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Spectrum Health Systems names new COO

April 29, 2011
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Worcester, Mass. — Spectrum Health Systems, Inc., New England's leading substance abuse treatment provider, is pleased to announce the hiring of Peter B. Rockholz as its Chief Operating Officer.

"Peter has spent his entire professional career in the addictions treatment field in both the private and public sectors. He enjoys a highly respected reputation in the field," said Spectrum President & CEO Charles Faris.


Recently working as Connecticut's governor-appointed Deputy Commissioner of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Mr. Rockholz joins Spectrum Health Systems at a time when rapid program expansion, increased contract competition and greater reimbursement complexity combine to demand a vigilant focus on internal strategy, leadership development and infrastructure improvements that keep pace with an ever-changing landscape and expected growth during the next five to ten years.


Rockholz is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, earned his Master's degree in Social Work from Columbia University and holds a faculty appointment at the Yale School of Medicine.


"We are extremely confident in Peter's abilities to be a key leader in the organization, leading both the strategy and day-to-day operations of Spectrum's full array of outpatient, residential and corrections-based programs," said Spectrum Executive Vice President of Clinical Services Peter Paolantonio.


Rockholz commented, "It is a pleasure to join the strong and highly professional leadership team at Spectrum, where I will certainly appreciate working within a very mature organization that enjoys strong board and community support, a reputation for excellence, and a wide array of client-centered, recovery-oriented services. I look forward to making a contribution to the continued growth and success of this exemplary organization."


With over 35 years of experience in the non-profit behavioral health sector, Rockholz is recognized as an expert in adolescent substance abuse treatment, therapeutic communities, and institutional culture assessment and change. He has served as a national consultant to several states, specializing in the development of effective behavioral health programs in community and correctional settings. Mr. Rockholz also led the development of a national protocol for institutional culture assessment and change for the U.S. Department of Justice, and has extensive clinical and administrative experience in developing high-quality national model programs.


Besides serving as Deputy Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Mr. Rockholz has worked professionally as an independent consultant, providing a range of consulting services to non-profit organizations nationally, and in leadership capacities as President and CEO of the New York Center for Living, Inc. He has also worked as a Senior Associate for the Criminal Justice Institute, Inc. in Connecticut, as a Senior Consultant for REFORM Group, Inc. in New York state, and as Executive Director of Residential Services for the APT Foundation, Inc. in New Haven, Connecticut.


Rockholz is the author of numerous articles, chapters and papers on behavioral health. He is also a reviewer for the American Journal on Addictions and the Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research and is on the editorial board of the Offender Programs Report.

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