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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.


McHenry County Mental Health Board Network Training - Eating Disorders & Self Injury: Increasing Competence, Confidence and Compassion as treatment providers  
This training will be presented by Dr. Michelle A. Bidwell and will address the clinical areas of eating disorders and self-injury. Current diagnostic and assessment needs related to these issues will be reviewed as well as how to determine when a referral to a higher level of care is warranted.  The presentation will be held at the Mental Health Board on Friday, February 2, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. For more information click here.  This training is FULL.



McHenry County Mental Health Board will accept sealed bids for RFP # 01-18 Provide and Maintain Printer/Copier Services for the McHenry County Mental Health due January 23, 2018, at 3:00 PM (CDT), in the office of Sonya Jimenez, Database Administrator, McHenry County Mental Health Board, 620 Dakota Street, Crystal Lake, IL 60012. Prospective bidders may obtain bidding documentation on the McHenry County Mental Health Board's Request for Proposal webpage at Mental Health Board RFPs. All contracts for the Construction of Public Works are subject to Illinois Prevailing Wage Act (820 ILCS 130/1-12).


2018 PIN ForumSAVE THE DATE for the 2018 People in Need Forum! 
Saturday, January 27, 2018 | 8 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
For more information click here
Resources to help your neighbor!


McHenry County Adolescent Psychiatric Service Report,  June 30, 2017 - The purpose of this assessment 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


 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.

22nd Judicial - CourthouseThe Twenty Second Judicial Circuit Specialty Court programs assist adults with mental illness, substance use disorder and co-occurring disorders who are involved in the revolving door of the criminal justice system. The defendants are arrested and adjudicated in part or in whole due to a causal connection to their identified behavioral health disorder. Specialty Courts are foremost designed around changes to the lives of defendants through treatment and court intervention; however the programs' success translates into community safety by reducing recidivism and victimization as well as reducing tax payer dollars that are spent on continuous arrests, adjudication and incarceration. MHB funding supports:

Specialty Courts Programs services are provided with an interdisciplinary team approach including circuit judge, prosecutor, defense attorney, law enforcement officer, probation officers and treatment professionals. Services include comprehensive behavioral health and physical health assessments, service plan development, engagement and support, consultation and compliance monitoring.

For additional information or assistance contact the 22nd Judicial Circuit Special Courts Programs at (815) 334-4913 or visit their website at https://www.co.mchenry.il.us/county-government/departments-a-i/22nd-judicial-circuit/office-of-special-projects


Amita-Health logoAMITA Health Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health is one of the nation’s largest behavioral health providers, nationally recognized for its breadth of programs and highly sub-specialized staff expertise.  MHB funding supports:

Youth Partial Hospitalization Program, available in Spring 2018, is in partnership with Horizons Behavioral Health. The program will be serving adolescents between the ages of 12-18 with 6-hours of daily programming including Group Therapy-Skills Based, Expressive Therapy, School, Spirituality and Family Therapy. The Program will be located at Horizons Behavioral Health in Crystal Lake.

For additional information or assistance contact Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health at (855) 692-6482 or visit their website at https://www.amitahealth.org


AID LogoThe Association for Individual Development (AID) provides services to individuals who have developmental, physical and/or mental disabilities, those who have suffered a trauma, or those at risk. MHB funding supports:

Psychiatric and Tele-Health Services has expanded in McHenry County to include psychiatric nursing (two days a week to integrate primary and behavioral healthcare), transcription/scheduling (5 days a week to document nursing visits, coordinate client appointments and serve as a liaison for tele-health/psychiatry), on‐site and remote tele‐psychiatry (two days a week), and psychotropic medication services to McHenry County residents with mental/behavioral health challenges.

Behavioral Health Supported Living Services program offers intense, customized coordination services focused on homeless prevention, treatment, support and recovery; providing integrated primary and behavioral healthcare, psychiatric services, and permanent supportive housing services to at-risk McHenry residents with mental health and behavioral health challenges.

Law Enforcement Coordinator will provide care coordination services to McHenry County residents who are law enforcement identified individuals who are believed to be at risk for future police intervention and/or in need of behavioral health intervention.

Behavioral Health Bilingual and Outpatient Services case managers and therapists provide services designed to promote recovery and prevent psychiatric hospitalization, institutionalization, incarceration and homelessness for individuals with serious mental illness in McHenry County. AID will continue to enhance and expand BHOP services in McHenry by further developing bilingual therapy and community support services for the purpose of reaching underserved Spanish‐only speaking individuals living in McHenry County.

For more information or assistance contact AID at (815) 759-7077 or visit their website at www.aidcares.org  

Articles of Interest

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'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.” ...

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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