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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.


AID (Association for Individual Development) has launched behavioral healthcare services for the greater McHenry county area as of May 12, 2016. The dedicated and talented AID-McHenry clinicians are connecting with former Pioneer Center clients to begin AID’s intake and admission process. Intake and Admission appointments are the first step in getting reconnected to services and are being scheduled over the next several weeks.  Anyone interested in connecting with AID-McHenry to received services can call our intake line at 815-759-7084.  Questions about services offered, insurance plans accepted, service location and other general questions can be directed to our main line at 815-759-7077.  Click here to read the full press release.


Presidential Proclamation -- National Mental Health Awareness Month, 2016
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Nearly 44 million American adults, and millions of children, experience mental health conditions each year, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and post-traumatic stress.  Although we have made progress expanding mental health coverage and elevating the conversation about mental health, too many people still do not get the help they need.  Our Nation is founded on the belief that we must look out for one another -- and whether it affects our family members, friends, co-workers, or those unknown to us -- we do a service for each other when we reach out and help those struggling with mental health issues.  This month, we renew our commitment to ridding our society of the stigma associated with mental illness, encourage those living with mental health conditions to get the help they need, and reaffirm our pledge to ensure those who need help have access to the support, acceptance, and resources they deserve.  Click here to read the complete Presidential Proclamation.  


 Featured Funded Agencies

 The Association for Individual Development (AID) serves individuals with developmental, physical and/or mental disabilities, those who have suffered a trauma or are at risk. It was incorporated in 1961 by a small group of parents, serving 8 individuals with disabilities. Today, AID annually serves more than 5,400 individuals in 45 communities. AID provides quality services throughout the entire lifespan of an individual and utilizes a person-centered approach coupled with evidence-based practices to ensure the highest level of accomplishment. Our mission is to empower people with physical, developmental, intellectual and mental health challenges to enjoy lives of dignity and purpose. 
Mental Health Board funding supports:
           - Adult Behavioral Health Outpatient Services

For more information or assistance contact AID at (815) 759-7077 or visit their website at www.the-association.org   

For 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. 
Mental Health Board funding supports: 
 - Clinical and Recovery Support
 - Caregiver Counseling and Life Transition Services
 - Mental Health Services
 - Infrastructure; technology

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


The Family Health Partnership Clinic provides health care to those in our community who do not have health insurance of any kind or are underinsured. 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.  Mental Health Board funding supports: 
Mental Health Board funding supports:
- Patient Navigator 
- Mental Health Services - Bilingual
- Autism Diagnostic Clinic

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

Articles of Interest

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Peterson: Recovery from mental illness is worth the struggle Northwest Herald, May 1, 2016 - I keep waiting for the other shoe to drop. Because I feel good. I feel well. I am living life in recovery. Is recovery possible? I think so. I say, “ I think so,” when I should say, “I know so.”
May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and I have mental illnesses, as do one out of five Americans at any given time. Mental illnesses are not uncommon. We all know someone with mental illnesses – depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, borderline personality disorder, schizophrenia. The list goes on...

For Police, a Playbook for Conflicts Involving Mental Illness New York Times, April 25, 2016 - PORTLAND, Ore. — The 911 caller had reported a man with a samurai sword, lunging at people on the waterfront. It was evening, and when the police arrived, they saw the man pacing the beach and called to him. He responded by throwing a rock at the embankment where they stood. They shouted to him from a sheriff’s boat; he threw another rock...

Crystal Lake couple dispel addiction myths after son's heroin OD death Northwest Herald - Maria Brown didn’t notice him at first. Her son Steven, a heroin addict, was crumpled like a ball of clothes at the foot of his bed, a needle nearby. Only 30 minutes had passed since Maria and Ken Brown had last seen their son climbing the stairs to his bedroom... 

How Does Your County Fair? Social Impact Research Center - As we strive to make Illinois a place characterized by social justice and equity, it’s important to look at the dynamics of poverty and well-being not only at the state and national levels, but also locally. The County Well-Being Index highlights counties that are experiencing particularly negative conditions and trends on four key indicators: poverty, unemployment…

Why Are So Many Black Kids Dying From Suicide? By Alex Zielinski Think Progress Feb 22, 2016 - From police brutality to health care gaps, there are countless forms of systemic violence that impact black communities. But there’s one quieter, overlooked threat that’s begun to have a deadly impact on black children: mental health stigma. The rate of black youth committing suicide has never been higher. A 2015 study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that…


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