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.


This year’s Community Art Exhibit “Helping Hands Across McHenry County” will be hosted at the Historic Starline Factory in Harvard, IL on Friday, November 11, 2016. Please help us spread the word to artists who would love to exhibit, sell their work, and share their story of recovery and what art does to promote their wellness. Here's a “Save the Date” flyer for you to print and share. Also included is the prospectuses (guidelines) for Artist submissionsPhotography submissions and event details. A variety of 2D & 3D works will be accepted. Anyone interested is welcome to contact Kris Doherty at kdoherty@mc708.org for additional information.  

Visions of Hope award nominations - In conjunction to this community art exhibit is the 8th annual presentation of the Visions of Hope awards which honors one outstanding volunteer and one individual or organization for outstanding efforts in raising awareness of recovery from mental illness. This is an opportunity for the community to nominate an individual, business, organization, or school for their accomplishments and successes in making a difference in others’ lives as well as their own. Let’s honor those who have made a difference by submitting the Visions of Hope Nomination Form to the Behavioral Health Foundation by October 15, 2016.


Association for Individual Development (AID) will be moving their McHenry County office to 5342 West Elm Street in McHenry. Services at this location will start September 19, 2016.  Call 847-931-2340 for more information.


 Featured Funded Agencies

RoseRosecrance logocrance McHenry County provides evidence-based outpatient mental health and substance abuse treatment in an environment that fosters lasting recovery. Their programs are family centered and focus on helping clients and their loved ones develop the tools needed to rebuild their lives and reclaim what has been lost.  Mental Health Board funding supports:
  - Mental Health Outpatient for those unfunded
  - Substance Abuse
  - Mental Health / Substance Abuse Prevention and Support (SAP Harvard)
  - Recovery Home
  - Student Asst. Counselor
  - Psychiatric Services
  - Project Success
  - Wraparound
  - Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health Outpatient 

For additional information or assistance contact Rosecrance at (815) 363-6132 or visit their website at www.rosecrance.org


SEDOMThe Special Education District of McHenry County (SEDOM) is a special education cooperative serving 18 member school districts in McHenry County. The purpose of the cooperative is to support member districts in the provision of special education programs, supports and services for student whose unique educational needs cannot be met within local programming.  
TAP is a community based program that assists young people in exploring and developing the needed skills to transition to independent living with an emphasis on education, vocational skills and housing. TAP serves McHenry County youth between the ages of 16 and 24 who have a primary mental health diagnosis, working with these young people to explore the needs and strengths necessary for gaining their independence.  The program is fully funded through a grant from the McHenry County Mental Health Board.
Mental Health Board funding supports:
   - Transitional Youth Program (Transition to Adulthood Program - TAP)

For additional information or assistance contact SEDOM at (815) 338-3622 or visit their website at www.sedom.org 

ThreThresholds logosholds
serves McHenry County adults age 18 and over who have a diagnosis of a severe mental illness and require psychiatric, community support (individual, team and/or group) and/or supervised housing services. Mental Health Board funding supports:
    - Non Rule 132 Representative Payee Services
    - Non-Medicaid Community Support & Community Support Team
    - Housing Specialist
    - Program Nurse
    - Homeless Outreach Support
    - Clinical Supervisor
    - Assertive Community Treatment
    - Community Support Individual

For additional information or assistance contact Thresholds at (815) 338-8324 or visit their website at www.thresholds.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.

More Child Suicides Are Linked to A.D.D. Than Depression, Study Suggests NYTimes.com, September 19, 2016 - Attention deficit disorder is the most common mental health diagnosis among children under 12 who die by suicide, a new study has found.
Very few children aged 5 to 11 take their own lives, and little is known about these deaths. The new study, which included deaths in 17 states from 2003 to 2012, compared 87 children aged 5 to 11 who committed suicide with 606 adolescents aged 12 to 14 who did, to see how they differed. The research was published on Monday in the journal Pediatrics.
About a third of the children of each group had a known mental health problem. The very young who died by suicide were most likely to have had attention deficit disorder, or A.D.D., with or without accompanying hyperactivity.
By contrast, nearly two-thirds of early adolescents who took their lives struggled with ...

After their children died of overdoses, these families told the harsh truth  Chicagotribune.com, September 1, 2016 - The Facebook post about Jordan Roche was startlingly frank: "As you may or may not know, my son Jordan passed away September 26th from a heroin overdose," his mother wrote. "Jordan was a sweet young man with a great big heart. Even while struggling with addiction, he still took the time to help others with their struggle with addiction and with their music careers."
Ryan Hawe's death notice appeared in The Washington Post. "Our charismatic and beautiful son and brother Ryan died Saturday morning," it read. ". . .

With 7 suicides in her family, Mariel Hemingway declares war on depression  Chicagotribune.com, July  29, 2016  - With seven suicides in her family including those of her writer grandfather Ernest and her supermodel sister Margaux Mariel Hemingway hasn't just been affected by depression and suicide. She has been besieged by it.
This history is why the actress, the youngest daughter of Ernest Hemingway's son Jack and famous for such films as "Manhattan," "Personal Best," "Star 80" and "The Mean Season," has spent the last several years speaking as a mental health and wellness advocate...

How Neighbors Can Help Cops Improve Mental Health Response Daily Herald, June 28, 2016 -  Police officers in increasing numbers are training to be a calming presence during mental health crises, but the responsibility shouldn't fall on their shoulders alone, an expert says. "The reality is the community has a big part to play in all of this," said Patricia Doyle, who runs a mental health training company called Vision for Change. "It's not a police-only issue. It's a community issue, and we've got to work together...

Kristin Bell: I'm Over Being Silent About Depression by Kristen Bell, Motto.com May 31, 2016 - 'There's nothing weak about struggling with mental illness'
When I was 18, my mom sat me down and said, “If there ever comes a time where you feel like a dark cloud is following you, you can get help. You can talk to me, talk to a therapist, talk to doctor. I want you to know that there are options.”
I’m so thankful for her openness on this predominantly silent subject because later, when I was in college, that time did come. I felt plagued with a negative attitude and a sense that I was permanently in the shade. I’m normally such a bubbly, positive person, and all of a sudden...


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