Spectrum History

Spectrum Human Services, is a private, non-profit community mental health organization, recognized as one of the most effective behavioral healthcare providers in Western New York. As an agency, Spectrum has helped thousands of people in their recovery process from mental illness and/or substance abuse for 38 years.

Spectrum provides a wide range of services including treatment and rehabilitation of psychiatric disabilities, psychological problems, and substance-related disorders. Mental-health programs for adults, adolescents, children and families who are experiencing a significant disturbance in functioning, emotional state, or pattern of behavior are readily available in many different communities. In addition, chemical dependency programs for adults and adolescents whose chemical use is having a negative impact upon their health, relationships, or functioning and for individuals who are concerned about a family member or friend's use of alcohol or drugs are also available.

Confidentiality is very important to Spectrum. Spectrum values the trust and confidence the community has placed in it. Information regarding a client's treatment is kept confidential in accordance with prevailing law and policy and the company's own Code of Ethics.

Last year alone, over 6,700 people in Western New York turned to Spectrum for services, which enabled them to build resiliency skills and increase their ability to successfully cope with life's challenges. As these children and adults courageously develop strategies for recovery, their need for public support, medical care, special education and legal aid is decreased, resulting in personal satisfaction, stronger families, and a more hopeful, empowered community.

Spectrum is funded by the Erie County Department of Mental Health (ECDMH), Wyoming County Mental Health Department, New York State Office of Mental Health (NYSOMH), and the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (NYSOASAS), and is recognized by all as one of the outstanding Human Service agencies in Western New York. Spectrum provides the highest quality services possible to a diversified clientele. Each year, clients express their satisfaction and gratitude for the new skills, understanding and sense of empowerment they have gained, enabling them to manage their lives more effectively.