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Spectrum’s in-prison substance abuse treatment programs received very favorable ratings from the Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine after an in-depth review using the Correctional Program Assessment Inventory (CPAI). The review team evaluated Spectrum's residential substance abuse treatment program at the Maine Correctional Center and pre-release transitional program at the Central Maine Pre-Release Center.

Developed by researchers, Paul Gendreau, Ph.D. and Donald Andrews, Ph.D, and endorsed by the National Institute of Corrections, the CPAI is based on years of empirical research and designed to measure the “ideal” program. Scores may range from “very satisfactory” or “satisfactory,” to “satisfactory, but needs improvement” or “unsatisfactory.”

Spectrum’s CPAI score of 77% falls within the “very satisfactory” range, the highest rating ever recorded in Maine. Researchers at the University of Cincinnati have assessed over 200 programs nationwide using the CPAI. Approximately 8% of the programs were assessed as being “very satisfactory;” 20 % “satisfactory;” 35% “satisfactory, but needs improvement;” and 36% “unsatisfactory.”

Based in Worcester, Massachusetts, Spectrum Health Systems, Inc. is a private, not-for-profit substance abuse and mental health treatment provider. In addition to Maine, Spectrum operates programs in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Georgia, Arizona and Tennessee – serving more than 18,000 adults and at-risk youth each year.