By 1984, EHCA developed a cost effective residential treatment program for inmates that would be large enough to have an impact on the growing prison population, reducing the cost of housing prisoners, and would provide effective treatment services to ultimately reduce recidivism rates.
In 1994, after many years of attempting to locate a suitable site, the Board of Trustees of EHCA turned their focus to assisting the addicted inmate population. They signed a contract with the New Jersey Department of Corrections, closed The Harbor to the general public and began providing services to 100 minimum-security inmates that fall. Many original clinical staff members remained, and additional retired Department of Corrections’ staff was hired to supervise operations.
Since 1994, EHCA has opened six facilities with a combined capacity of more than 3,800 treatment beds under contract with the NJDOC, the New Jersey State Parole Board, and New Jersey county governments. These facilities include The Harbor which relocated to Newark in 2010, Tully House in Newark, Bo Robinson Assessment and Treatment Center in Trenton, Talbot Hall in Kearny, Logan Hall in Newark, and Delaney Hall in Newark. Services at these facilities include assessment and treatment for alcohol and drug abuse, criminogenic risk assessment, job-readiness training and life-skills preparation, a family services program, and a strong Alumni Association. Three of the facilities also provide substance use disorder/work release programs and aftercare. EHCA provides bi-lingual staff for Spanish speaking residents.
Education & Health Centers of America, Inc. was founded in 1978 with the purpose of treating addicted individuals and their affected families. The EHCA management team has been operating treatment and reentry programs for difficult populations since the late 1960s, and has been working with correctional criminal justice populations since 1994.
John Clancy, Arthur Lobbe, Bob Sullivan and other concerned citizens founded EHCA in the late 1970’s as a non-profit, 501(c)3 corporation with the sole purpose of helping addicted individuals and their affected families. EHCA’s first substance abuse rehabilitation center was The Harbor in Hoboken, New Jersey, which opened in 1983.
For the next decade, The Harbor’s inpatient, outpatient, and aftercare services increased to include family services and bi-lingual/bi-cultural programs for Spanish speaking clients. EHCA opened outpatient substance abuse treatment sites throughout New Jersey, which provided diagnoses, assessments, referrals, individual and group counseling, with a focus on family therapy.
EHCA delivers its services in conjunction with its support services agreement with Community Education Centers, Inc. CEC is one of the largest provider of reentry and in-prison treatment services in the United States, and has considerable expertise and experience in operating residential and non-‐residential corrections facilities throughout the country. It currently operates in 18 states as well as the Commonwealth of Bermuda. Since its founding in 1996, CEC has worked closely with EHCA to meet the rehabilitative needs of drug-involved inmates and parolees in the State of New Jersey.
EHCA’s Assessment Centers and Treatment/Work Release Programs have been at the forefront of the dramatic decline in New Jersey’s prison population. Independent studies have confirmed the success of New Jersey’s community corrections system since the establishment of Assessment and Treatment Centers. The Pew Center on the States has cited New Jersey’s 11.4% reduction in recidivism as the best in the Northeast. This progress in reducing recidivism, together with an overall 24% reduction in prison population since 1999, is evidence of the effectiveness of EHCA’s ongoing partnership with New Jersey government agencies in their outstanding community corrections system.
Education & Health Centers of America, which has held contracts in states other than New Jersey in the past, continues to grow and seek new opportunities. EHCA is registered to do business in a number of states. EHCA continues to seek to expand its footprint by maintaining its staff of highly qualified professionals in the correctional treatment industry.
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