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.

Aunt Martha's 
Aunt MarthasAunt Martha's is one of the state’s largest Federally Qualified Health Centers. Behavioral health services include adult, child, and adolescent psychiatry and therapy, individual counseling, and comprehensive diagnostic evaluation and treatment.  MHB funding supports:

Psychiatric Services in partnership with Centegra Hospital – Woodstock to ensure that McHenry County’s uninsured and underserved populations have access to appropriate primary care and mental health services.

For additional information or assistance contact Aunt Martha’s at (877) 692-8686 or visit their website at https://www.auntmarthas.org


Centegra Hospital - Woodstock 
Centegra logoCentegra Hospital – Woodstock is the primary service location for Behavioral Health Services for Centegra Health System. The Behavioral Health Service line provides acute care for adults (18 and older) with Mental Health and or Substance dependence problems.  MHB funding supports:

Crisis Services Onsite provides Crisis Intervention and Assessment Services to McHenry County residents experiencing a mental health and/or co-occurring substance abuse crisis in order to determine the appropriate level of care and disposition to maintain safety.

Psychiatric Emergency Services provides Crisis Stabilization, a predictable, stable and supportive therapeutic environment where individuals experiencing a mental health and/or co-occurring substance abuse crisis can stay and receive services for up to 24 hours in order to prevent psychiatric hospitalization.

Behavioral Health community navigators maintain a monthly caseload of patients, providing assistance for up to 60 days post hospitalization/crisis discharge. Navigators will assist in decreasing barriers to treatment and increasing patient recovery.

Thinking for a Change is an evidence based Cognitive behavioral health curriculum which “uses a combination of approaches to increase offenders’ awareness of themselves and others. It integrates cognitive restructuring, social skills and problem solving”.

Substance Abuse educator and RN will work with community members and the medical team to enhance prevention and treatment practices related to substance use disorders, with a focus on alcohol detoxification and opioid dependence.

For additional information or assistance contact Centegra at (815) 338-2500 or visit their website at www.centegra.org


Clearbrook LogoClearbrook provides services, programs and support for children and adults with autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy and other intellectual/developmental disabilities as well as their families. MHB funding supports:

CHOICE Program participants are young adults who have aged out of the school system and adults seeking an alternative to traditional developmental training and workshop services. The program responds to consumer-driven efforts to expand opportunities for employment through placement and support.

For additional information or assistance contact Clearbrook at (815) 893-6509 or visit their website at www.clearbrook.org  

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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