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McHenry County Crisis Line 1-800-892-8900

The Mental Health Board (MHB) is a special purpose unit of the county government that's regulated through Illinois House Bill 708, also known as the Community Mental Health Act. The Act mandates that the Mental Health Board administer mental health funds, collected through an annual tax levy, through the direction of a nine-member board of community representatives. These representatives are appointed by the County Board. The MHB is responsible for making sure that the duties and responsibilities of the Community Mental Health Act are fulfilled.




3rd Annual Behavioral Health Resource Fair - Save the Date - August 8, 2017 at the Mental Health Board.  An opportunity for school professionals to meet with local behavioral  heath providers to learn about the array of services available in the community, find out how best to access services and to develop or enhance working relationships with behavioral health providers to service children and families. 


On May 1, 2017, the McHenry County Substance Abuse Coalition (www.McDrugFree.com) in cooperation with the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department and local police departments, Centegra Hospital System, McHenry County Mental Health Board, McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office, Rosecrance McHenry County, Gateway, and Not One More – McHenry County, began accepting participants into the A Way Out Program - McHenry County. This program was developed in an effort to increase the number of people receiving treatment for a growing concern in every part of the nation: drug addiction. Drug overdose is America’s leading cause of accidental death with over 52,000 deaths in 2015 and over 59,000 in 2016. In McHenry County we had 56 individuals die in 2016. It is estimated that for every one death there are an additional 130 people struggling with drug abuse which represents over 7,200 in our own community. [Read more]


Uniting Our Voices LOGO 6-17
for the 2017 McHenry County Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Wellness & Recovery Conference.  This year's conference, Uniting Our Voices, Strength and Recovery will be held on September 15, 2017 from 9:00 - 3:30.  More information to follow. 


 Featured Funded Agencies

For County Fiscal Year 2017, $9,750,942.00 in local community mental health funds are allocated directly to 30 agencies in order to provide prevention, treatment, and recovery support services for McHenry County residents living with mental health, substance use, and intellectual and developmental disability related needs.
For more information about the programs funded by the McHenry County Mental Health Board in CFY17 click here and come back monthly to view the Featured Funded Agencies.

New Directions Addiction Recovery Services

New Directions Addiction Recovery Services is focused on providing a network of service that address substance abuse in the community. The organization’s focus is on three areas: advocacy, treatment, and continued support.  Mental Health Board funding supports:
Sober Living offers individuals a safe, structured environment to attain the necessary “life skills” to remain drug and alcohol free.

For additional information or assistance contact the New Directions Addiction Recovery Services at (779) 220-0336 or visit their website at https://www.ndars.org/  


Northern Illinois Special Recreation Association  

NISRA logoThe purpose of Northern Illinois Special Recreation Association is to provide year round special recreation programs that meet the social, cognitive, physical and emotional needs of people with disabilities so that they may participate actively in their community in the least restrictive setting. Mental Health Board funding supports: 
SASS Therapeutic Intervention includes individual and family assessment, leisure education, and a wide array of community based group activities and interventions.
McHenry County Adult Program (McCAP) includes leisure education and a wide array of normalizing community based group activities and interventions.
Day Treatment includes individual and family assessment of cognitive, social and motor skill abilities, leisure education, and a wide array of normalizing community based group activities and interventions.

For additional information or assistance contact NISRA at (815) 45-0737 or visit their website at www.nisra.org


 Northwest Center Against Sexual Assault (Northwest CASA) – CARE Center


Northwest Center Against Sexual Assault (Northwest CASA) – CARE Center is a full service agency that provides free services to sexual assault survivors and their loved ones within McHenry County. The agency has been responding to the needs of survivors of sexual violence and significant others for more than 30 years.  Mental Health Board funding supports: 
Sexual Assault Intervention Program consists of medical advocacy for a sexual assault victim who seeks emergency room medical care in a McHenry County hospital, criminal justice advocacy, court accompaniment of victims to any criminal justice proceeding in McHenry County, telephone crisis intervention if called upon by the McHenry County Crisis Line, individual family and couple counseling for victims of any age and their significant others.

For additional information or assistance contact Northwest CASA at (815) 671-4004 or visit their website at www.nwcasa.org   

Articles of Interest

This section is provided to promote awareness of current issues and does not constitute support or endorsement of any idea, author, article, website or organization.

Drug Deaths in America Are Rising Faster Than Ever New York Times, June 5, 2017 - AKRON, Ohio — Drug overdose deaths in 2016 most likely exceeded 59,000, the largest annual jump ever recorded in the United States, according to preliminary data compiled by The New York Times.
The death count is the latest consequence of an escalating public health crisis: opioid addiction, now made more deadly by an influx of illicitly manufactured fentanyl and similar drugs. Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death among Americans under 50.
Although the data is preliminary, the Times’s best estimate is that deaths rose...

McHenry County State's Attorney's Office launches program to fast-track addicts to treatment Northwest Herald, May 1, 2017 - The McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office and other McHenry County agencies are launching a program to fast-track heroin and other drug addicts to treatment.
“A Way Out – McHenry County” is set to launch Monday. The program will provide easier access to treatment as well as a certain amount of amnesty to drug and alcohol addicts who want help.
The program is modeled after Lake County’s “A Way Out.”
The McHenry County Mental Health Board provided $75,000 to go toward treatment costs for those who are underinsured or uninsured.
Through “A Way Out,” someone can walk into most police departments in McHenry County...

McHenry County suicides now trending down; mental health board says prevention efforts paying off Northwest Herald, February 22, 2017 - Suicides are at a seven-year low in McHenry County.
“We’re working hard to address the issue of suicides and even lower that number,” said Scott Block, McHenry County Mental Health Board executive director.
Block said the number of suicide deaths in McHenry County dropped from 35 in 2015 to 21 in 2016. As a result, Block said he’s hopeful that the downward trend will continue with the suicide prevention resources the county has to offer.
The Mental Health Board partnered with the local suicide prevention task force a couple of years ago in response to an increase in the number of suicides in the county.
“We think there’s a correlation between the recent collective efforts throughout the community and our reduction in numbers,”...

McHelp Logo 2016New mobile app gives McHenry County teens access to mental health services Northwest Herald, October 24, 2016 - McHenry County teens now have access to mental health resources at their fingertips.
The mobile app, “MCHELP,” originally was launched as “Text a Tip” – an anonymous texting service that provides McHenry County youth 24-7 confidential access to trained, licensed mental health counselors. Crystal Lake Elementary School District 47 and the McHenry County Community Foundation partnered in fall 2015 to launch the service and fund it for three years.
The app was rebranded after a focus group last spring. The service still will be available... 

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