Second in command named at County Behavioral Health

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IMPERIAL COUNTY — Cindy Guz has been named assistant director of the Imperial County Department of Behavioral Health Services, the agency’s second-in-command position, agency Director Andrea Kuhlen has announced.

Guz has oversight over all Behavioral Health clinical divisions and reports directly to Kuhlen. She previously was deputy director in charge of the Youth and Adult Services Division, a position she had held since 2013.

“Ms. Guz’s broad experience through all aspects of Behavioral Health ideally suit her for the assistant director’s position. As we continue expanding efforts to be a more proactive resource for the community, her knowledge, creativity and caring approach will be invaluable,” Kuhlen said.

Guz joined Behavioral Health in 1997 as a case manager. She was named head

of Youth and Young Adults Services in 2012 and retained those responsibilities upon becoming a deputy director the following year.

In the assistant director’s position she succeeds Kuhlen who was named director in October following the retirement of the previous director, Michael W. Horn.

“I have been in most of the clinical divisions, so I am excited about what I can do to help community members heal from mental illness,” Guz said.

“My biggest goal is to help the community know the signs of mental illness, that there are solutions and that we are here to help. I am looking forward to further working with other community partners to expand our service to the community through collaboration,” she added.

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. She is also a state-licensed marriage and family therapist.