Catholic Family Service has acted as the Bay County Public Guardian since 1997. The program serves approximately two hundred individuals with a diverse population that include the developmentally disabled, persons with severe persistent mental illness, physical impairments (dementia or traumatic brain injuries) and minors. Most of these individuals reside throughout Bay County, but numerous clients reside out of county due to Bay Arenac placement or housing availability.
The staff consists of social workers and financial support persons with a total of over sixty plus years of combined experience. The Program Manager is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) with extensive knowledge in treating severe persistent mental illness and developmental disabilities, and an individual who holds a Licensed Bachelor of Social Work (LBSW) and has experience working with individuals diagnosed with developmental disabilities and mental illness. The financial support personnel have many years of experience in financial management and financial administration.