Programs & Services
Education & Health Centers of America’s current programs and services were established with the goal of making treatment programs accessible to criminal justice populations. The mission of EHCA programs is to provide high quality, treatment-based services, while at the same time providing optimum protection to society. Our objective is to prepare each program participant for an orderly, successful transition into the community. In short, EHCA expects that participants who progress through each of its residential reentry centers will re-enter society as productive law-abiding citizens.
EHCA’s programs reduce recidivism through life-skills training, substance abuse treatment, and education and vocational training that is suited to the specific needs of program participants. All employees delivering the programming on a day-to-day basis are committed to common goals: maintaining a positive environment, modeling positive behaviors of program participants, and effectively using cognitive behavioral management techniques. All of EHCA’s facilities provide transition along a continuum of care—from prison to community.
Each program is designed to meet the needs of the referring agency, as well as the needs of the individuals referred. Programs are designed consistent with evidenced-based cognitive-behavioral curricula and a myriad of support services that will sustain the “treatment effect” following discharge. Structure and accountability are central to program operations with expectations that residents will earn progression through a clearly articulated Continuum of Care Plan. Treatment services are driven by an assessment process, which is ongoing and emanating from multiple data sources including formal psychometrics as well as Behavioral Reports from Unit and Operations staff.
EHCA contracts with state and county government agencies to provide these services to populations in facilities as large as 1196 beds. 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.
Education & Health Centers of America, Inc. in conjunction with its subcontractor, Community Education Centers, Inc. provides therapeutic correctional services with an empirically documented record of reducing recidivism at the programs it operates. The recent reports by the Pew Foundation and the Sentencing Project point to New Jersey as a national leader in reducing its prison population. Recent figures from the Department of Corrections indicate a further decline in the prison population. At the same time, New Jersey has not seen a rise in crime since the decline of the prison population.
Our collective experience with residents of our programs has given us a unique perspective as to what is required to reintegrate them into the community and has allowed us to provide the structure and programming necessary in our residential re-entry centers to ensure a successful transition into the community, and ultimately to reduce recidivism.
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