Spectrum Health Systems recently participated in the 26th Annual Association of Paroling Authorities International (APAI) Training Conference in Savannah, Georgia, as both a presenter and exhibitor.

Spectrum’s Georgia State Director Dawn Collinge and State Director for Massachusetts Correctional Services Earl Warren presented “Evidence-Based Treatment: A Review of Best Practice Applications” to an audience of paroling/releasing authorities, focusing on the cost of incarceration and recidivism and the impact of evidence-based treatment on those costs.

According to Mr. Warren and Ms. Collinge, the principles of evidence-based treatment, recidivism data from several states employing these treatment techniques and a cost/benefit analysis provide significant incentives for agencies to adopt evidence-based treatment practices.

Spectrum and APAI believe that a gradual release into the community is an important part of good corrections principles and practices and share a common belief that offenders can change and reintegrate safely into the community with good quality support from that same community.

Working in partnership with host institutions, correctional personnel and parole authorities, Spectrum Health Systems prepares program participants for maintaining a lasting recovery, thus reducing the risk of relapse and recidivism over the long term. Spectrum’s methods recognize and support the role and authority of the institution and programming is designed to ensure a safe and secure environment at all times.

Andrew Strecker, Development Associate 
(508) 792-5400 x7113 

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