Mr. DeCerchio currently serves as the project co-director of the Regional Partnership Grant support program. In this role, he is responsible for overall management of the RPG support program, facilitates communication with the Federal Project Officers, and collaborates with the National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare on implementation of the technical assistance program, including management of the subcontractors.
Mr. DeCerchio joined the staff of Children and Family Futures in July 2007 after 27 years of experience in the management of community-based substance abuse and mental health services. Mr. DeCerchio served as the Assistant Secretary for Substance Abuse and Mental Health in Florida from 2005 to 2007. Prior to this appointment, he served as the State Substance Abuse Director with the Department of Children and Families Services for ten years. He also served on Florida´s Supreme Court Task Force on Treatment-Based Drug Courts. In November 2001, Governor Bush appointed Mr. DeCerchio as Deputy Director for Treatment to the Florida Office of Drug Control. He was appointed to the Governor´s Drug Policy Advisory Council in 1999, and in 2004 he was appointed by Secretary Tommy Thompson to serve on CSAT´s National Advisory Council.
In June 2005, Mr. DeCerchio received NASADAD´s Service Award for his leadership and support in the substance abuse prevention and treatment field. In August, 2007, Mr. DeCerchio received the Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association´s Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to prevention and treatment services in Florida. He received his Master´s degree in Social Work from Florida State University. Mr. DeCerchio is a Certified Addictions Professional.