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Spectrum was recently re-awarded a contract by the Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC) to operate residential substance abuse treatment programs at four state facilities, serving 370 male and female inmates with histories of addiction.

Spectrum has provided these services for the Tennessee Department of Correction since 2006. Programming is designed to teach inmates practical ways to achieve a productive life that is free of drugs and crime.  Length of stay ranges between nine and twelve months based on individual progress.

Nearly 900 inmates completed Spectrum’s programming and were released from 2006 through 2009. Of those inmates, 8% returned to prison within six months, 18% within twelve months, and 25% within two years. These results favorably compare to recidivism data reported by the TDOC Policy, Planning and Research Unit in its report, Tennessee Department of Correction Recidivism Study Felon Releases 2001-2007 released on March 15, 2010. Based on this report, 26% of inmates returned to prison within one year, 39% within two years, and 46% within three years.

“While we’re proud of our accomplishments in Tennessee, Spectrum continually seeks to improve and enhance the programming we provide based on the work of leading researchers in the field,” said Executive Vice President Peter Paolantonio.

Spectrum Health Systems, Inc. is a private, not-for-profit substance abuse treatment and mental health service organization with corporate headquarters in Worcester, Massachusetts. The company currently operates more than 110 treatment programs in community and institutional settings throughout Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maryland, Georgia, Tennessee, Iowa and Washington State.

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

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