All McHenry County government facilities will be CLOSED on Monday, February 19th, in observance of Presidents Day.

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McHenry County Crisis Line 1-800-892-8900

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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.


Effectively Living & Working Within A Diverse World Training 
Participants will gain a very practical understanding of how to work effectively with diverse populations to help them better manage, supervise, or volunteer within their organizations or communities. This 5.25 hour training is offered on Friday, March 16, 2018 from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm. Click here for additional information and to REGISTER.


Harm Reduction: An Introduction to the Model and Applications Training
This 3 hour training is offered on Friday, March 9, 2018 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Mental Health Board. Participants will be introduced to a basic definition of Harm Reduction, its origins & guiding principles. This will be followed by a discussion of how Harm Reduction can be applied to different kinds of change/treatment (i.e., substance use, mental health, diet/exercise, sex, etc.) and how Harm Reduction and other interventions that focus on eliminating behaviors can work together. Click here for additional information and to REGISTER.


Petition and Certificate Training
This course will walk attendees through the involuntary admission process from the preparing of the petition to the filing of the petition to the court hearing on the petition and provide guidance on avoiding the pitfalls in the legal process. This 3 hour training is offered on Friday, February 16, 2018 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm or from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. at the Mental Health Board.  Click here for additional information and to REGISTER.


 Featured Funded Agencies

For County Fiscal Year 2018, $10,737,610.00 in local community mental health funds are allocated directly to 32 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.

Aunt Marthas

Aunt Martha’s is one of the state’s largest Federally Qualified Health Centers. Behavioral health services include adult, child, and adolescent psychiatry and therapy, individual counseling, and comprehensive diagnostic evaluation and treatment.  MHB funding supports:

Psychiatric Services Aunt Martha’s has expanded our model of integrated care by bringing behavioral health (BH) services into the primary care clinic setting by offering routine mental health screening and access to treatment to: promote early detection and improved management of treatment; reduce the stigma of treating mental health disorders and offer convenience to patients; promote adherence and strengthen monitoring of the treatment plan; and, build on the existing, ongoing PCP and patient relationship.

For additional information or assistance contact Aunt Martha’s at (877) 692-8686 or visit their website at  


Centegra logoCentegra Hospital – Woodstock is the primary service location for Behavioral Health Services for Centegra Health System. The Behavioral Health Service line provides acute care for adults (18 and older) with Mental Health and or Substance dependence problems. 
MHB funding supports:

Behavioral Health Access and Crisis Services MHB and CHS’s continued partnership focuses on supporting an array of crisis stabilization services.  Through this partnership, the MHB is ensuring community access to a community behavioral health crisis line, crisis assessments, crisis intervention, linkage/referral/care collaboration, Behavioral Health informed emergency care, short-term crisis stabilization, A Way Out, Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD), post care community care and recovery navigation, and the establishment of a CHW site-based community behavioral health non-emergency access point.

Substance Abuse Nurse Educator & Community Liaison works with the Substance Abuse Coalition and CHS medical team to enhance prevention and treatment practices related to substance use disorders, with a focus on alcohol detoxification and opioid dependence. On a community level, this role focuses on ensuring Centegra can provide the resources necessary support and co-facilitate key community partnership initiatives. Specifically, this role will take a formal lead in implementing the Naloxone law enforcement program and partner with the substance abuse coalition to promote other prevention based initiatives.

For additional information or assistance contact Centegra at (815) 338-2500 or visit their website at

Clearbrook LogoClearbrook
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 is innovative in offering participants "choices" in the areas of employment, volunteering, leisure activities and socializing in settings that utilize natural supports in the community and through community partnerships.  Families/participants also have a "choice" to participate in the program on a full or part time basis.  The CHOICE program model includes a specifically developed personal exploration tool (PEP).  As each participant enters the program they "discover" their interests and document them via the PEP.  This is the foundation for the program's person centered model of service design and delivery.

For additional information or assistance contact Clearbrook at (815) 893-6509 or visit their website at


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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