Social Worker Joins CHP Behavioral Health Team

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GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Licensed social worker Linda Moro has joined the Community Health Programs behavioral health team. 

Moro is now seeing clients at CHP’s Great Barrington Health Center and Barrington OB/GYN.

Moro earned her master's degree from Fordham University School of Social Work in New York and received her bachelor’s degree in social work from Herbert Lehman College. She worked recently in correctional health services at Rikers Island in New York City and she previously at The Children's Village in New York City, as well as at Catholic Charities in Bedford, N.Y.

She brings experience in individual and group therapy, treatment plan development, trauma treatment and family support services. She has also worked as a hospice social worker.

Community Health Programs Inc. is a healthcare network based in Great Barrington, Mass., serving more than 30,000 Berkshire region residents with whole-person, comprehensive medical and dental services at multiple practice locations.


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