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.


Aunt Martha's Health Center at Centegra Hospital-Woodstock is NOW OPEN!
Aunt Martha's specializes in coordinated primary care and mental health services for children and adults.  For more information call 877-692-8686 or visit www.auntmarthas.org/woodstock.


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Become a Mental Health First Aid Instructor!
Mental health challenges – such as depression, anxiety, psychosis and substance use – are shockingly common in the United States.  In fact, more than one in five American adults will have a mental health problem in any given year.  The National Council for Behavioral Health certifies individuals throughout the nation to provide Mental Health First Aid courses to prepare their communities with the knowledge and skills to help individuals who are developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.  Identified on SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices, the training helps the public better identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses. 
Instructors are on the frontlines of the program and help to train people in their communities in Mental Health First Aid. Instructors teach from a national curriculum, tailor discussions to their participants, and compile a list of local resources for help. Click on the following links or contact Denise Bowman at 815-455-2828 for more information:
Mental Health First Aid Instructor Training Flyer 
Instructor Certification Training Application


 Featured Funded Agencies

For County Fiscal Year 2017, $9,376,786.00 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 beginning December 1, 2016.

Twenty Second Judicial Circuit
Alano Club of Crystal Lake
Association for Individual Development
Aunt Martha's Youth Service Center, Inc.
Centegra Hospital - Woodstock
Community Health Partnership Illinois
Consumer Credit Counseling  Service of Northern IL, Inc.
Epilepsy Foundation of North Central Illinois, Iowa & Nebraska
Family Alliance, Inc.
Family Health Partnership Clinic
Garden Quarter Neighborhood Resource Center
Greater Elgin Family Care Ctr./McHenry Community Health Ctr.
Home of the Sparrow, Inc.
Horizons Behavioral Health Professional Services, LLC
Mathers Community Mental Health Center
McHenry County Department of Health
McHenry County Probation & Court Services
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) McHenry County
New Directions Addiction Recovery Services
Northern Illinois Special Recreation Association (NISRA)
Northwest Center Against Sexual Assault
Options & Advocacy
Pioneer Center for Human Services
Rosecrance, Inc.
Special Education District of McHenry County (SEDOM)
Senior Services Associates, Inc.
Transitional Living Services, Inc. dba TLS Veterans
Turning Point, Inc.  $695,824 


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.

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... 

Heroin Is Being Laced With a Terrifying New Substance: What to Know About Carfentanil Times.com September 12, 2016 - A drug so powerful that it’s used to sedate elephants is finding a new, illicit use laced into heroin, potentially contributing to hundreds of overdoses in the last several weeks.
The drug, called Carfentanil, is a synthetic opioid so strong that just a few granules the size of grains of table salt can be lethal. Since mid-August, roughly 300 people in at least four states have overdosed on heroin linked to Carfentanil and the less powerful compound fentanyl.
One of the hardest-hit spots was Hamilton County, home to Cincinnati, where on a single day...

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. ". . .


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