EBA is a top notch professional organization. Staff are exceptional; knowledgeable, professional, responsive to state and local needs, honest and they deliver what they promise.
With the help and oversight of EBA, our families now have choices that produce positive results.
EBA combines two kinds of valuable expertise. The first is an understanding of evidence-based programs. The other key attribute is good business sense.
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)
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.
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.