Project Peer Connection

A Peer Mentoring Program for Reintegrating Ex-Offenders


What is Peer Mentoring?

Peer mentoring involves one-to-one support to ex-offenders as they return to the community, helping them access needed resources, services and other supports. It includes motivating individuals to engage in community-based services, making follow-up phone calls, and providing ongoing encouragement and positive reinforcement.

Who is a Mentor?

A mentor is a volunteer who acts as a role model, a coach and a “bridge” to appropriate resources. Mentors are non-judgmental. They are there to listen and assist the client in attaining his/her individual goals. Matches are made based on commonalities and preferences of both the client and mentor.

Mentors come from all different backgrounds including some who have previously been incarcerated and others who have not. Mentors are closely supervised by Spectrum’s mentoring coordinators.

 Our Process

  • The mentoring process begins with a series of face-to-face “bridge” meetings that include Spectrum’s in-prison mentoring coordinator. Typically, 3 to 5 bridge meetings take place over 3 months leading up to release.
  • Mentors then meet with clients 6 to 8 times over 3 months in the community. Meetings may include phone calls and in-person meetings.
  • Length of participation may be extended based on individual needs and preferences.

Mentor Eligibility Requirements

  • 18 years of age or older
  • Must have access to personal transportation
  • Must commit at least 6 months towards the program
  • If in recovery, must have at least 2 years of sobriety
  • If an ex-offender, must be off parole/probation for at least 2 years
  • Mentors must complete Spectrum’s comprehensive orientation training
  • Strong community ties are a plus!


What are the Benefits of Being a Mentor?

  • Make a difference in another person’s life
  • Assist in building a safer community
  • Earn personal satisfaction from guiding, supporting and teaching others
  • By teaching others you will learn more yourself
  • Return the favor! Mentoring others is about giving something back


For more information, please call (508) 340-2980

Through the operation of our multi-state programs, Spectrum has demonstrated its effectiveness in developing strong partnerships with public and private purchasers.  Recognizing the unique management approach needed to support out-of-state operations, Spectrum has built an infrastructure capable of meeting these demands.  All programs benefit from Spectrum’s corporate resources which provide expertise in clinical design, human resources, financial management, training, risk management, compliance and quality improvement.

For more information regarding correctional treatment services, please call the Spectrum corporate office at

(508) 792-5400

For the past forty-eight years, Spectrum has dedicated itself to providing effective addiction treatment. With a full-time staff of nearly 1,200 clinicians, physicians, nurses, caseworkers and other professionals, Spectrum’s mission is to assist all clients in achieving sobriety, sustaining recovery, and fulfilling personal goals in order that they may lead healthier, more productive lives.

Spectrum’s correctional treatment programs teach offenders effective, real-life ways to lead a pro-social, drug-free life and prepare for successful community living. Spectrum works in partnership with host institutions, correctional personnel and probation and parole authorities to prepare program participants for maintaining a lasting recovery, thus reducing the risk of relapse and recidivism over the long term. Our methods recognize and support the role and authority of the institution, and programming is designed to ensure a safe and secure environment at all times.


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-three years later, Spectrum is known as a national leader in treatment programming for criminal justice populations, operating more than 140 programs in community-based settings and correctional institutions throughout Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Georgia, Tennessee and Virginia.

In fact, Spectrum is currently the sole provider of statewide prison-based treatment systems in Georgia and Massachusetts. Spectrum also manages more than 4,000 in-prison therapeutic community treatment beds across the country. 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.