County Behavioral Health names manager

Cindy Guz has been named senior manager for the Youth and Young Adults Services Division of the Imperial County Department of Behavioral Health, agency director Michael W. Horn has announced.

Guz previously was a manager in the agency’s Adult Services Division. She joined Behavioral Health in 1997 as a case manager.

As head of Youth and Young Adults Services, Guz will oversee several programs, including substance-abuse prevention and mental health services at agency clinics and community-based services in schools. She also will coordinate services with related agencies, including the county Health Department, school districts and law enforcement agencies.

“Cindy’s expertise and dedication are strong assets to the community we serve,” Horn stated. “We have many team members who share those qualities and it’s a real advantage because it allows us to promote from within and have leaders who truly understand the needs of our clients.”

A Brawley native, Guz earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Drury College in Springfield, Mo., and a master’s degree in marriage and family counseling from the University of Phoenix.

Of her career focus she notes, “It is gratifying helping individuals learn specific causes of their emotional distress, assessing their needs and ultimately instilling hope and helping them live a meaningful and balanced life.”

Guz is married and has two sons.