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.


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.  


T2012.May events 134he McHenry County Mental Health Board (MHB) invites community members to a Public Hearing on mental illness, substance abuse, and intellectual and developmental disabilities. The MHB Public Hearing will take place on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at 6 p.m. at the McHenry County Mental Health Board, 620 Dakota Street, Crystal Lake.  The voice of McHenry County residents is an important part of the planning process in the development of plans for future service needs. Community residents are encouraged to contribute to the local conversation by participating in the Public Hearing and sharing their viewpoints and concerns. The public may also submit written testimony in advance or at the meeting. For further information contact the Mental Health Board at 815-455-2828.  


Garden Quarter Neighborhood Resource Center (GQNRC), a non-profit 501c-3 organization funded by the McHenry County Mental Health Board, McHenry County Community Foundation and other agencies announces its new location at 3733 W. Elm St. in McHenry opening on April 18, 2016. GQNRC is a small non-profit that began more than 10 years ago in Garden Quarter Apartments as a collaborative effort of the City of McHenry Police Department, the Latino Coalition, and a school social worker in an attempt to decrease crime by offering onsite resources and linkages to local social service agencies.  To read more about GQNRC click here.


 Featured Funded Agencies

ClClearbrook Logoearbrook provides services, programs and support for children and adults with autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy and other intellectual/developmental disabilities as well as their families. 
MHB funding supports: 
                                                       - Choice Program  

For additional information or assistance contact Clearbrook at (847) 870-7711 or visit their website at www.clearbrook.org


CCCS logoConsumer Credit Counseling serves anyone in need of financial, credit or housing assistance.  Services include: credit & debt counseling and education; debt management programs which pay off unsecured debt at reduced interest and fees; credit report analysis; bankruptcy counseling and education; and housing services. 
Mental Health Board funding supports:
           - Financial Screening, Information and Referral
           - Financial Counseling and Debt Management

For more information or assistance contact Consumer Credit Counseling Services of Northern Illinois at (815) 338-5757 or visit their website at www.illinoiscccs.org


The Epilepsy Foundation is a voluntary health agency dedicated to the welfare of people with epilepsy and their families.Epilepsy Foundation logo The organization works to ensure that people with seizures are able to participate in all life experiences; to improve how people with epilepsy are perceived, accepted and valued in society; and to promote research for a cure. 
Mental Health Board funding supports:
- Epilepsy Case Management
- Epilepsy Clinic
- Epilepsy Telemedicine Program, RN Support
- Psychiatry Clinic/Telepsychiatry Program, RN Support and Case Management Support
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Services

For additional information or assistance contact the Epilepsy Foundation at (815) 893-0709 or visit their website at http://www.epilepsyheartland.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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