We founded EBCRP in 1989 in a desperate response to the cocaine epidemic devastating Oakland at that time, and have been able to expand our services and networks to provide the best possible treatment resources in our community. We believe in providing high quality, comprehensive services based on the best research evidence about what is effective, as well as implementing feedback from leading practitioners in the field.
We have always been committed to serving populations in need by providing a treatment for those with co-occurring psychiatric, substance abuse and medical problems from the outset. In recent years, we have been able to strengthen our services by offering supportive housing and assistance with employment preparation and training. We make every effort to integrate research into our services and to use evaluation to improve our services. We have a vigorous staff development program intended to provide broad base of culturally competent training about mental health and substance use disorders.
Culturally competent counselors are aware of their own culture and values, and they acknowledge their own assumptions and biases about other cultures. Moreover, culturally competent counselors strive to understand how these assumptions affect their ability to provide culturally responsive services to clients from similar or diverse cultures.
We also work to help our staff effectively address and reduce stigma in all ways possible. Treatment really works. By providing or arranging to meet the comprehensive needs of each person and family, we enhance their potential to live satisfying and productive lives. We have been privileged to accompany many hundreds of people on their journey toward better health. We hope our website will assist you in understanding our services.