May 28, 2009 — Director of Quality Improvement Becomes CARF Surveyor

The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) has designated Dennis Theriault as an "Accreditation Surveyor." Mr. Theriault is Spectrum's director of quality improvement, a position he has held since 2004. CARF is a private, not-for-profit organization that promotes quality rehabilitation facilities and evaluates over 5,500 treatment providers internationally. Spectrum independently seeks accreditation from CARF to demonstrate that our treatment programs meet rigorous quality standards. Currently, Spectrum's inpatient and outpatient treatment programs in Massachusetts, in-prison treatment programs in Georgia, and residential treatment program in Sykesville, Maryland, are CARF accredited. As an accreditation surveyor, Mr. Theriault will collaborate with a team of CARF surveyors several times a year to perform on-site evaluations. This role will allow Mr. Theriault to become an expert in CARF standards, and will offer him an in-depth look at how other CARF-accredited programs tackle challenges similar to those faced by Spectrum. Mr. Theriault holds a Bachelor's degree in psychology and a Master's degree in business administration. 
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May 28, 2009 — Spectrum Earns Community Service Award

Lynne Cory, probation and parole supervisor for the Rhode Island Department of Corrections recently presented Susan Moitozo, associate vice president of clinical services for Spectrum with the 2009 Association of Paroling Authorities International "Community Service Award" at the APAI 25th Annual Training Conference held in Newport, Rhode Island. The intent of the award is to recognize individuals or organizations that have contributed significantly to furthering the rehabilitative efforts of parole. Ms. Cory cited Spectrum's extensive efforts at the Rhode Island Department of Corrections to connect inmates to community resources as the basis for the nomination.
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Mar 16, 2009 — Spectrum's Evidence-Based Treatment Demonstrates Improved Recidivism Rates

More than 80% of state prisoners across the country report lifetime drug use. Unfortunately, the number of inmates who receive substance abuse treatment is far fewer. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, less than 20 percent of drug involved inmates receive formal treatment during their incarceration. Without treatment, inmates return to their former lives with a high probability of re-offending and continued drug use. In fact, approximately 70% of drug abusing offenders return to prison within three years of their release. 
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