The Spectrum Charitable Foundation is pleased to announce its receipt of the following grant awards, totaling $81,900.

Spectrum Health Systems was awarded two new contracts by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Tobacco Control Program, totaling $190,000 per year. As a result, Spectrum has developed a Youth Tobacco Prevention program to work with local boards of health and municipal officials in the Blackstone Valley to reduce youth access to tobacco products through retailer education and compliance monitoring. Beginning January 1, 2007, Spectrum will also implement a smoking intervention demonstration project in Worcester, one of five pilot sites selected in the state.

Spectrum Health Systems, Inc. was awarded a contract by the Rhode Island Department of Corrections to deliver a continuum of substance abuse treatment programs throughout the state’s correctional system.

Spectrum Health Systems, Inc. was selected by the Massachusetts Department of Youth Services as the successful bidder to operate an assessment unit for girls at the state’s Metro Youth Services Center in Dorchester. Slated to open August 1, 2006, the twelve-bed program will provide short-term behavioral treatment and clinical assessment services for girls committed to the Department of Youth Services. Spectrum already operates 55 detention beds at the same facility. The new program will employ twenty-one staff, providing round-the-clock coverage.

Spectrum Health Systems, Inc. was awarded a contract by the Tennessee Department of Correction to operate residential substance abuse treatment programs at six correctional facilities in the state. The contract includes more than 500 treatment beds, serving both male and female inmates with serious substance abuse issues.