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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 Adolescent Psychiatric Service Report,  June 30, 2017 - The purpose of this McHenry County Adolescent Psychiatric Services Report Cover Picassessment is to evaluate the current environment of child and adolescent psychiatric services in McHenry County to help answer whether more inpatient services are needed, or whether alternate opportunities can meet the community’s needs. This report will provide an analysis of the need, the challenges present in supporting development of services, and methods in which the County could address the concerns raised by the community. McHenry County Adolescent Psychiatric Services Report


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]


 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.


SEDOM logo2The Special Education District of McHenry County (SEDOM) is a special education cooperative serving 18 member school districts in McHenry County. The purpose of the cooperative is to support member districts in the provision of special education programs, supports and services for students whose unique educational needs cannot be met within local programming.
Transitional Youth Program (TAP) prepares youth and young adults with emotional and mental health issues to move into adult roles through an individualized process, engaging them in their own futures planning process as well as providing developmentally appropriate services and supports. 
For additional information or assistance contact SEDOM at (815) 338-3622 or visit their website at www.sedom.org   

Senior Services Associates

Senior Services logoSenior Services Associates, Inc. is a non-profit agency dedicated to sustaining and improving the quality of life for mature adults, persons with disabilities and their caregivers by providing access to the social services they need, while working to preserve clients’ independence, promote mental and physical well-being, and protect rights and dignity.
Senior Companion Program
matches carefully screened volunteers with local seniors who are socially isolated, lonely or homebound. The program provides a mental health service to both the senior/disabled in need as well as the senior volunteers that become a companion.
Hoarding/Self-Neglect Training will assist providers or anyone dealing with seniors and/or individuals with disabilities who have a mental health illness directly related to hoarding/self-neglect issues, by providing critical information about the needs and how best to serve this population.
For additional information or assistance contact Senior Services Associates at (815)-344-3555 or visit their website at http://seniorservicesassoc.org/   


Thresholds logoThresholds serves McHenry County adults age 18 and over who have a DSM-V-TR or ICD-10 diagnosis of a severe mental illness and require psychiatric, community support (Individual, Team and/or Group), and/or supervised housing services.
Non-Medicaid Community Support Services offer community support services, case management, care coordination, group therapy, wellness management and recovery, and supported employment services.
Non-Rule 132 Representative Payee Services assists members in sustaining their independent functioning in the community. This fiduciary responsibility assures that each member’s basic needs, including housing, food, mediation, transportation and phone service, are met using their SSI or SSDI benefits.
Housing Specialist works with other providers to identify homeless individuals with mental illness and facilitates their transition in one of three Permanent Supportive Housing programs.  Relationships are also developed with the McHenry Housing Authority, landlords and property managers to expand the inventory of available affordable housing for County residents with mental illness who would otherwise have difficulty finding and maintaining stable housing.
Homeless Outreach Support provides basic needs and engages the homeless in services.
Nursing Administration assures that the psychiatric needs of members are adequately addressed, through advocating with Medicaid and/or the member’s MCO to obtain prior authorization of medications,  receive approval for medications, track all prescriptions and assure that staff comply with policies and procedures related to handling medication.
Housing First Demonstration Program addresses homeless individuals' needs from a consumer perspective, encouraging them to define their own needs and goals, and provides immediate housing (in the form of apartments located in scattered sites) without any prerequisites for psychiatric treatment or sobriety.
For additional information or assistance contact Thresholds at (815) 338-8324 or visit their website at www.thresholds.org    

Articles of Interest

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In partnership with McHenry County Mental Health Board, Metra to install suicide prevention signs Northwest Herald, July 21, 2017 Metra is partnering with several mental health organizations to install suicide prevention signs on station platforms along each of its 11 lines.There have been 16 apparent suicides on Metra lines this year, said Michael Gillis, Metra’s director of media relations. Last year, there were 20 apparent suicides, and in 2015, there were 19, he said. “When someone dies on our tracks, it affects so many people – from the victim and their family to our engineers, conductors and first responders, to the customers who can be delayed on the train for up to three hours,” Metra board Chairman Norman Carlson said in a statement. “This is a crisis in need of a long-term solution.” ...

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...

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