Dec 30, 2009 — Memorial Donation Benefits Spectrum Residential Treatment Program

More than 50 residents living at Spectrum Health Systems' Residential Rehabilitation Program in Westborough, Massachusetts, were present Saturday afternoon, December 26, 2009, to meet and thank a North Carolina family with local ties that provided over $4,000 in unsolicited monetary donations to the program this holiday season.
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Nov 11, 2009 — Spectrum Announces Newly Elected Board of Trustees Officers and Members

Spectrum Health Systems, Inc. is proud to announce its newly elected Board of Trustees Chairman and Vice Chairperson:
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Nov 05, 2009 — Spectrum Health Systems Announces Two Key Hires

Spectrum Health Systems, Inc. recently hired Andrew Strecker as development associate and Nicole Langlois as government grants manager. 
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Oct 28, 2009 — Spectrum Managers Win Behavioral Healthcare Awards

Spectrum Health Systems Chief Operating Officer Laura Ames and Director of Corporate Compliance Michael Stuart were each honored with an award at the Association for Behavioral Healthcare’s (ABH) Annual Provider Celebration. The event recognizes the accomplishments of individuals who have made outstanding contributions to community-based behavioral health over the past year. “Having two Spectrum employees recognized by the ABH for management and leadership skills shows how dedicated this organization is from the top level down to improving the lives of individuals impacted by addiction and mental illness,” said Spectrum Health Systems President and CEO Charles J. Faris. Ms. Ames received the Provider Recognition Award for Administration and Finance for her personal commitment to quality and innovation in the management of program finances and operations. “It is a special honor to receive an award from one of the premier organizations advocating for mental health and addiction treatment services,” said Ms. Ames. Mr. Stuart received the Innovative Practice Award for his involvement in the Massachusetts Standardized Documentation Project (MSDP) Leadership Team. “Being a part of the Leadership Team has been a great experience. This award is a good example of how interagency collaboration can lead to innovative practices and processes,” said Mr. Stuart. Approximately 370 people attended the event, held on October 23rd at the Westin Hotel in Waltham, Mass. Prior to joining Spectrum, Ms. Ames served as COO for iCare Management where she oversaw the operation of nine skilled nursing facilities, totaling $100 million. She holds a Master of Science in Nursing Administration and a Master of Business Administration. Mr. Stuart has been Spectrum’s director of corporate compliance for the past three years. He holds a Master of Business Administration. Based in Worcester, Mass., Spectrum Health Systems, Inc. is a private, not-for-profit provider of substance abuse treatment and mental health services. The company serves more than 20,000 individuals each year throughout Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Georgia, Maine, Tennessee, Maryland, Iowa and Washington. CONTACT: Cindy Buraczynski, Director of Planning (508) 792-5400 x7115 cindy.buraczynski@spectrumsys.org
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Jul 28, 2009 — Spectrum Health Systems Earns CARF Accreditation in Maryland

Spectrum’s residential treatment program located at the Carroll County Long Term Treatment Facility in Sykesville, Maryland earned a three-year accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) in April. Spectrum opened the 48-bed program two years ago when it was awarded a contract by the Department of Citizen Services. “Spectrum has strong leadership and dedicated staff members who provide a continuum of services to a broad and diverse population,” wrote the survey team following an in-depth, onsite review of the program. “The organization ensures that services are provided in a healthy and safe environment that promotes dignity and respect.” Clients in the program follow a structured daily schedule consisting of recovery groups, individual counseling, work therapy, recreational activities and continuing care planning. The program’s length of stay ranges between six and nine months, based on individual progress. Throughout treatment, clients learn relapse prevention strategies and make concrete plans for maintaining their recovery upon completion of the program. Based in Worcester, Massachusetts, Spectrum Health Systems, Inc. is a private, not-for-profit provider of substance abuse treatment and mental health services. In addition to Maryland, Spectrum operates programs in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Georgia, Maine, Tennessee, Iowa and Washington State – serving more than 20,000 individuals each year. CONTACT: Cindy Buraczynski, Director of Planning Phone: (508) 792-5400 x7115 cindy.buraczynski@spectrumhealthsys.org
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Jun 25, 2009 — Spectrum Wins Statewide Contract in Washington State

Spectrum Health Systems was recently awarded a contract by the Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC) to provide chemical dependency treatment staff, administration, quality assurance and program improvements as a part of the Washington State DOC continuum of chemical dependency treatment services. Programs are provided throughout the state, including 19 prisons/jails, 13 work release facilities, and more than 20 community-based offices. Services include therapeutic community treatment, intensive outpatient treatment, and outpatient treatment, serving more than 3,000 offenders at any given time.
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Jun 25, 2009 — Spectrum Health Systems Earns Exemplary CARF Citations

Spectrum’s Georgia-based substance abuse treatment programs recently earned a three-year accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). The survey’s team report included two exemplary citations. This accreditation serves as an external endorsement of performance for providers in the field of rehabilitation. Accredited organizations must meet rigorous CARF guidelines for service and quality. Spectrum has maintained its CARF accreditation in Georgia since 1996. “The organization has a well-defined set of values, including compassion, service excellence, integrity, optimal care, creativity, positive workplace, and fiscal responsibility, that is reiterated throughout all levels of programming,” wrote the survey team following its in-depth, onsite program review at five state correctional facilities. “Staff retention, longevity, and perseverance are core to the success of Spectrum Health Systems.” For the past fifteen years, Spectrum has operated prison-based residential substance abuse treatment programs in the State of Georgia under contract to the Department of Corrections and the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles. In 2004, Spectrum was awarded a contract by the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles to provide statewide substance abuse counseling services to 10,200 parolees per year. Headquartered in Massachusetts, Spectrum Health Systems, Inc. is a private, not-for-profit substance abuse and mental health treatment provider serving more than 20,000 individuals each year in community and institutional settings across eight states. CONTACT: Cindy Buraczynski, Director of Planning Phone: (508) 792-5400 x7115 cindy.buraczynski@spectrumhealthsys.org
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May 28, 2009 — Director of Quality Improvement Becomes CARF Surveyor

The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) has designated Dennis Theriault as an "Accreditation Surveyor." Mr. Theriault is Spectrum's director of quality improvement, a position he has held since 2004. CARF is a private, not-for-profit organization that promotes quality rehabilitation facilities and evaluates over 5,500 treatment providers internationally. Spectrum independently seeks accreditation from CARF to demonstrate that our treatment programs meet rigorous quality standards. Currently, Spectrum's inpatient and outpatient treatment programs in Massachusetts, in-prison treatment programs in Georgia, and residential treatment program in Sykesville, Maryland, are CARF accredited. As an accreditation surveyor, Mr. Theriault will collaborate with a team of CARF surveyors several times a year to perform on-site evaluations. This role will allow Mr. Theriault to become an expert in CARF standards, and will offer him an in-depth look at how other CARF-accredited programs tackle challenges similar to those faced by Spectrum. Mr. Theriault holds a Bachelor's degree in psychology and a Master's degree in business administration. 
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May 28, 2009 — Spectrum's CEO Designated "Health Care Hero"

The Worcester Business Journal of Worcester, Massachusetts has awarded Charles J. Faris, president and CEO of Spectrum Health Systems, Inc., as a "Health Care Hero" for Corporate Achievement in Health Care. "As Spectrum celebrates 40 years as a nonprofit, this award prompts all of us at Spectrum reflect on the importance of our work," states Mr. Faris. "I am very proud that Spectrum is being recognized. Spectrum's growth and effective treatment services would not be possible without our dedicated staff."
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May 28, 2009 — Spectrum Earns Community Service Award

Lynne Cory, probation and parole supervisor for the Rhode Island Department of Corrections recently presented Susan Moitozo, associate vice president of clinical services for Spectrum with the 2009 Association of Paroling Authorities International "Community Service Award" at the APAI 25th Annual Training Conference held in Newport, Rhode Island. The intent of the award is to recognize individuals or organizations that have contributed significantly to furthering the rehabilitative efforts of parole. Ms. Cory cited Spectrum's extensive efforts at the Rhode Island Department of Corrections to connect inmates to community resources as the basis for the nomination.
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Mar 16, 2009 — Spectrum's Evidence-Based Treatment Demonstrates Improved Recidivism Rates

More than 80% of state prisoners across the country report lifetime drug use. Unfortunately, the number of inmates who receive substance abuse treatment is far fewer. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, less than 20 percent of drug involved inmates receive formal treatment during their incarceration. Without treatment, inmates return to their former lives with a high probability of re-offending and continued drug use. In fact, approximately 70% of drug abusing offenders return to prison within three years of their release. 
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Mar 16, 2009 — New Clinic Opens in Southbridge, Massachusetts

Spectrum is pleased to announce the opening of a new outpatient clinic located at 176 Main Street in Southbridge, Massachusetts. The new location will offer opiate treatment, beginning in April. For more information, please contact the intake department at 1-800-464-9555 extension 1161.
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