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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.


The McHenry County Mental Health Board, 620 Dakota St., Crystal Lake, IL is pleased to announce the publication of its 2017 Annual Report. Copies of the annual report are available online at www.mc708.org or by hard copy at the address provided. If you would like additional information or have questions about the McHenry County Mental Health Board please call 815-455-2828.


Advanced Supervision Issues: Psychological Stress, Resistance and Impairment
This workshop deals with more advanced issues that arise in the supervisory relationship. Opportunities to apply concepts learned will be experienced through viewing videotapes of counseling and supervision sessions. This free 5.5 hour training is offered on Friday, May 18, 2018 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Mental Health Board on 620 Dakota Street in Crystal Lake. For additional information and to register CLICK HERE.


Assessing Boundaries and Building the Supervisory Relationship Training
This workshop looks at the theory and strategies that focus on the supervisor/supervisee relationship. It offers some specific examples of ways to enhance the relationship and presents issues representing good boundaries in supervision. This free 5.5 hour training is offered on Friday, May 11, 2018 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Mental Health Board on 620 Dakota Street in Crystal Lake. For additional information and to register CLICK HERE.


Children and Mindfulness Training
This 2.75 hour training is offered on Friday, May 4, 2018 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Mental Health Board. You will walk away with a step-by-step approach for effectively sharing the proven practices of yoga and mindfulness to help children and adolescents who are struggling to regulate their emotions, sustain attention and control impulsive behavior. For additional information and to register CLICK HERE.


Clinical Strategies for Sexual Issues in Therapy Training
This 5.5 hour training is offered on Friday, April 27, 2018 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Mental Health Board. This workshop will explore the underlying currents in what makes it easier or more difficult to manage these discussions in the therapy room. For additional information and to register CLICK HERE.


2018 Town Hall Meetings

 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.


Family Alliance logoFor 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.  MHB funding supports:

Group Fee for Service The intent of this service is to provide preventative support groups, counseling and education for caregivers and program participants at risk of clinical depressions, anxiety, and higher physical health needs by arming them with specific tools and resources for healthy habits.

Psychiatric & Recovery Services accommodate behavioral health disorder needs that are not part of the normal aging process of older adults and to provide accurate diagnosis that will lead to appropriate interventions and successful outcomes.

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

FHPC LogoThe Family Health Partnership Clinic provides health care to those in our community who do not have health insurance of any kind. 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. MHB funding supports:

Therapist treats individuals in need of behavioral health services and service delivery with appropriate mental health assessments, treatment plans along with short term mental health treatment. Services are conducted by a Spanish bilingual therapist who works closely with the physical health providers and nurses to help identify patients in need of behavioral health services.

Patient Navigator Program links individuals in need of behavioral health and other critically needed services with the provider organization that can provide appropriate assessment and service delivery as indicated.

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

Garden Quarter LogoThe Garden Quarter Neighborhood Resource Center is proud to announce they have changed their name to Youth and Family Center of McHenry County. The name change reflects an expansion and encompasses who they are and what they do. They provide after-school program 4-5 days per week during the school year and 3-4 days per week during summer. MHB funding supports:

Youth Prevention Program provides adult-supervised, preventative programming after school, when youth are highly likely to engage in risk-taking behaviors and/or experience isolation. It is designed to expand the range of choices and opportunities that enable, empower and encourage youth to achieve positive growth and development, improve expectations and capacities for future success, and avoid and/or reduce risk-taking behavior.

Parent Prevention Program educates and empowers adults in McHenry County by increasing their involvement in the children’s activities, improving their knowledge of and ability to access community resources and supporting them in navigating the complex systems of mental health, substance abuse, education and other community institutions.

Bilingual Bicultural Service Navigation Program The Spanish-speaking Bilingual Service Navigator is on-site every weekday to provide one-on-one or family support, by providing referrals and linkages to other agencies, facilitating communication between mental health, substance abuse, education and other community institutions, and assisting families in navigating the aforementioned institutions, including providing assistance with in-take application and providing linguistic and cultural interpretation of documents and services.

 For additional information or assistance contact Garden Quarter Neighborhood Resource Center at (815) 322-2357 or visit their website at www.gardenquarter.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.

Why Mental Health Treatment is Not an Easy Solution to Violence The Conversation.com, March 12, 2018 -  In the wake of mass shootings and other tragedies, a frequent refrain is: Why don’t we get those dangerous people off the streets? And, just as frequently, people suggest that mental health treatment is the answer. Yet, for two main reasons, mental health treatment is not an easy solution to violence. The process of treating mental illness is difficult and complicated. More importantly, the vast majority of people with mental illnesses are not violent and the vast majority of lethal acts of violence are not perpetrated by people with mental illnesses. I am a forensic psychologist and professor of psychology. I have studied mental illness, violence and mental health treatment at length. Here are some reasons that mental health treatment is not going to “cure” violence....

'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.” ...

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