The Charles J. Faris Recovery Center

On Friday May 29th, Spectrum officially opened the 100-bed, 40,000 square foot Charles J. Faris Recovery Center set atop a hill overlooking Spectrum’s Treatment Campus in Westborough, Massachusetts. The new state-of-the-art facility is intended to provide a dignified and supportive environment conducive to the highest quality of addiction treatment.

The new facility boasts spacious group meeting spaces, a media center, fitness area and professional kitchen and dining areas. The living spaces–set up in four distinct wings—offer individual bathroom/shower facilities and kitchenettes.

The building pays tribute to Spectrum’s President and CEO whose 44 years of service dedicated to helping people with addictions live better lives recently earned him a prestigious Visionary Leadership award from the National Council for Behavioral Health. “Chuck has been an inspiration to many of us, colleagues and clients alike,” said Mr. Grenier, chairman of Spectrum’s board of trustees. “Having Chuck’s name adorn this building is a testament to his commitment to those seeking recovery from the disease of addiction.”

The Charles J. Faris Recovery Center is the newest addition to Spectrum’s Westborough Treatment Campus, the largest addiction treatment facility in New England. Spectrum’s campus also includes Acute Detoxification Services, Transitional Support Services and Young Adult Residential Treatment, as well as the New England Recovery Center™ which received its first client in early June.


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Welcome Virginia!

dsc04191 Spectrum recently launched three new therapeutic community (TC) programs in concert with the Virginia Department of Corrections. These new programs are expected to serve more than 1,000 high risk offenders on any given day.

“We are extremely proud of our strong reputation across the country and very excited about expanding to Virginia,” commented Christopher Petrozzi, senior vice president of correctional cervices. “In 1969, Spectrum began as one of the first therapeutic community treatment providers in the country. With this award, we’ll be operating one of the largest in-prison TC programs in the country at the Indian Creek Correctional Center, and look forward to being a part of the Commonwealth’s efforts to reduce recidivism for returning citizens.”

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Tennessee Expansion

Spectrum recently expanded its role with the Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC) to include cognitive behavioral, victim impact and batterers' intervention services for offenders under probationary and parole supervision. Spectrum has provided in-prison residential substance abuse treatment services on behalf of the TDOC since 2006.

“We’re excited about having this opportunity to work directly with offenders transitioning out of Tennessee correctional facilities,” said Ryan McMahon, Spectrum’s state director in Tennessee. “We’re already seeing good outcomes and decreased recidivism with our existing addiction treatment services. This curriculum is another important step in helping offenders reintegrate, reach their goals and increase pro-social behavior.”

Built around a small group format with no more than 24 participants in one group, programming will be delivered by full-time facilitators in 14 districts throughout the state. Facilitators will be in regular contact with the parole and probation officers assigned to each offender to maintain contact regarding progress and outcomes.

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Outpatient Tx in Saugus and North Adams

Spectrum continued its outpatient treatment expansion this year with the opening of two new treatment centers in Saugus and North Adams, Massachusetts. These new centers will specialize in providing medication-assisted treatment to help address the prevalence of opioid addiction in the northeast.

Addresses and phone numbers for the newest outpatient treatment centers are:

  • 184 Broadway, Suites 17 & 18,
    Saugus, MA 01906-1099
    Phone: 800-464-9555 ext. 1161
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  • 1274 Curran Memorial Highway,
    North Adams, MA 01247-3907
    Phone: 413-664-9024

"We reviewed national, state and local public health data in addition to the geographic distribution of our existing client base in determining new site locations," said Kristin Nolan, Spectrum's vice president of outpatient services. "With increased access we ensure clients receive the treatment, education and support they need to further their recovery while maximizing their productivity" added Nolan.

Saugus and North Adams represent Spectrum’s ninth and tenth outpatient treatment centers in Massachusetts, a 100% increase since 2012.

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New Peer Recovery Center Opens in Lawrence

A new Peer Recovery Support Center opened its doors on May 8th in downtown Lawrence, Massachusetts. The new center at 487 Essex Street is hosted by Spectrum under contract with the Department of Public Health and is expected to serve over 100 residents of Lawrence, Haverhill, North Andover and other nearby cities and towns each day.

“The opiate addiction crisis in our region has increased the demand for treatment services across the board,” said Kurt Isaacson, chief operating officer of Spectrum. “Many individuals who finish an inpatient or outpatient program help sustain their recovery through the strong network of support offered through our peer recovery programs. We are pleased to partner with the Department of Public Health to bring this proven program to Lawrence and the surrounding communities.”

The Lawrence Peer Recovery Center is based on a peer “participatory” model that has proven successful at Spectrum recovery centers in Worcester and Marlborough. Each center offers a variety of peer-driven support groups, recreational activities, social events and volunteer opportunities. Members also have access to onsite computers and a wealth of resource materials.

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Spectrum’s Georgia RSAT Program at Turner Receives Accolades from Assistant Commissioner

Spectrum’s RSAT program at the Turner Residential Substance Abuse Treatment facility in Sycamore, Georgia was visited by Assistant Commissioner of Education, Dr. Buster Evans and Anthony Jenkins. They toured each dormitory, RSAT classes, medical, food service, counseling, laundry, commissary and the academic classroom.

Both Drs. Evans and Jenkins stated that they were impressed with the overall appearance of the facility, friendliness and attitude of staff and the participation of detainees in academic classroom and RSAT classes. Dr. Evans expressed that GDC is about trying to make people's lives better, giving them hope and that RSAT is about helping people.

Dr. Evans spoke words of encouragement to the detainees. He posed the question to the detainees asking them if they were aware that in three years that they would be influenced by 1) what they read and 2) the people they hang around. He emphasized that these two things have a great impact on who you are and what you become. He encouraged the detainees to take advantage of the program and the importance of reading.

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IT Corner

Earlier this year, the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative awarded an eHealth eQuality Incentive Program Grant to Spectrum Health Systems to assist with its electronic health record (EHR) systems implementation. The $83,000 grant award is based on the achievement of specific milestones linked to EHR implementation. Milestones include developing a transformation plan, replacing paper charts throughout our inpatient and outpatient divisions, and achieving interoperability with other data systems. The grant program kicked-off in May and is expected to run through June 2017.

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Addiction Counselor Education (ACE) Graduates

ciweuqdwgaa6vpe.jpg large Congratulations to the eight Spectrum employees who recently graduated from the company’s Addiction Counselor Education (ACE) program which offers full-time, unlicensed employees in Massachusetts a convenient and affordable opportunity to become credentialed clinical staff. The program includes six nine-week courses for three hours per week and a 272-hour practicum. Graduates are eligible to apply to the Massachusetts Board of Substance Abuse Counselor Certification to take the State Exam and become a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC) and/or Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor (CADAC). The ACE program is funded by Spectrum as part of its ongoing commitment to professional development.

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Shout Outs

State Director Perry Mowery and the Washington State leadership team welcome the following new employees to the Spectrum team: Melanie Miller, chemical dependency professional (CDP), Yakima Community Justice Center; James Nelson Dixon, program manager, Jordan Miller, CDP and Ryan Cross, CDP trainee (CDPT), at Monroe Correctional Complex; Hardeep Gill, assessment CDPT, at Madison Inn Work Release;  Ashley Updike, assessment CDP, and Susan Terrell, CDP, at the Bellingham Field Office; Jefferson Butler, CDP, at Reynolds Work Release; Debra McDermott, CDP, at Tacoma Community Justice Center; Gretchen Pickett, CDPT, at Everett Community Justice Center; Tera Phillips, CDP, at Port Angeles Field Office; Karen Lavoie, assessment CDP, at Lacey Campus; Steven Glenn, CDPT, at the Washington State Penitentiary; Mary Brown, CDP, at Larch Correction Center; Grace Birrenkott, assessment CDP, at the Spokane Community Justice Center; Brittany Wheeler, CDPT, and Michael Desmond, CDPT, at Airway Heights Correction Center; Kymberli Cochran, CDPT, at the Seattle Community Justice Center; Anna Lang, CDP, and Lesley Gunderson, CDPT, at the Coyote Ridge Correction Center; and, Robin Nielsen, CDP, at the Bremerton Field Office. Welcome one and all!
Big congratulations go out to Alicia Hale who was recently promoted to program manager for Yakima Community Justice Center and the work releases at Tri-Cities and Ahtanum View; Scott Haugh who was recently promoted to program manager for Everett Community Justice Center and the field offices at Bellingham, Mount Vernon, Marysville, and Port Angeles; David Musser who was recently promoted to southwest clinical supervisor and Tiffany Traylor who was recently promoted to eastern clinical supervisor. Way to go Alicia, Scott, David and Tiffany!
We also send special Shout Outs to Danny Makupson, Kristina Jubinville, Jamie Wilkinson, Debra McDermott; and Jennifer Kahlenberg who successfully passed their Washington State CDP exam and were promoted to chemical dependency professionals. Congrats to you!
And a sincere ‘thanks’ goes out to Brenna Taylor, Robert Woodland, Tana Siler and Jayne Cooley Granlund who received an Employee Referral Bonus for referring successful candidates for Spectrum employment.  Thanks for actively participating as part of the Spectrum team!
In Georgia, State Director Sabrina Hudnall congratulates Ashley Harrison, Jennifer Crews, Danielle Durr, January Hudson and Joshua Matthews who became Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselors, Elizabeth Solomon, Larry Pope and Dane Mincey who became Certified Clinical Supervisors (CCS), and Sondra Wright who became a fully Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). Wonderful news GA team!
In addition, Evelyn Wilson at the Residential Substance Abuse Treatment (RSAT) Program at Coastal has been invited speak at the 2015 International Convention of Alcoholics Anonymous being held July 2-5, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. This year’s theme is "80 Years – Happy, Joyous and Free.” We’re proud of you Evelyn! Also, Stephanie Charles will deliver a presentation at the Georgia School for Addiction Studies during their upcoming annual conference being held August 24-28 in Savannah, Georgia. The presentation is on the topic of sleep in treating clients who have substance use disorders. This is Stephanie’s second presentation just this year!
In other news, the Georgia Substance Abuse Aftercare Services (SAAS) program will kick-off the upcoming fiscal year with its first training in July 2015. SAAS Counselors will receive training on addressing the needs of the suicidal client in addiction treatment. This will be followed by the annual SAAS orientation that highlights SAAS program requisites, duties and responsibilities.
In Massachusetts, Nicole Costa, executive director of inpatient and residential services, sends a shout out to Shakira Ayala who was promoted to program director for our Transitional Support Services program in Westborough, Massachusetts. Dennis also sends a special shout out to Diane McIsaac who was promoted to the clinical supervisor at the Young Adult Program also in Westborough. Diane has worked for Spectrum for many years as a clinician at our Milford Outpatient treatment center. Big congratulations Shakira and Diane!
Executive Director of Outpatient Operations Lisa Blanchard recognizes Melissa Yerganian, the new program director of the Saugus Outpatient Treatment Center (OTC), and Jaime O’Neil, the new program director of the Waltham and Framingham OTCs. Congratulations Melissa and Jaime!
Rebecca Polastri, Spectrum’s program director in Pittsfield and North Adams, recognizes Christine Usyk who passed her exam to become a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC). Rebecca also recognizes Ashley Wilock who was promoted from clinician at the Pittsfield OTC to clinical program director of the new North Adams OTC; Jennifer Wager who was promoted from clinical office coordinator to case manager/medical coordinator at the Pittsfield OTC and Karen Moisuk who was promoted from clinician to clinical program director at the Pittsfield OTC. Kudos to Christine, Ashley, Jennifer and Karen!
We also learned that Jessica Keirnan, a clinician at the Pittsfield OTC, volunteered for 7 days at the AIDS Life Cycle event. She was part of a team that biked from San Francisco to Los Angeles and helped raise over $600,000 for AIDS medication, treatment and research. Thank you for your time and dedication Jessica!
Also in Massachusetts, Kate Toomey was selected by the International Council of Alpha Gamma Delta (AGD) to be one of the first of 16 recipients of the AGD Talent of Leadership Award. According to the AGD, “alumnae nominated for this award are those women who make a significant contribution to their professions or who have made a positive impact in their local communities. Congratulations Kate!
And rounding out our shout outs, Cindy Buraczynski, Spectrum’s vice president of external affairs, welcomes Brendan Melican to the new role of public relations manager. As PR Manager, Brendan will focus on building community awareness, promoting Spectrum’s image externally and implementing a range of activities involving media relations and fundraising. Welcome Brendan!

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