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Massachusetts Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. JudyAnn Bigby recently toured the Recovery Connection peer recovery support center in Marlborough, Massachusetts, meeting with members from five different peer recovery support centers located around the Commonwealth.

Demonstrating her understanding of the peer recovery support center model, Secretary Bigby said, "Recovery centers are peer-driven, community-based programs that provide a host of services that are integral to sustaining recovery from substance use disorders. The key to these centers is the active involvement of its members in the design, implementation and oversight of the center's activities."

During the visit, Secretary Bigby commended the innovation in program delivery demonstrated by the five centers, and cited the encouragement of family involvement in recreational and social events sponsored by the centers in the community. Also during the visit, peer recovery support center members explained to Secretary Bigby how the work done at the centers parallels many of the goals of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS).

Joining Secretary Bigby’s visit was Massachusetts Bureau of Substance Abuse Services (BSAS) Director Michael Bottecelli. BSAS funds the Peer Recovery Support Centers, while Spectrum Health Systems hosts two of those centers -- the Recovery Connection at 31 Main Street in Marlborough and Everyday Miracles at 25 Pleasant Street in Worcester.

Based in Worcester, Massachusetts, Spectrum Health Systems, Inc. is a private, not-for-profit substance abuse and mental health treatment provider. Spectrum currently operates programs in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Georgia, Tennessee, Maine, Maryland, Iowa and Washington State – serving more than 20,000 adults and at-risk youth each year.

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

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