Spectrum Health Systems, Inc. was awarded a contract by the Iowa Department of Corrections to operate a substance abuse assessment program for incoming offenders at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center in Oakdale, Iowa. Assessments will be conducted for approximately 4,500 offenders on an annual basis. Results will be used to determine the appropriate level of treatment for offenders with histories of substance abuse.

Founded in 1969, Spectrum has provided specialized substance abuse treatment services to criminal justice populations since 1984. Over the years, Spectrum has worked with leading criminal justice researchers to develop a comprehensive assessment process using research-validated instruments.

“With increasing numbers of substance abusing offenders and limited treatment capacity, assessment services are particularly useful in determining level of care and tailoring treatment to individual client needs,” commented Peter Paolantonio, vice president of clinical services. “We look forward to collaborating with the Iowa Department of Corrections to improve the appropriateness of placement decisions and utilization of treatment resources in the state’s correctional system.”

Based in Worcester, Massachusetts, Spectrum Health Systems, Inc. is a private, not-for-profit substance abuse and mental health treatment provider. In addition to Iowa, Spectrum operates programs in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Georgia, Tennessee, Maine and Maryland – serving more than 18,000 adults and at-risk youth each year.

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