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.


2016 McHensurvey poster a1ry County Healthy Community Survey
Make your voice heard in the 2016 McHenry County Healthy Community Study!  This online survey asks for opinions about County health issues and service availability/accessibility. Updated every 3 to 5 years, the survey is open now through the 1st week in August.   The anonymous survey is found online at the Health Department website, www.mcdh.info, as well as websites for The Healthy Community Partnership member organizations.  Paper copies are available from partner agencies and will be distributed at upcoming events and festivals.  The survey is offered in English and Spanish. For more information about the survey click here.  Click the link above to complete the survey.



McHenry County Mental Health Board requests proposals from eligible organizations and units of local government to fund programs that provide prevention, early intervention, coordination, treatment, or recovery support services for McHenry County residents of all ages who have or are at risk of mental illness, substance abuse, developmental disability, autism, or traumatic brain injury.

On Monday, June 6, 2016 at 9:00 am the Mental Health Board will host a meeting to review the FY 17 Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) and FY 17 Funding Application.

Application Period: June 6, 2016 at 12:00 pm – July 29, 2016 at 3:00 pm.
Applications are available on McHenry County Mental Health Board’s website at www.mc708.org.
For more information contact: Scott Block, Executive Director at sblock@mc708.org or 815-455-2828.


Mathers Clinic will soon be opening a new Methadone/Suboxone Clinic in Fox Lake.  The Grand Avenue location will bring treatment services very close to our McHenry County residents.  They currently offer psychiatric services at two McHenry County locations, Woodstock and Crystal Lake.  At their Woodstock office Dr. Vemuri is available 2 days a week, Dr. Montes and Robin Mathew, NP 1 day a week and providing Suboxone treatment 1 day a week is family physician, Dr. Popli.  At their Crystal Lake office Dr. Vemuri is available 2 days a week, Dr. Parks and Robin Mathew, NP 3 days a week, Dr. Geary 1 day a week and Rhonda Fried, NP sees clients 22 hours of the week. For more information you can contact Mathers Clinic at 815-444-9999 or www.themathersclinic.com.


McHenry Community Health Center (A program of Greater Elgin Family Care Center) will begin providing psychiatry at their McHenry location every Friday from 9:00 to 4:00 pm for individuals 15 years and older starting July 8, 2016. Services will include Psychiatric evaluations, medication education and medication monitoring. To make an appointment today call 815-363-9900. Click here for additional information. 


AID (Association for Individual Development) has launched behavioral healthcare services for the greater McHenry county area as of May 12, 2016. The dedicated and talented AID-McHenry clinicians are connecting with former Pioneer Center clients to begin AID’s intake and admission process. Intake and Admission appointments are the first step in getting reconnected to services and are being scheduled over the next several weeks.  Anyone interested in connecting with AID-McHenry to received services can call our intake line at 815-759-7084.  Questions about services offered, insurance plans accepted, service location and other general questions can be directed to our main line at 815-759-7077.  Click here to read the full press release.


 Featured Funded Agencies

Horizons Behavioral Health, LLC
Horizons is an outpatient behavioral health facility that serves McHenry County residents of all ages with a diagnosis of mental illness. They provide psychiatric diagnostic evaluations along with medication management and therapeutic injections, psychotherapy, family therapy, group therapy and psychological testing.  Mental Health Board funding supports:

           - Outpatient Psychiatry Services for those unfunded.
           - Psychiatric Residency Program

For additional information or assistance contact Horizons Behavioral Health at (815) 455-7100 or visit their website at www.horizonsbh.com


Mathers Clinic
Mathers Clinics sole priority is towards the emotional well-being of the individual adults, children, adolescents, couples and families they counsel.  They provide a wide range of mental health based services. These include self-esteem counseling, stress and anger management, grief and bereavement and other specialized therapeutic treatments.  Mental Health Board funding supports:

          - Psychiatric Drop-in Center
          - Psychologist Prescribing Authority
          - CIS Medicaid Software

For additional information or assistance contact Mathers Clinic at (815) 444-9999 or visit their website at www.themathersclinic.com


Health Dept logoThe McHenry County Department of Health is comprised of divisions that assist the residents of McHenry County in many diverse ways.  The Nursing Division provides services to the community through many different types of programs, screenings, clinics, home visits and education. Mental Health Board funding supports:

                 - Early Identification and Intervention

For additional information or assistance contact the McHenry County Department of Health at (815) 334-4510 or click here to visit their website. 


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.

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...

Peterson: Recovery from mental illness is worth the struggle Northwest Herald, May 1, 2016 - I keep waiting for the other shoe to drop. Because I feel good. I feel well. I am living life in recovery. Is recovery possible? I think so. I say, “ I think so,” when I should say, “I know so.”
May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and I have mental illnesses, as do one out of five Americans at any given time. Mental illnesses are not uncommon. We all know someone with mental illnesses – depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, borderline personality disorder, schizophrenia. The list goes on...

For Police, a Playbook for Conflicts Involving Mental Illness New York Times, April 25, 2016 - PORTLAND, Ore. — The 911 caller had reported a man with a samurai sword, lunging at people on the waterfront. It was evening, and when the police arrived, they saw the man pacing the beach and called to him. He responded by throwing a rock at the embankment where they stood. They shouted to him from a sheriff’s boat; he threw another rock...


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