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.


The McHenry County Mental Health Board, 620 Dakota Street, Crystal Lake, Illinois is pleased to announce the publication of its 2016 Annual Report. To view the Annual Report click here. If you would like a hard copy of the Annual Report, have questions or need information regarding the McHenry County Mental Health Board, please call us at 815-455-2828. 


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, $9,750,942.00 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.

Family Alliance, Inc.

Family Alliance logoFor over 30 years, Family Alliance, Inc. has been at the forefront of senior care in McHenry County. Its professional staff and Board of Directors remain focused on the agency’s mission to provide adults, caregivers and families with programs and services promoting an enhanced quality of life.  MHB funding supports:

Caregiver Counseling and Life Transition Services focuses on adult functioning and well-being on multiple dimensions and assessing individuals seeking support due to a life transition.

Psychiatric & Recovery Services accommodate behavioral health disorder needs that are not part of the normal aging process of older adults and to provide accurate diagnosis that will lead to appropriate interventions and successful outcomes.

For additional information or assistance contact Family Alliance at (815) 338-3590 or visit their website at www.familyallianceinc.org


Family Health Partnership Clinic

The Family Health Partnership Clinic provides health care to those in our community who do not have health insurance of any kind. The Clinic has an integrated mental health component and provides brief therapy for patients who are facing mental health issues as well as physical health problems. MHB funding supports:

Latino Mental Health Therapy is conducted by a Spanish bilingual therapist who works closely with the physical health providers and nurses to help identify patients in need of behavioral health services.

Patient Navigator Program links individuals in need of behavioral health and other critically needed services with the provider organization that can provide appropriate assessment and service delivery as indicated.

Diagnostic Evaluation of Autism & Resource Referral Clinic (DEAR Clinic) provides a comprehensive evaluation and diagnostic exam for children who have behaviors that could be on the autism spectrum.

For additional information or assistance contact Family Health Partnership Clinic at (779) 220-9300 or visit their website at www.hpclinic.org  


Garden Quarter Neighborhood Resource Center 
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The Garden Quarter Neighborhood Resource Center provides an after-school program 4-5 days per week during the school year and 3-4 days per week during summer. MHB funding supports:

Youth Prevention Program provides adult-supervised, preventative programming after school, when youth are highly likely to engage in risk-taking behaviors and/or experience isolation. It is designed to expand the range of choices and opportunities that enable, empower and encourage youth to achieve positive growth and development, improve expectations and capacities for future success, and avoid and/or reduce risk-taking behavior.

Parent Prevention Program educates and empowers adults in McHenry County by increasing their involvement in the children’s activities, improving their knowledge of and ability to access community resources and supporting them in navigating the complex systems of mental health, substance abuse, education and other community institutions.

For additional information or assistance contact Garden Quarter Neighborhood Resource Center at (815) 322-2357 or visit their website at www.gardenquarter.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... 

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