Elected officials, correctional administrators and Spectrum staff gathered on January 30, 2008 to recognize the first thirty-four inmates to complete Spectrum’s Boot Camp Plus Program at Scott State Prison in Hardwick, Georgia. Attendees included Arnie DePetro, corrections division director; Michael Nail, asstistant director corrections division; Katrinka Glass, director of risk reduction services; Robert Bentley, mayor of Milledgeville; Warden Denis Brown, Scott State Prison and Charles Faris, chief executive officer of Spectrum Health Systems, Inc.

First implemented in August 2007, this six-month program is the first-of-its kind in Georgia, combining military style discipline with intensive substance abuse treatment programming.

The program is designed to serve 200 male probation/parole violators, forty years of age or younger. Offenders referred to the program require intensive treatment to address chronic substance abuse and high risk for recidivism. Delivered in four sequential phases, programming aims to teach participants how to think constructively, act responsibly and lead productive, drug-free lives.

Spectrum Health Systems, Inc. has operated in-prison residential substance abuse treatment programs in the State of Georgia under contract to the Department of Corrections and the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles since 1994. Today, the organization serves nearly 1,500 inmates in six state institutions on a daily basis. Spectrum also provides outpatient substance abuse counseling services to parolees throughout the state.

Headquartered in Massachusetts, Spectrum Health Systems, Inc. is a private, not-for-profit substance abuse and mental health treatment provider serving more than 18,000 individuals each year in community and institutional settings throughout Massachusetts, Georgia, Rhode Island, Maine, Arizona, Tennessee and Maryland.

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