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Crittenton Services, which provides behavioral health, maternity and childcare services to families in West Virginia and the tri-state region, is expanding and making staff changes.

Many of the changes are in Crittenton's Wellspring Family Services division. Wellspring Family Services operates five offices in Northern West Virginia and provides in-home services to individuals and families in need of mental health services.

“At Crittenton, investment in our staff and support for their continuing development is a priority,” says Kathy Szafran, Crittenton president and CEO. “Because of this, we are fortunate to have qualified, dedicated employees who understand the changing needs of the organization and are excited about meeting new challenges.”

Beverly Petrelli is Crittenton's new chief operating officer. She has been with the agency for 15 years and previously worked as vice president of community services, overseeing Wellspring Family Services.

As COO, Petrelli will oversee Wellspring as well as the residential program and the newly developed transitional living program. Petrelli has more than 37 years of experience in the field of social work, primarily in the area of clinical therapy for adults and families.

Two other employees, Ken Nice and Michael Kuhn, now are Wellspring program managers, who will work with site directors to assess needs, provide supervision and offer support for clinical staff.

Nice, who holds a master's in social work, has been with the agency for nine years, serving as site director of the New Martinsville Wellspring office since 2011. In his new role, he will oversee both the New Martinsville office and the Parkersburg office.

Kuhn, who joined the Crittenton staff in 2013 as a therapist in the Wheeling Wellspring office, will supervise the Wheeling office as well as operations in Weirton.

Others are being promoted at Crittenton's residential program. Amber Bentz, former residential administrator, is now the residential program manager, overseeing day-to-day operations of the program and organizing all aspects of direct staff scheduling and training.

Tracee Chambers is Crittenton's new client care program manager. She will manage all phases of the intake and referral process and supervise residential case managers and classroom staff. Veronica Reynolds, who holds a master's in social work and had served as a therapist in the residential program, now will oversee all therapeutic services for residential clients as clinical program manager.

Established in 1895 as a home for unwed mothers, Crittenton is the only licensed residential mother/infant and maternity care center for teenagers in West Virginia but also serves teens who are neither pregnant nor parenting.

Crittenton Services is licensed by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Services and is a member of the National Crittenton Foundation and the West Virginia Child Care Association.

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