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Creating Partnerships. Developing Professionals. Improving Lives.

Spectrum’s capacity-building work has evolved over time, borne from the organization’s ongoing desire and commitment to advancing the field of addiction treatment. Headed by Romas Buivydas, Ph.D., LMHC and Vice President of Clinical Development, Spectrum Education, Training and Consulting seeks to further this mission by leveraging the organization's extensive experience and expertise in addiction treatment to provide public education, professional training and technical assistance.

Dr. Buivydas has more than 25 years of experience in the behavioral health field. As Spectrum’s Vice President of Clinical Development, he oversees the organization’s comprehensive staff training and professional development programs. Dr. Buivydas has provided consultation to numerous behavioral health organizations, trained medical and psychiatric staff at UMass Medical Center and regularly presents at conferences and symposia across the country.

Based on the project scope and area of expertise required, we’re able to tap into an impressive consulting team comprised of senior staff offering a wealth of practical experience. Additionally, we offer a series of trainings for behavioral health personnel seeking professional development and continuing education hours.

 

Fall Training Series  Custom Training

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Spectrum’s Annual Meeting was held on October 19, 2017 at the Beechwood Hotel in Worcester, Massachusetts. Spectrum staff and board members were joined by former clients, colleagues, advocates and public officials in celebrating the organization's achievements and future plans.  Keynote speaker, Jennifer Queally, undersecretary for law enforcement, spoke of Spectrum’s innovative partnership with the City of Worcester, Worcester County District Attorney’s Office and the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS) to provide treatment to eligible individuals arrested for purchasing heroin and other opioids.

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Project Peer Connection

A Peer Mentoring Program for Reintegrating Ex-Offenders

 

What is Peer Mentoring?

Peer mentoring involves one-to-one support to ex-offenders as they return to the community, helping them access needed resources, services and other supports. It includes motivating individuals to engage in community-based services, making follow-up phone calls, and providing ongoing encouragement and positive reinforcement.

Who is a Mentor?

A mentor is a volunteer who acts as a role model, a coach and a “bridge” to appropriate resources. Mentors are non-judgmental. They are there to listen and assist the client in attaining his/her individual goals. Matches are made based on commonalities and preferences of both the client and mentor.

Mentors come from all different backgrounds including some who have previously been incarcerated and others who have not. Mentors are closely supervised by Spectrum’s mentoring coordinators.

 Our Process

  • The mentoring process begins with a series of face-to-face “bridge” meetings that include Spectrum’s in-prison mentoring coordinator. Typically, 3 to 5 bridge meetings take place over 3 months leading up to release.
  • Mentors then meet with clients 6 to 8 times over 3 months in the community. Meetings may include phone calls and in-person meetings.
  • Length of participation may be extended based on individual needs and preferences.

Mentor Eligibility Requirements

  • 18 years of age or older
  • Must have access to personal transportation
  • Must commit at least 6 months towards the program
  • If in recovery, must have at least 2 years of sobriety
  • If an ex-offender, must be off parole/probation for at least 2 years
  • Mentors must complete Spectrum’s comprehensive orientation training
  • Strong community ties are a plus!

 

What are the Benefits of Being a Mentor?

  • Make a difference in another person’s life
  • Assist in building a safer community
  • Earn personal satisfaction from guiding, supporting and teaching others
  • By teaching others you will learn more yourself
  • Return the favor! Mentoring others is about giving something back

 

For more information, please call (508) 340-2980

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Spectrum Health Systems thanks everyone who participated in its 16th Annual Charity Golf Tournament on Monday, October 15, 2017 at the Worcester Country Club. More than 120 golfers and 20 volunteers enjoyed a crisp New England fall day while helping raise nearly $100,000 in support of Spectrum’s mission. We’d also like to recognize our generous sponsors, including: TD Bank, East Coast Benefit Plans, NexDine, 15-40 Connection, Archer Security, Bowditch & Dewey, Brendon Properties, Cutler Associates, Well Fargo Advisors and South Shore Mental Health.

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