620 Dakota St. Crystal Lake, IL 60012 | Phone: 815-455-2828
Fax: 815-455-2925 | Email: informationrequest@mc708.org
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.


McHenry County Mental Health Board Town Hall Meeting Scheduled for Thursday, May 18, 2017
Come share your thoughts on issues that matter to you and the community. It's all about working together to provide quality services for all citizens of McHenry County. Breakout session topics will include: Mental Illness, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse. For more information click here, or contact the Mental Health Board at informationrequest@mc708.org or 815-455-2828. 


 Featured Funded Agencies

For County Fiscal Year 2017, $9,376,786.00 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.

Community Health Partnership of Illinois
Community Health Partnership of ILCommunity Health Partnership of Illinois, Harvard Area Community Health Center provides comprehensive, integrated primary health care services targeting underserved, predominantly Latino rural populations, including migrant and seasonal farmworkers and families throughout northern and central Illinois.  MHB funding supports:

Breaking the Stigma: Mental Health for Our Community is an integrated, prevention-oriented behavioral health program targeting the Latino population in the Harvard Area Community Health Center service area. It will provide Spanish outreach therapy, community mental health outreach and education as well as care coordination and referrals for clients in need of medical, substance abuse and psychiatric services.

For additional information or assistance contact Community Health Partnership Illinois, Harvard Area Community Health Center at (815) 943-4339 or visit their website at www.chpofil.org

Consumer Credit Counseling Services of Northern Illinois
CCCCS logoonsumer Credit Counseling serves anyone in need of financial, credit or housing assistance.  Services include: credit & debt counseling and education; debt management programs which pay off unsecured debt at reduced interest and fees; credit report analysis; bankruptcy counseling and education; and housing counseling services.  MHB funding supports:

Financial Screening, Information & Referral services are provided with basic budget counseling, debt management programs to expunge unsecured debt, such as credit card and loan debt, bankruptcy counseling and education, mortgage default and foreclosure prevention counseling and education and down payment assistance.

Financial Counseling & Debt Management provides financial education and information onsite at mental health agencies.

For more information or assistance contact Consumer Credit Counseling Services of Northern Illinois at (815) 338-5757 or visit their website at www.illinoiscccs.org  


Epilepsy Foundation
Epilepsy Foundation logoThe Epilepsy Foundation is a voluntary health agency dedicated to the welfare of people with epilepsy and their families. The organization works to ensure that people with seizures are able to participate in all life experiences; to improve how people with epilepsy are perceived, accepted and valued in society; and to promote research for a cure.  MHB funding supports:

Epilepsy Services provide a unique care delivery model which uses intensive case management, mobile health (telemedicine) as well as direct epileptologist visits to improve access to sub-specialty care for patients living in McHenry County with epilepsy and/or brain injury.

Brain Injury Health Management services provide case management, employment services, educational supports, peer and family support groups, skills groups, psychiatric support services, brain injury clinic and Telemedicine services to children and adults who sustain an acquired brain injury.

Telepsychiatry Program includes community-based family-centered population health management using local case managers, an on-site nurse and telemedicine by an epilepsy sub-specialist. Mental health services include therapeutic treatment of children and adults with chronic uncontrolled epilepsy, brain injury and associated mental health co-morbidities. Services are available at the patient’s home, school, emergency department, rehab facility or the Crystal Lake office.

For additional information or assistance contact the Epilepsy Foundation at (815) 893-0709 or visit their website at http://www.epilepsyheartland.org/McHenry  

Articles of Interest

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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... 

Heroin Is Being Laced With a Terrifying New Substance: What to Know About Carfentanil Times.com September 12, 2016 - A drug so powerful that it’s used to sedate elephants is finding a new, illicit use laced into heroin, potentially contributing to hundreds of overdoses in the last several weeks.
The drug, called Carfentanil, is a synthetic opioid so strong that just a few granules the size of grains of table salt can be lethal. Since mid-August, roughly 300 people in at least four states have overdosed on heroin linked to Carfentanil and the less powerful compound fentanyl.
One of the hardest-hit spots was Hamilton County, home to Cincinnati, where on a single day...

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