August 2, 2017 – First Children Services, provider of educational and therapeutic services for children throughout New Jersey announced that Howard Savin, PhD will be joining the First Children executive team as Chief Clinical Officer and Advisor. Dr. Savin will be providing oversight of treatment models and clinical services along with organization-wide Quality Improvement systems for First Children Services. He has a profound understanding of the complex needs of children with behavioral health challenges having worked over 40 years in the behavioral health care field. Prior to joining First Children Services, Dr. Savin served as the Senior Vice President at Beacon Health Options where he led product development and quality oversight of corporate autism services. Before its acquisition by Beacon, Dr. Savin founded Autism Services Group, LLC, a managed behavioral health care organization specializing in the management of autism insurance benefits on behalf of large health plans and served as CEO as a division of Beacon Health Strategies for four years. Prior to ASG and Beacon, Dr. Savin served as Senior Vice President, Clinical Affairs and Director of Research and Training at Devereux for nearly ten years. His duties included quality management of clinical programs and services across Devereux’s national treatment network and leadership of Devereux’s American Psychological Association approved pre-doctoral Internship Program in Professional Psychology.
Dr. Savin is a Licensed Psychologist in Pennsylvania, and he was formerly a Pennsylvania Certified School Psychologist and a Licensed Psychologist in Colorado. Dr. Savin holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in Counseling Psychology from the University of Georgia and a Master of Science in General-Theoretical Psychology from the University of Bridgeport. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Vermont. Over his career, Dr. Savin has been active in a number of provider and professional organizations, has authored a variety of professional publications, and currently serves as an editor for Autism Spectrum News. Dr. Savin has also given numerous presentations on clinical outcomes and the quality and accountability of behavioral healthcare services.
“Howard brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in the management and delivery of outcomes focused clinical services for various populations. He will be focused on driving quality assurance, new service lines and positive outcomes for our wide array of services to children throughout New Jersey”, said Matt Hess, Chief Executive Officer of First Children Services. ““We are very happy to have him join our leadership team.”