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James Donald, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Corrections presented Melissa Killough with the Commissioner’s Leadership Coin in recognition of her outstanding performance as director of Spectrum’s 384-bed treatment program at the Bainbridge Probation Substance Abuse Treatment Center. Ms. Killough has worked for Spectrum since 2001.

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Spectrum’s treatment program at the Bainbridge Probation Substance Abuse Treatment Center recently doubled in size with the addition of 192 beds by the Georgia Department of Corrections. On November 1, James Donald, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Corrections held a ribbon cutting ceremony to dedicate the new treatment beds. Charles Faris, Spectrum President and Chief Executive Officer, and Vice President of Clinical Services, Peter Paolantonio attended the dedication ceremony, along with numerous city and state officials.

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Spectrum's Vice President of Clinical Services, Peter Paolantonio recently presented at a three-day training conference hosted by the Maine Department of Corrections. More than two-hundred correctional staff attended the annual event. Mr. Paolantonio was asked to present on the principles of effective treatment and evidence-based treatment approaches, while providing an overview of Spectrum’s in-prison treatment model in Maine.

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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.

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Spectrum Health Systems recently changed the name of its Youth Academy program to R.E.A.C.H. which stands for “Recovery through Education, Adventure, Commitment and Health.” The new name is meant to reflect the program’s transformation from a para-military style approach to a Project Adventure (PA) model, thus creating a less stressful environment and allowing residents to focus on their treatment and recovery.

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