Reducing Costs and Improving Outcomes in Juvenile Justice


"The staff at EBA have been exceptional. [W]e have been able to reduce detainments and ... provide much needed intensive services to families in crisis. EBA has been a great partner."
Honorable John Sumner, 2015-2016 President Georgia Council of Juvenile Court Judges, Cherokee County, Canton GA

"From the outset, I witnessed firsthand the expertise, knowledge and commitment of EBA personnel. They provided guidance in working with my staff and me in selecting the most appropriate evidence-based intervention. They kept open clear lines of communication with us throughout the entire process, from assisting in the proposal development, vetting and selecting the most qualified provider, handling all training and technical assistance requirements of the selected program, establishing clearly defined referral criteria, and handling all of the client and fiscal reporting requirements. Remarkably, all of this was accomplished within a truncated period of time, allowing us to meet the goal of beginning services to youth and their families by October 1, 2013."
Honorable Joseph Wyant, Coweta County GA Juvenile Court, Newnan, GA

"We've found evidence-based programs that work with this juvenile population... the medium and high-risk kids. These are the Gold Standard of programs that have been shown to be effective at reducing recidivism. Instead of a 15% reduction in the first 9 months of the programming, we had a 62% reduction... in youth that did not go to secure confinement. That cost avoidance is something we can redirect to our communities for family-based services that are proven to reduce recidivism." (From the Georgia Council on Criminal Justice Reform meeting in 2014 referencing work being conducted with EBA)
Joe Vignati, Assistant Deputy Commissioner, Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice

"EBA combines two kinds of valuable expertise. The first is an understanding of evidence-based programs. The other key attribute is good business sense."
Michael Little, PhD, Co-Director of The Social Research Unit, Dartington, UK

"EBA helps agencies navigate the pitfalls of evidence-based care and outcome measuring. EBA helps agencies and models to interact and get both their needs met, and helps the model and agencies to work together to understand and meet specific outcome measurements. Since EBA has helped many agencies to provide evidence-based care, they are able to share that experience and help prevent agencies from making early mistakes."
Stephen Denny, Crosswinds Youth Services, Florida

"With the help and oversight of EBA, our families now have choices that produce positive results."
Marie Morilus-Black, Director of Children and Youth Services, Department of Mental Health, Washington, DC

"The EBA operational team has revised agency procedures, policies and systems that have helped us monitor our staff and hold our teams accountable for fidelity and outcomes." (read more)
Billy Davis, Executive Director, A Positive Step of Monroe County

"Prior to this program our home was a battle zone, there was no discussion about anything, yelling and screaming were our mode of operation. We still have a lot of work to do but as the title would suggest, we have been 'redirected.'" (read more)
Parent whose family who went through a Redirection Project treatment program

"Because of our affiliation with the Redirection program, by working with the youth and their families, the BFST Institute has been able to increase our reach to a larger group of troubled youth, reduce their drug use and serious behavior problems, strengthen parenting skills, improve family communication, and create long lasting change. The result has been a decrease in the number of youth in juvenile detention or residential placement, increase in public safety and improvement in the quality of life for some of our state's most vulnerable communities." (read more)
Jose Szapocznik, PhD, Chair, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University of Miami

"In 2004, the Redirection project was started as a pilot project and has grown to statewide capacity with over 1,200 youth receiving treatment annually via top-tier, evidence-based programming. The results reporting in the annual OPPAGA reports and cited widely demonstrate proof of the positive impact of the project both on youth outcomes but also on cost-effectiveness (cost savings) for the state of Florida. We are proud to be a part of this exciting and innovative program." (read more)
Michael DiBrizzi, President/CEO, Camelot Community Care

"On behalf of CSI's Youth Division leadership team, I would strongly support the state of Florida continuing the current structure of the Redirection project."(read more)
Richard M. Lutz, MSW, ACSW, Vice President, Community Solutions Youth Services

"Under EBA's guidance and leadership, we have been able to better support our front-line staff to ensure they are effective in serving Florida's at-risk youth." (read more)
Jan Lokay, President/CEO, Crosswinds Youth Services

"Our experience working with EBA has also been very positive. EBA is extremely responsive to the needs of our Redirection initiative, and our collaborative relationship and partnership with EBA. In my experience, the Redirection program is one of the most successful science based initiatives adopted by DJJ to help improve the outcomes for delinquent youth." (read more)
Juan C. Gonzalez, PhD, Director of Programs and Services, Institute for Child & Family Health

"I credit our progress directly to Evidence-Based Associates' (EBA's) key role as project manager for Redirection. The EBA team has established procedures, policies and systems that have helped us hold our teams accountable. With their guidance and leadership, we have been able to better support our team to ensure they are effective in serving Florida's at-risk youth."(read more)
Keller Strother, MS, MBA, President, MST Services

"Prior to the initiation of the Redirection project and EBA's involvement, it was not uncommon for significant administrative and operational barriers to prevent or preclude effective implementation of evidence-based programs in our region." (read more)
Joel Kaufman, PhD, CEO, The Starting Place

"As a result of this RFI process, if EBA continues to manage the Redirection contract, VisionQuest is fully committed to continue providing high quality Functional Family Therapy services in the current circuits." (read more)
Beth Ann Rosica, PhD, Vice President of Business Development, VisionQuest National Ltd.