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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.


2018 PIN ForumSAVE THE DATE for the 2018 People in Need Forum! 
Saturday, January 27, 2018 | 8 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
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McHenry County Adolescent Psychiatric Service Report,  June 30, 2017 - The purpose of this assessment 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


 Featured Funded Agencies

For County Fiscal Year 2018, $10,072,506.00 in local community mental health funds are allocated directly to 31 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 CFY18 click here and come back monthly to view the Featured Funded Agencies.

22nd Judicial Circuit Court $194,460
Association for Individual Development $582,931
Aunt Martha's Health & Wellness, Inc. $467,500
Centegra Health System $1,460,859
Clearbrook $251,040
Community Health Partnership of Illinois $36,188
Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Northern Illinois, Inc. $35,000
Epilepsy Foundation of North Central Illinios, Iowa & Nebraska $591,353
Family Alliance, Inc. $264,808
Family Health Partnership Clinic $76,000
Garden Quarter Neighborhood Resource Center $112,037
Greater Elgin Family Care Center $453,694
Harvard Community Senior Center $98,920
Home of the Sparrow, Inc. $228,000
Horizons Behavioral Health $120,000
Live 4 Lali, Inc. $120,000
Mathers Community Mental Health Center, LLC $90,000
Mathers Recovery, LLC $37,500
McHenry County Department of Health $18,221
McHenry County Sheriff's Department $75,104
NAMI McHenry County $232,030
New Directions Addiction Recovery Services $279,000
Northern Illinois Special Recreation Association $59,950
Northwest Center Against Sexual Assault $22,000
Options & Advocacy for McHenry County $328,194
Pioneer Center for Human Services $1,348,047
Rosecrance, Inc. $1,075,344
Special Education District of McHenry County $11,814
Thresholds $582,915
Transitional Living Services dba TLS Veterans $219,597
Turning Point, Inc. $600,000

Articles of Interest

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'The Pills Are Everywhere’: How the Opioid Crisis Claims Its Youngest Victims  New York Times, September 20, 2017 - When Penny Mae Cormani died in Utah, her family sang Mormon hymns — “Be Still My Soul” — and lowered her small coffin into the earth. The latest victim of a drug epidemic that is now taking 60,000 lives a year, Penny was just 1. Increasingly, parents and the police are encountering toddlers and young children unconscious or dead after consuming an adult’s opioids.
At the children’s hospital in Dayton, Ohio, accidental ingestions have more than doubled, to some 200 intoxications a year, with tiny bodies found laced by drugs like fentanyl. In Milwaukee, eight children have died of opioid poisoning since late 2015, all from legal substances like methadone and oxycodone. In Salt Lake City, one emergency doctor recently revived four overdosing toddlers in a night, a phenomenon she called both new and alarming...

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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