Gino DeSalvatore – Director of Therapeutic Foster Care, Early Intervention Services and Prevention Services

Expertise in:
  • Children’s Mental and Behavioral Health
  • Foster Care Services
  • Behavioral and Mental Health Delivery Systems


Gino DeSalvatore has nearly 40 years of experience working with children, adolescents and their families, both in psychiatric hospitals, residential treatment and foster care. He is currently the Director of Residential and Academy Services. After completing his MA at Indiana University, he did post-graduate work at Harvard University, working with Eric Erickson as a research associate at the Eric Erikson Institute for Psychotherapy.

DeSalvatore has authored/published a number of articles in his work in children’s mental and behavioral health including articles on working with families in residential care, juvenile fire setting, residential treatment programming and behavior management in residential care. He has also written chapters in two books, one on juvenile fire setting as well as a chapter in the newest book on Re-Education.

He has served on a number of committees for the Department of Children’s Services to improve the behavioral and mental health delivery system to Tennessee’s Children and Youth. His operation was one of the first providers to help DCS implement performance based contracting in Tennessee and in the first three years of this model has not only achieved but exceeded the expectations set forth by DCS.