males in Phoenix, Arizona. Programming includes four months of residential substance abuse treatment followed by eight months of community-based aftercare. To date, this program has served more than 100 youth.

Spectrum Health Systems, Inc. is a private, not-for-profit substance abuse and mental health service organization with corporate headquarters in Worcester, Massachusetts. The company currently operates more than 55 treatment programs in community and institutional settings across six states – Massachusetts, Georgia, Rhode Island, Arizona, Maine, and Hawaii – serving more than 18,000 adults and at-risk youth each year.

Cindy Buraczynski, Director of Planning 
Phone: (508) 792-5400 x115 
Fax: (508) 831-0074

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