Spectrum Health Systems, Inc. was selected by the Florida Department of Corrections to operate substance abuse therapeutic community programs at three correctional facilities in the state.  The new contracts include 408 residential treatment beds, designed to serve male inmates with serious substance abuse issues.

Twenty years ago, Spectrum developed the Correctional Recovery Academy™, a modified therapeutic community model specifically modified for the criminal justice population.  Today, Spectrum’s Correctional Treatment Division provides a range of services to more than 6,500 criminal offenders each day, including 31 in-prison therapeutic community programs, totaling nearly 4,000 beds nationwide. 

 “Despite the wake of shrinking public dollars, Spectrum’s correctional services continue to grow as states look for evidence-based, value-added strategies to reduce the taxpayer burden of reincarceration,” explained Christopher Petrozzi, executive vice president of correctional services.  
The Florida Department of Corrections admits about 37,000 inmates to the state prison system every year. For each of the last five years, the single largest group of prison admissions was due to drug-related crimes.  Incarceration presents an opportune time to provide essential treatment services to substance abusing inmates in order to help them achieve sustained recovery and prepare for successful community reintegration. 

According to Petrozzi, “Numerous outcome studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of Spectrum’s programming in reducing relapse and recidivism.  We look forward to working with the Florida Department of Corrections in achieving similar results.” 

Based in Worcester, Massachusetts, Spectrum Health Systems, Inc. is a private, not-for-profit substance abuse and mental health treatment provider.  The organization currently treats 40,000 individuals each year through more than 115 programs in community-based settings and correctional institutions throughout Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Georgia, Tennessee, Iowa, Maine, Washington State, and now Florida. 

CONTACT:
Andrew Strecker, Development Associate
(508) 792-5400 x7113

streckera@spectrumhealthsystems.org