CSI is a family-owned, community-based clinic focused exclusively on outpatient, trauma-informed psychotherapy, psychiatry, and psychological assessment
The mission of Community Services Institute is to give caregivers the tools they need to keep their families together and their children safe. CSI clinicians honor the proud legacy of the late Anna Freud’s “The Best Interest of the Child” in all clinical work using psychology to understand the complex field of child abuse and neglect.
Nearly 30 years ago CSI began offering mental health services in Massachusetts as part of the De-Institutional movement of the 1970’s when long-stay psychiatric hospitals were replaced with community mental health services. The Massachusetts Department of Social Services (now called DCF) began to use CSI as a tool in fighting victimization of vulnerable children and families receiving DSS services. CSI has been fiercely committed to keeping families living together in the community through the use of psychotherapy supported by psychiatric evaluation, medication backup, and a psychology department with extensive expert experience in psychological testing, parenting evaluations, and risk assessment.
Frank C. Sacco, Ph.D.
Founder, President from 1986-2020
Dr. Sacco pioneered the use of home-based mental health services to multi-problem families often referred by the Massachusetts Departments of Children and Families and Youth Services, courts and schools. He was an international speaker on school violence and victimization who appeared on CNN News and featured on CNN Opinion commenting on school shootings and bullying, as well as addressed audiences in Jamaica, Paraguay, Australia, and New Zealand on the topics of violence. Dr. Sacco was an adjunct Professor at Western New England College in Springfield, MA.
He was qualified as an expert in Child and Family Mental Health over 100 times in juvenile and federal courts in Massachusetts. He had been a consultant to the FBI’s Behavioral Sciences Unit on topics including US School Shooters, Threat Assessment, Domestic Violence, and Internet Sexual Exploitation of Children.
Dr. Sacco was previously licensed as a psychologist in California, before moving to Massachusetts (now lapsed). He completed training at the Menninger Clinic under Dr. Karl Menninger and studied for two and a half years with Harriet B. O’Shea, Ph.D., an elder Anna Freudian, and Professor Emeritus from Purdue University.
Dr. Sacco was a 25 year martial artist with a Black Belt in Han-Pul Karate. He had co-authored 35 papers and book chapters on school violence prevention, threat assessment, as well as several educational videos. He published a book titled “Why School Anti-Bullying Programs Don’t Work”.
Dr. Sacco co-wrote a featured article for CNN Opinion titled “Clues your child is bullied, and what to do” as part of CNN’s complete coverage on Stop Bullying, Speak Up week.