Spectrum Health Systems, Inc. was recently awarded three contracts in Georgia. First, Spectrum was re-awarded a contract by the Department of Corrections to deliver residential substance abuse treatment services to 1,610 offenders at seven state facilities across the state. Spectrum’s programming focuses on recovery, relapse prevention and transition issues with added emphasis on criminal attitudes and behaviors. These highly successful programs have received full accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) since 1996. In fact, three-year recidivism rates for inmates completing Spectrum’s residential treatment programs in Georgia were reduced by 9% in 2005 as compared to inmates in the general population.

The second contract represents a new program for the Department wherein Spectrum will provide court-ordered aftercare services to offenders on probation or parole with histories of chronic substance abuse. Services consist of a three-phase program involving group sessions focused on recidivism reduction.

“We’re proud of our record in Georgia and very excited about launching this new program with the Department,” said Peter Paolantonio, vice president of clinical services. “To maintain long-term recovery, it’s essential that people receive services and supports as they transition to community living.” Spectrum has extensive experience in this area, having counseled more than 40,000 parolees across the state for the State Board of Pardons and Paroles since 2004. This contract was also recently re-awarded to Spectrum.

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 90 treatment programs in community and institutional settings throughout Massachusetts, Maine, Rhode Island, Maryland, Georgia, Tennessee and Iowa.

Cindy Buraczynski, Director of Planning 
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