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 McHenry County Mental Health Board (MCMHB) is requesting proposals for the conducting of a detailed facilities condition survey and to perform a capital renewal analysis of its facility. This condition survey and capital renewal analysis will focus on the MCMHB facility totaling approximately 30,732 square feet and located at 620 Dakota Street, Crystal Lake, IL 60012.  

The MCMHB will be accepting sealed bids due on Friday, September 9, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. Mail to or drop off sealed bid at: McHenry County Mental Health Board, 620 Dakota St., Crystal lake, IL 60012.   

Proposal Information is available on McHenry County Mental Health Board’s website at www.mc708.org or by clicking here Mental Health Board RFPs 


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 August 29, 2016.  Click here or call 847-931-2340 for more information.


 Featured Funded Agencies

Options & AdvO&A logoocacy for McHenry County operates Child & Family Connections (CFC) for children under the age of three who are experiencing delays in their development, Community Access Coordination (CAC) which serves individuals over the age of three who have a developmental disability, and the Autism Support program which serves children and young adults who have an autism spectrum diagnosis.  Mental Health Board funding supports:
     - DD Service Coordination
     - Pre-Admission Screening (PAS)
     - Autism Support Program
     - Bilingual Liaison
     - Bicultural Navigation (in partnership with Garden Quarter Neighborhood Resource Center)
For additional information or assistance contact Options & Advocacy at (815) 477-4720 or visit their website at www.optionsandadvocacy.org


Partnering for Prevention is invested in creating partnerships that support, educate and encourage healthy choices so youth and adults alike can thrive.  They partner with youth, parents, community members, schools, organizations and corporations.   Mental Health Board funding supports:  - Operation Snowball
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For additional information or assistance contact Partnering for Prevention at (224) 241-2192 or visit their website at www.partneringforprevention.net


Pioneer Center for Human Services provides Intellectual & Developmental Disability Services, Community Based Services and McHenry County PADS—Homeless Services, helping to empower individuals to achieve their full potential.  Mental Health Board funding supports:
- Community & Family Support
- DD Respite Care
- DD Vocational Development / Employment Development
- Community Employment
- Recovery Specialist at PADS
- Representative Payee Services
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- Entitlement Specialist
- IDD Day Services
- IDD Wellness Program Nurse
- Autism Day Program
- Transitional Support Specialist
- HMIS System Administrator
- Residential Inclusion / Community Activity Manager

For additional information or assistance contact Pioneer Center at (815) 344-1230 or visit their website at www.pioneercenter.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.

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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