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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.


Uniting Our Voices LOGO 6-17McHenry County Suicide Prevention, Mental Health Wellness & Recovery Conference, Friday, September 15, 2017
The McHenry County Mental Health Board is partnering with the Suicide Prevention Task Force at the first Suicide and Mental Health Recovery Conference to promote public awareness of mental health concerns, the prevalence of suicide and substance abuse in our communities - as well as learn about Hope, Empowerment and Recovery. The theme is Uniting Our Voices, Strength and Recovery. Over 20 behavioral health and education exhibitors are participating. Professionals and community members are all encouraged to attend. FREE CEU's and complimentary lunch will be provided!  For more information, including how to register, click here.


McHenry County Adolescent Psychiatric Service Report,  June 30, 2017 - The purpose of this McHenry County Adolescent Psychiatric Services Report Cover Picassessment is to evaluate the current environment of child and adolescent psychiatric services in McHenry County to help answer whether more inpatient services are needed, or whether alternate opportunities can meet the community’s needs. This report will provide an analysis of the need, the challenges present in supporting development of services, and methods in which the County could address the concerns raised by the community. McHenry County Adolescent Psychiatric Services Report


On May 1, 2017, the McHenry County Substance Abuse Coalition (www.McDrugFree.com) in cooperation with the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department and local police departments, Centegra Hospital System, McHenry County Mental Health Board, McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office, Rosecrance McHenry County, Gateway, and Not One More – McHenry County, began accepting participants into the A Way Out Program - McHenry County. This program was developed in an effort to increase the number of people receiving treatment for a growing concern in every part of the nation: drug addiction. Drug overdose is America’s leading cause of accidental death with over 52,000 deaths in 2015 and over 59,000 in 2016. In McHenry County we had 56 individuals die in 2016. It is estimated that for every one death there are an additional 130 people struggling with drug abuse which represents over 7,200 in our own community. [Read more]


 Featured Funded Agencies

For County Fiscal Year 2017, $9,750,942.00 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.

Options & Advocacy

O&A logoOptions & Advocacy for McHenry County is a not for profit independent DD service coordination agency, providing a doorway to services for any McHenry County resident who has a lifelong intellectual or developmental disability. Mental Health Board funding supports:
Bilingual Liaison provides services to those individuals and families that are currently served as well as those families who need services in the county.
DD Service Coordination begins with agency referrals for people over the age of three. If suspected that the child or adult has a lifelong intellectual/developmental disability, an intake is completed. During that procedure a meeting is held with the individual in need of services and their guardian, if applicable, to determine the needs of the person, eligibility for potential funding sources, followed by the development of an Individual Service Plan.
PAS: Pre-Admission Screening screens persons with intellectual/developmental disabilities for DHS/Division of Developmental Disabilities’ Medicaid Waiver funded services and supports.
Autism Support Program provides service coordination supports to the individual, and also provides education to the family, school and community which impact the success of that individual.
Bicultural Navigation (partnership w/Garden Quarter Neighborhood Resource Center) provides assistance to persons who are Spanish speaking and seeking housing, mental health services, and assistance with a wide range of needs. Meetings take place at libraries and other community centers within the county.
For additional information or assistance contact Options & Advocacy at (815) 477-4720 or visit their website at www.optionsandadvocacy.org   


Pioneer Center for Human Services

Pioneer Center logoPioneer 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:
MI Residential Group Home provides comprehensive care to those struggling with behavioral health concerns.  Services available include evaluation and assessment, treatment planning, case management, community support, medication monitoring & training, client centered consultation and coordination of services.
PADS Recovery Specialist ensures that people with mental illness and/or substance abuse issues that access PADS Day Center programs will have linkage to services to assist them in their recovery.
Respite Services are designed to lessen the stress for families by paying for care-taking relief for families of individuals with a diagnosis of Intellectual Developmental Disability.
Client and Family Services programming offers the clients training in all life skills areas to promote and/or maintain the highest level of independence.
Community Employment Services is a specialized program that matches the community’s employment needs with individuals that have dynamic strengths and talents.
Employee Development Services provides technical, social and employability skills training to all individuals regardless of their disability.
IDD Community Inclusion and Transportation provides transportation to Pioneer Center to day programs for individuals living in group homes.
Transition Coordination includes developing relationships with schools, parent, staff and other providers to foster collaboration and ease of access to services. The primary role is to eliminate gaps between school and adult services.
Autism Day Program focuses on individualized service planning, skill development, education, socialization, community inclusion, therapy/sensory supports and volunteer opportunities.
IDD Wellness Program key areas include exercise, nutrition, and monitoring of health related stats such as weight and blood pressure.
IDD Warrant of Need provides individuals with skills training, workplace skills, socialization opportunities, recreation opportunities, classroom activities, leisure time skills and activities in the community.
Entitlement/Benefit Specialist provides clients not receiving benefits/entitlements assistance with completing the application process. Regular contact is maintained until benefits are established and then monitoring and support is provided as needed to maintain awarded benefits.
Lake in the Hills CILA Capital Request funding will provide assistance to purchase common space furnishing start-up cost for the IDD home. (MHB funding effective July 1, 2017)
Jefferson Street Capital Request funding will provide assistance to purchase program furnishing, equipment and supplies. (MHB funding effective July 1, 2017)
For additional information or assistance contact Pioneer Center at (815) 344-1230 or visit their website at www.pioneercenter.org   


 Rosecrance, Inc. 

Rosecrance logoRosecrance McHenry County is a private not-for-profit organization offering behavioral health services for children, adolescents, adults and families throughout the country. Mental Health Board funding supports:
Substance Abuse Services purpose is to stop the alcohol and/or drug use disorder and to return the individual to productive functioning in the family, workplace, school and community.
Mental Health Services provides accessible, coordinated and evidence-based/best practice mental health treatment and crisis intervention to resident of McHenry County, based on system of care principles and through an array of services designed to achieve effective outcomes supporting a recovery based model.
Psychiatric Capacity to provide psychiatric intervention to children/adolescents/adults by the way of psychiatric diagnostic, medication monitoring, medication management, and medication education and ensuring medication availability for medically indigent.
Recovery Home provides stable housing for those in recovery from substance dependence who need further services to enhance their recovery process.
Student Assistance Program (SAP) In partnership with the school system the Student Assistance Program will provide an initial screening for both mental health and substance use issues.  Once the screening is complete the student will be referred to the appropriate level of care and staff will work with the families to access those services.
Project Success provides comprehensive assessment, linkage and referral to community services as a prevention strategy for youth and their families across McHenry County.
Wraparound is designed to wrap community services around children with serious emotional/behavioral challenges and their families and to help the youth build on strengths to develop new skills and healthy resiliency.
Child and Adolescent Coordinator & Patient Account Representative provide support services for clinical staff.
For additional information or assistance contact Rosecrance at (815) 363-6132 or visit their website at www.rosecrance.org   

Articles of Interest

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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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