Built upon principles of best practice and evidence-based approaches, Spectrum’s correctional treatment programs incorporate cognitive behavioral theory and motivational enhancement techniques to assist offenders in understanding and assessing their own treatment readiness, learning pro-social skills, addressing individual risks of relapse and recidivism, and preparing for successful community reintegration. Our primary goal is for program participants to learn practical ways to achieve a pro-social, productive way of life, free from addiction and crime.


For more information regarding correctional treatment services, please call the Spectrum corporate office at (508) 792-5400

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  • Assessment Services Open or Close

    Over the years, Spectrum has assessed tens of thousands of offenders across the country. Clinical assessment is a primary component in all of Spectrum’s correctional treatment programs. Spectrum also provides prison-based assessment services for offenders entering the criminal justice system.

    Spectrum uses a number of evidence-based, research validated assessment instruments to identify each offender’s unique characteristics and individual needs, determine the offender’s readiness to change, and identify the severity of his/her addiction. Assessment results are used to determine the most appropriate and most effective treatment modality, individualize treatment and inform aftercare planning.

  • Outpatient Counseling Open or Close

    Spectrum provides a range of outpatient counseling services to offenders in prisons, jails, parole offices and community-based locations. Spectrum’s program design is flexible in order to address the needs of the target population.

    Generally speaking, more intensive services are used to treat moderate risk/need offenders and/or inmates with shorter sentences to serve. Spectrum’s intensive outpatient day treatment program involves daily programming delivered in three sequential phases. Participants receive individualized assessment, treatment planning and discharge planning services. Length of stay varies based on the individual’s progress toward treatment goals and expectations.

    Although similar in many respects, Spectrum’s outpatient treatment is less intensive and targets lower risk/need offenders. Offenders referred for outpatient treatment also receive individualized assessment, treatment planning and discharge planning services. In prison-based programs, offenders typically attend three 90-minute group sessions per week, for a period of twelve weeks. The frequency of groups is usually less in community-based programs.

  • Reentry Programming Open or Close

    Spectrum provides a range of reentry programming designed to prepare offenders for sustained recovery and successful community reintegration. Individualized reentry planning is a primary component in most of Spectrum’s treatment programs. Offenders attend an extensive series of group counseling sessions covering issues related to release preparation and designed to reduce the likelihood of future relapse and recidivism.

    In preparation for release, offenders develop a reentry plan to address individual needs in regard to housing, substance abuse, family, employment, education, health and mental health. Offenders also meet with Spectrum’s counseling staff for a series of individual sessions to identify necessary services, make appointments and establish linkages to appropriate community-based providers.

    Following release, counseling staff monitor the offender for a period of time to evaluate the efficacy of the reentry plan and the offender’s compliance with it. Sometimes the plan is modified to reflect the offender’s changing needs and the challenges of community reintegration. During this time, the counselor provides support to the offender and maintains contact with community service providers and probation/parole, as needed.

  • Correctional Recovery Academy Open or Close

    Spectrum’s Correctional Recovery Academy™ (CRA) is an advanced form of therapeutic community programming designed to change the thinking and behavioral habits of moderate to high risk/need offenders. Spectrum’s CRA functions as a distinctive community within the host institution, providing a highly structured and supportive learning environment in which to address criminal and addictive behaviors. Emphasis is placed on mutual respect, accountability and responsibility. Motivational techniques are used to engage offenders in treatment and prepare them for active participation and successful completion of Spectrum’s structured cognitive behavioral programming.  

    Program objectives seek to address known contributors of substance abuse and criminal behavior such as dysfunctional interpersonal relations, poor impulse control, and inappropriate responses to authority. Throughout sequential treatment phases, offenders’ behaviors, attitudes, values and emotions are continually monitored, corrected and reinforced. The goal of programming is to reduce or eliminate drug and alcohol dependence, while ensuring a smooth reentry and successful adjustment to community living upon release.