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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.


Navigating Medical Benefits Training
This program offered on Friday, April 6, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., will review core eligibility rules for medical benefits with a primary focus on Medicaid and Medicare. The session will discuss the Illinois Managed Care program – Health Choice Illinois and best practices for consumers. For additional information and to register CLICK HERE.


Effectively Living & Working Within A Diverse World Training 
Participants will gain a very practical understanding of how to work effectively with diverse populations to help them better manage, supervise, or volunteer within their organizations or communities. This 5.25 hour training is offered on Friday, March 16, 2018 from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm. Click here for additional information and to REGISTER.


Harm Reduction: An Introduction to the Model and Applications Training
This 3 hour training is offered on Friday, March 9, 2018 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Mental Health Board. Participants will be introduced to a basic definition of Harm Reduction, its origins & guiding principles. This will be followed by a discussion of how Harm Reduction can be applied to different kinds of change/treatment (i.e., substance use, mental health, diet/exercise, sex, etc.) and how Harm Reduction and other interventions that focus on eliminating behaviors can work together. Click here for additional information and to REGISTER.


 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.


Community Health Partnership of ILCommunity Health Partnership of Illinois provides comprehensive, integrated primary health care services targeting underserved, predominantly Latino rural populations, including migrant and seasonal farmworkers and families throughout northern and central Illinois.  MHB funding supports:

Breaking the Stigma: Mental Health for Our Community is an integrated, prevention-oriented behavioral health program targeting the Latino population in the Harvard Area Community Health Center service area. It will provide Spanish outreach therapy, community mental health outreach and education as well as care coordination and referrals for clients in need of medical, substance abuse and psychiatric services.

For additional information or assistance contact Community Health Partnership Illinois, Harvard Area Community Health Center at (815) 943-4339 or visit their website at www.chpofil.org 

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Consumer Credit Counseling serves anyone in need of financial, credit or housing assistance.  Services include: credit & debt counseling and education; debt management programs which pay off unsecured debt at reduced interest and fees; credit report analysis; bankruptcy counseling and education; and housing services.  MHB funding supports:

Financial Counseling & Debt Management provides basic budget counseling, debt management programs to expunge unsecured debt, bankruptcy counseling and education and mortgage default and foreclosure prevention counseling.  Clients are also counseled on the means to improve their credit. CCCS also provides pre-purchase and pre-rental counseling for homeless families.

For more information or assistance contact Consumer Credit Counseling Services of Northern Illinois at (815) 338-5757 or visit their website at www.illinoiscccs.org   

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The Epilepsy Foundation of North Central Illinois is a voluntary health agency dedicated to the welfare of people with epilepsy and their families. The organization works to ensure that people with seizures are able to participate in all life experiences; to improve how people with epilepsy are perceived, accepted and valued in society; and to promote research for a cure.  MHB funding supports:

Epilepsy Services provide a unique care delivery model which uses intensive case management, mobile health (telemedicine) as well as direct epileptologist visits to improve access to sub-specialty care for patients living in McHenry County with epilepsy and/or brain injury. 
Brain Injury Health Management services provide case management, employment services, educational supports, peer and family support groups, skills groups, psychiatric support services, brain injury clinic and Telemedicine services to children and adults who sustain an acquired brain injury. 
Telepsychiatry Program includes community-based family-centered population health management using local case managers, an on-site nurse and telemedicine by an epilepsy sub-specialist. Mental health services include therapeutic treatment of children and adults with chronic uncontrolled epilepsy, brain injury and associated mental health co-morbidities. Services are available at the patient’s home, school, emergency department, rehab facility or the Crystal Lake office.

For additional information or assistance contact the Epilepsy Foundation at (815) 893-0709 or visit their website at http://www.epilepsyheartland.org/McHenry


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...

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