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Social worker brings behavioral health services to Valley Health

April 7, 2019

Licensed independent clinical social worker Christopher Kidd has joined Valley Health — Stepptown in Kermit, West Virginia, bringing 17 years of behavioral health experience and adding a new service to rural Wayne and Mingo counties.

In his role, he will provide comprehensive mental health and substance use assessments, treatment planning and care.

Kidd completed a Master of Science in Social Work degree in 2004 from the University of Louisville Kent School of Social Work in Louisville, Kentucky. He earned a Bachelor of Social Work in 2002 from Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Kentucky.

Kidd most recently served as director of Crisis Services at Prestera Center in Huntington, and prior to that he was the Crisis Center director with the Prestera Center location in Logan, West Virginia.

Other experience includes 10 years as a child and adult protective services social worker and supervisor with the Commonwealth of Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services. During his time with the state of Kentucky, Kidd organized, participated in and wrote grants for various community outreach activities. He also served as a liaison with county and state officials, judges, community partners, schools, health departments and statewide resources. He has experience with individual and family services for substance use disorders and dual diagnosis, case management and treatment of people with trauma and abuse, as well as teaching, training and investigation skills.

Kidd also served a six-year enlistment as a combat engineer-specialist with the Kentucky Army National Guard from 1997 through 2003.

The Valley Health — Stepptown center is located at 3 Adena Drive in Kermit and is open from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Kidd joins family medicine providers Dr. Korey Mitchell and Molly Bennett-Beckley, certified physician assistant, at the health center. Appointments for new patients are being scheduled and can be made by calling 304-393-4090.