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Spectrum Health Systems, Inc., a longtime not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing a comprehensive continuum of addiction treatment throughout Massachusetts, today announces the appointment of Dr. Catharina Armstrong as Program Physician for the Medications for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD) Program funded by the Massachusetts Department of Correction (MADOC). In its new contract with MADOC, Spectrum serves offenders with opioid use disorders across the state. Dr. Armstrong brings a breadth of experience and knowledge about addiction, particularly in correctional settings, to her new role. Between Spectrum’s comprehensive programming and continuum of care, Dr. Armstrong will be administering MOUD treatment via methadone, buprenorphine-naloxone, and naltrexone.

Dr. Armstrong“Dr. Armstrong is a welcome addition to our corrections team,” said Dr. Jeffrey Baxter, Spectrum Health Systems’ Chief Medical Officer. “Incarcerated individuals have a unique set of barriers to treatment, especially with few options for MOUD. Working with the offender population to treat their addictions gives them another chance to succeed once they leave and we’re proud to be a part of bridging the gap for them.”

Board certified in addiction medicine, internal medicine and infectious diseases, Dr. Armstrong will be responsible for providing a comprehensive continuum of care for offenders, including MOUD treatment. In addition to her role with Spectrum, she serves as Associate Director with Newton Wellesley Hospital’s Substance Use Services Bridge Clinic. Previously a physician and Chief of Infectious Diseases for Lemuel Shattuck Hospital, she worked as an HIV treatment provider for inmates at MCI Framingham and later expanded the role to treating addictions.

“Spectrum is truly groundbreaking and ahead of its time in addiction treatment,” Dr. Armstrong said. “Having a partner that is specialized in addictions and with a profound history of success means offenders can receive just as many options for MOUD and behavioral health services as everyone else. By addressing addiction among this population, we aim to reduce recidivism which will make a positive impact on our communities in the long run. I’m looking forward to working with Spectrum to provide evidence-based treatment methods for each patient.”

Spectrum’s leadership continues to pursue new program development opportunities across the country and welcomes inquiries from interested parties seeking effective treatment solutions. To learn more about its correctional treatment programs, visit or call 1-508-792-5400. For information about career openings, please visit our careers page.

About Spectrum Health Systems

Based in Worcester, Mass. and founded in 1969, Spectrum Health Systems, Inc. is a private, nonprofit substance use and mental health treatment provider. Spectrum offers the largest and most complete continuum of addiction treatment in New England -- including inpatient detoxification, residential rehabilitation, outpatient services, medication-assisted treatment and peer recovery support. Spectrum also offers inpatient detoxification and residential treatment for commercially insured and private pay clients through its subsidiary, The New England Recovery Center.

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