Founded in 1969, Spectrum Health Systems was responsible for establishing one of the first therapeutic communities in the country for the treatment of drug abuse. Spectrum has grown considerably since that time, broadening its array of services and developing specialized programs for substance abusing women, criminal offenders, individuals with co-occurring disorders and at-risk youth.

Spectrum’s Corrections Division was established in 1993 when it was awarded its first contract with the Massachusetts Department of Correction. Twenty-nine years later, Spectrum is known as a national leader in treatment programming for criminal justice populations, serving more than 21,000 offenders in prison and community-based settings each year. Through the operation of these programs, Spectrum has demonstrated its effectiveness in developing strong partnerships with public sector purchasers.

At the heart of Spectrum’s successful history has been its ability and desire to keep pace with the growing research and information available on the treatment of substance abuse and related disorders. Over time, Spectrum has adapted to an ever-changing service delivery system while remaining committed to its core principles.

“The organization has a well-defined set of values, including compassion, service excellence, integrity, optimal care, creativity, positive workplace and fiscal responsibility, that is reiterated throughout all levels of programming.”

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“The organization’s data regarding recidivism show an impressive outcome for those individuals who have received residential substance abuse treatment.”

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“The organization’s leadership, staff members, and other stakeholders believe in the mission of the organization and its ability to improve the lives of those served.”

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“The staff members of Spectrum Health Systems are enthusiastic and energetic in their interactions with the persons served and are credited by the persons served for fostering hope in their future.”

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“I entered Spectrum’s detox at the lowest point in my life. While I was there, I took a tour of the residential program. I decided to try it because I did not want to go back to my old way of life. Now I’m in recovery, working and making plans for my future – something I never dreamed possible.”

“The Correctional Recovery Academy model provides a holistic approach to treating addictions and associated behaviors. All aspects of living without substances are addressed, practiced and modeled.”

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