Spectrum Health Systems recently hosted its Second Annual Excellence in Correctional Treatment event, celebrating the achievements of Spectrum's successful 17-year partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Correction (MADOC).

Invited guests included leaders from the MADOC, including Deputy Commissioner Veronica Madden, Director of Reentry and Program Services Chris Mitchell, and Assistant Deputy Commissioners Peter Pepe, Carol Micci and Duane MacEachern.

Speaking to more than 100 Spectrum employees in attendance, Deputy Commissioner Madden said, "We're proud of the partnership that we've established with Spectrum. You do a tremendous job."

"Spectrum is a company that cares deeply about the services provided," Director Mitchell said to the attendees, adding, "You are changing our society one person at a time, and we are better for it."

Spectrum President & CEO Charles J. Faris called Spectrum's partnership with the MADOC the "jewel in our crown;" explaining that the relationship has seen more than 125,000 inmates treated over 17 years, and provided Spectrum with a springboard to providing corrections services in seven other states.

Built upon principles of best practice and evidence-based approaches to treatment, Spectrum's correctional treatment programs incorporate cognitive theory and motivational therapy to assist offenders with a history of chronic substance abuse to assess their treatment readiness, learn pro-social skills, address individual risks of relapse and recidivism, and prepare for successful community reintegration.

Based in Worcester, Massachusetts, Spectrum Health Systems, Inc. is a private, nonprofit substance abuse and mental health treatment provider. Spectrum operates nearly 100 institutional and community-based programs in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Georgia, Tennessee, Maine, Maryland, Iowa and Washington State – serving more than 20,000 individuals each year.

Andrew Strecker, Development Associate 
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