The Board of Directors of The Family Counseling Center selected Jim Gumaer as this year's recipient of the Dr. David and Ann Lee Clough Award. Nominees for the award must make significant contributions or provide exemplary service to the behavioral health of children and their families through behavioral health services, research, education, policy planning or advocacy, a news release said.
Gumaer has been the director of Community Services for Montgomery County for more than 16 years. Responsibilities include overseeing mental health, mental retardation, alcoholism and substance abuse services for the county. During that time, he was instrumental in serving children and families from Montgomery and Fulton Counties. The need for The Family Counseling Center's satellite clinic in Fort Plain was first discussed with him. He recognized that individuals in western Montgomery County with mental health needs were being underserved, the release said.
He has attended meetings, conferences, state legislative sessions and met with the governor to advocate on behalf of the individuals who receive services from local human service agencies, the release said.
He has been an active advocate and participant in both adult and children's meetings for individuals needing the highest levels of mental health services in both counties. Gumaer was one of the first members of the Fulton-Montgomery Suicide Prevention Task Force and was instrumental in securing its first grant. He has worked for New York State Rehabilitation Association, New York state Industries for the Disabled, Rehabilitation Support Services and Montgomery County Chapter, of the New York state Association for Retarded Children, Inc.
Gumaer will be presented with the award Thursday at the Hales Mills Country Club.
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