620 Dakota St. Crystal Lake, IL 60012 | Phone: 815-455-2828
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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.


In the spirit of raising public awareness during May, which is Mental Health Awareness Month, the McHenry County Mental Health Board (MHB) invites community members to a Town Hall Meeting to discuss mental health, substance use disorder, and intellectual and developmental disability related services and community needs. The MHB Town Hall Meeting will take place on Thursday, May 18, 2016 at 6 p.m. at the McHenry County Mental Health Board, 620 Dakota Street, Crystal Lake.  
For over 65 years, Mental Health America has led the observance of May is Mental Health Month by reaching millions of people through the media, local events and screenings. The MHB welcomes our community to join us in spreading the word that mental health is essential to overall health.  
As Mental Health Awareness Month, May is a the perfect time for our community to acknowledge the importance of mental health and take action to ensure that individuals with mental health, substance use disorder, and/or intellectual and developmental disabilities have access to prevention, treatment, and recovery support services. 
The voice of McHenry County residents is an important part of the MHB’s planning process and development of plans for future service needs. 
Community residents are encouraged to contribute to the local conversation by participating in the Town Hall Meeting through sharing their stories of success and/or offering ideas for system improvement and enhancement. 
For further information click here or contact the Mental Health Board at 815-455-2828.


The McHenry County Mental Health Board (MCMHB) is the largest funder of services for county residents with mental health and substance abuse needs and intellectual and developmental disabilities. In addition to its governing board, the MCMHB works in close partnership with its funded providers, known collectively as the Network Council. Both of these bodies are described in further detail in the attached report.
In 2016, as part of its goal of creating a more meaningful voice for the Network Council, the MCMHB engaged in a strategic planning process. Supported by planning consultants, the process began in September 2016 and spanned a six-month period ending in February 2017. 

Click here to view the McHenry County Mental Health Board Network Council Strategic Plan.


The Mental Health Board would like to recognize the following agencies for their hard work and dedication to the residents of McHenry County for achieving these major accomplishments:

McHenry County 22nd Judicial Adult Drug and Mental Health Courts are the first in Illinois to receive Problem-Solving Courts standards certification.

Pioneer Center for Human Services is awarded a three year CARF Accreditation for the following programs: Community Employment Services - Employment Supports; Community Employment Services - Job Development; Community Housing; Community Integration; Services Coordination; Supported Living; Case Management/Services Coordination - Psychosocial Rehabilitation (Adults); Community Housing - Psychosocial Rehabilitation (Adults); Community Integration - Family Services (Children and Adolescents); Community Integration - Psychosocial Rehabilitation (Adults); Crisis Intervention - Family Services (Children and Adolescents); Outpatient Treatment - Mental Health (Children and Adolescents); Prevention - Family Services (Children and Adolescents) and Administration and Governance.

TLS Veterans is awarded three year CARF Accreditation for the Rapid Rehousing and Homelessness Prevention Programs.


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. 


 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.

Greater Elgin Family Care Center - McHenry Community Health Center

GEFCC McHenryGEFCC is a private, non-profit, Joint Commission accredited, Primary Care Medical Home-certified Federally Qualified Health Center. 

Behavioral Health Integration uses screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment. The program model is team-based with full integration between primary and behavioral health care including shared patient scheduling, shared treatment planning, shared service provision and shared record keeping.
Psychiatry services for patients age 15 years and older include psychiatric evaluations, medication education and medication monitoring.

For additional information or assistance contact Greater Elgin Family Care Center – McHenry Community Health Center at (815) 363-9900 or visit their website at www.gefcc.org


Home of the Sparrow, Inc.

HOS logoHome of the Sparrow provides homeless women and children who have a mental health diagnosis as listed in the DSM-V or ICD-10, who are at risk of developing such a diagnosis, or who are displaying situational mental health symptoms pursuant to the trauma of homelessness through mental health counseling, case management, and mental health crisis intervention. 

Counseling & Case Management provides the client with professional counseling to evaluate the clients’ mental health and functioning capabilities and facilitation of connections with community resources and specialized services.
Outreach and Prevention Through counseling, case management, and advocacy Outreach workers assist clients by establishing linkages with appropriate community resources for their physical and mental health needs.
Electronic Record Collaborative Home of the Sparrow is the lead agency of this collaborative system that will provide NAMI McHenry County, TLS Veterans, New Directions Addiction Recovery Services and Garden Quarter Neighborhood Resource Center with an electronic record system that will support their growth through data analysis and reporting. (MHB funding effective May 1, 2017)

For additional information or assistance contact Home of the Sparrow at (815) 271-5444 or visit their website at www.HOSparrow.org  


Horizons Behavioral Health, LLC

Horizons is an outpatient behavioral health facility, serving McHenry County residents of all ages with a diagnosis of mental illness. Services include psychiatric diagnostic evaluations along with medication management and therapeutic injections, psychotherapy, family therapy, group therapy, and psychological testing.

Psychiatric Residency Program provides psychiatric services to patients in McHenry County by psychiatric residents.
Warrant of Need Program allows unfunded non-Medicaid patients the ability to access behavioral health services.

For additional information or assistance contact Horizons Behavioral Health at (815) 455-7100 or visit their website at www.horizonsbh.com  

Articles of Interest

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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...

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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