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Spectrum Health Systems held its Annual Meeting on October 21, 2013, at the Beechwood Hotel in Worcester. Notable attendees included Worcester District Attorney Joseph Early Jr., Worcester County Sheriff Lewis Evangelidis, and Worcester’s acting Commissioner of Public Health, Dr. Michael Hirsh.

naughton-grenier-farisThe event’s guest speaker was state Rep. Harold P. Naughton Jr., House chair of the Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security.

“We all need to shine some light on the despair and desperation so many face on a daily basis to finally make people realize that the stigma doesn’t need to be there. These are our brothers, our sisters, our friends,” said Rep. Naughton while speaking about substance abuse and mental health treatment issues.

State Rep. James O’Day, chair of the Joint Committee on Elder Affairs, was presented with the Legislator of the Year award for his work and strong support of  legislation that raises the age of juvenile jurisdiction from 17 to 18, opening up more opportunities for the Commonwealth's at-risk youth population.

Spectrum President & CEO Charles Faris said at the meeting, “We have substantially increased the number of lives we’ve touched, and plan to aggressively expand and reach more who are in need, giving them an opportunity to get on the road to recovery and break the destructive cycle of addiction.”

Also speaking were former Spectrum clients Scott and Krystal, who told the audience of the stories of their battles with substance abuse, from being addicted, homeless and alone to taking the steps necessary and accepting the help offered to regain their lives.

oday-faris“Spectrum helped me get to the next step of learning how to live,” said Krystal, who entered a continuum of care beginning with Spectrum’s inpatient detoxification program located at Spectrum’s Westborough Treatment Campus. She then attended Spectrum’s residential treatment program and upon completion took part in the comprehensive reentry services Spectrum offers.

“I have a great life today,” said Krystal.

At the meeting, David Grenier, president of Cutler Capital Management, was re-elected chair of the Spectrum Board of Trustees. Verilyn “Mike” Mitchell, vice president for real estate planning and development as the MassDevelopment Finance Agency, was re-elected vice chair. David Felper, a partner at the law firm of Bowditch & Dewey, was elected secretary and Rev. Susan Suchocki-Brown, of the First Church Unitarian Universalist in Leominster, was elected assistant secretary. Spectrum President & CEO Charles Faris was re-elected as board president and Chief Financial Officer Janet Langlois was re-elected treasurer.