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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.




On May 1, 2017, the McHenry County Substance Abuse Coalition (www.McDrugFree.com) in cooperation with the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department and local police departments, Centegra Hospital System, McHenry County Mental Health Board, McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office, Rosecrance McHenry County, Gateway, and Not One More – McHenry County, began accepting participants into the A Way Out Program - McHenry County. This program was developed in an effort to increase the number of people receiving treatment for a growing concern in every part of the nation: drug addiction. Drug overdose is America’s leading cause of accidental death with over 52,000 deaths in 2015 and over 59,000 in 2016. In McHenry County we had 56 individuals die in 2016. It is estimated that for every one death there are an additional 130 people struggling with drug abuse which represents over 7,200 in our own community. [Read more]


Uniting Our Voices LOGO 6-17
for the 2017 McHenry County Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Wellness & Recovery Conference.  This year's conference, Uniting Our Voices, Strength and Recovery will be held on September 15, 2017 from 9:00 - 3:30.  More information to follow. 


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.


 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.

Mathers Clinic, LLC and Mathers Community Mental Health Center, LLC

Mathers Clinic and Community Mental Health Center's sole priority is towards the emotional well-being of the individual adults, children, adolescents, couples and families they counsel.  They provide a wide range of mental health based services. These include self-esteem counseling, stress and anger management, grief and bereavement and other specialized therapeutic treatments.  Mental Health Board funding supports:
Psychologist Prescriptive Authority Program provides training to psychologist in order to prescribe medication. It is an approved program that will assist clients to receive medication management that is done under the supervision of a Psychiatrist.
Psych Testing Equipment various tools and programs to assist with psychiatric testing.
Psych Express provides comprehensive psychiatric care on an urgent basis. Clients receive an assessment by a qualified mental health professional and then see a psychiatrist or a psychiatric nurse practioner for additional treatment, which may include medication monitoring or a higher level of treatment, with a goal of same-day or next-day treatment.
Young Adult Opiate Addiction and IOP Program provides support to the person served during withdrawal from opiates. Outpatient detoxification programs will also be combined with an Intensive Outpatient Program. Outpatient detoxification programs include the provision of medically monitored medications used in the detoxification process.

For additional information or assistance contact Mathers Clinic at (815) 444-9999 or visit their website at www.themathersclinic.com

McHenry County Department of Health




 The McHenry County Department of Health is comprised of divisions that assist the residents of McHenry County in many diverse ways.  The Nursing Division provides services to the community through many different types of programs, screenings, clinics, home visits  and education. Mental  Health Board funding supports: 

 Early Identification & Intervention provides services that screen for early developmental and  social/emotional delays, seeks intervention to provide services to children, and provides  follow-up to assure delivery of the needed services.

For additional information or assistance contact the McHenry County Department of Health at (815) 334-4510 or visit their website at www.mcdh.info      

NAMI - McHenry County

NAMI logoNAMI – McHenry County is a non-profit, volunteer-based organization dedicated to improving the quality of lives for those whose lives are affected by mental illness. NAMI-McHenry County offers an array of free services including self-help groups, educational classes, workshops, trainings, community presentations and advocacy.  These free services draw on the lived experience of individuals who have experienced mental illness in their lives.  Mental Health Board funding supports:
Recovery Support Services provide evidence-based educational classes and training that informs and equips families, community members and professionals with the knowledge to understand the different brain and mood disorders, identify the signs and symptoms of a mental health condition, and how to provide healthy support and safe intervention.

For additional information or assistance contact NAMI – McHenry County at (815) 338-0851 or visit their website at www.namimchenrycounty.org  

Articles of Interest

This section is provided to promote awareness of current issues and does not constitute support or endorsement of any idea, author, article, website or organization.

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...

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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