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.


 National Depression Screening Day
Thursday, October 5, 2017
FREE Mental Health Screenings to take place locally 


Please join us this National Depression Screening Day, Thursday, October 5 and help us to spread the word to increase awareness of mental health. National Depression Screening Day takes place annually nationwide. This year the focus is on suicide awareness and timely intervention and learning the part that we all can play in recognizing warning signs and take the correct action steps to help a friend or loved one in need. 
In recognition of National Depression Screening Day, the Association for Individual Development, Centegra Hospital, Community Health Partnership, Greater Elgin Family Care Center, and Mathers Clinic are working together to provide the public with a free mental health screen at the following locations:  

Thursday, Oct 5, from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
     -  Centegra Hospital
               3701 Doty Road, Woodstock 
     -  Greater Elgin Family Care Center
               McHenry Community Health Center, 3901 Mercy Drive, McHenry
     -  Harvard Area Community Health Center 
62 N. Ayer St, Harvard  (bi-lingual support provided)

Thursday, Oct 5, from 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
     -  The McHenry County Mental Health Board 
               620 Dakota Street, Crystal Lake, Community Room - A

The screenings will take less than 5 minutes to complete and all those being screened will meet with qualified mental health professionals to review screening outcomes, local treatment options, as well as access to mental health education. 
For more information or to locate a mental health screening site, contact the McHenry County Mental Health Board at 815-455-2828.  


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.

Transitional Living Services, Inc. dba TLS Veterans

TLS logo

Transitional Living Services works to guide homeless veterans back into the community as productive members; engages military families as they face emotional challenges of deployment and reintegration; and challenges residents in our community to support veterans, the troops and military families. Mental Health Board funding supports:

Mental Health /Substance Use Disorder Support for Veteran Reintegration includes a full mental health assessment, case management, substance use disorder treatment/recovery support, therapy/counseling as well as rehabilitative services to support the veteran in learning self-management of symptoms.
Drop-In Resource Center provides resources for veterans, including peer support, a food pantry to assist with nutritional needs and hygiene products.
Peer Supports assess the immediacy of the veteran’s needs and the best avenue for addressing these needs which may include food, peer support, and household items as well as referrals for housing, employment, counseling, substance abuse treatment or transitional living needs.
Veterans with PTSD Transformation Group Therapy Program focuses on eight topics related to managing the symptoms of PTSD and building a sense of community and hope instead of isolation and despair, as well as helping veterans manage their symptoms while in the community, decreasing or eliminating the need for hospitalization.
For additional information or assistance contact TLS at (815) 679-6667 or visit their website at www.tlsveterans.org

Turning Point, Inc.

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Turning Point is the only comprehensive domestic violence crisis intervention agency and a secure shelter in McHenry County, and the only McHenry County member agency of the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence.  Mental Health Board funding supports:

Court/Victims Advocacy Program assists victims of domestic violence by assessing for safety and helping with an initial basic safety plan, connection to ongoing services and appropriate community resources such as emergency shelter, counseling, and linkage to legal services.
Trauma Based Services emphasize child safety, client-driven counseling sessions, safety planning skills, encouragement, providing options, helping children respect the authority of the parent survivor, building on strengths of the child/parent survivor, cultural competency and respect, education regarding types of abuse, and holding perpetrators accountable for abuse.
Partner Abuse Intervention Program works to remove blame from the victim and places accountability on the abuser and it addresses how the whole community can work together to end domestic violence by providing offenders with the tools to change and by shifting societal beliefs.
CVA Outreach Events provide outreach and education onsite in schools, corporations and community organizations to inform participants about the risks and indicators of family or relationship violence among both youth and adults and to point to resources for help.
Courthouse Liaison provides additional support at the courthouse to individuals who presented there. Support includes educating the client of the court room processes, the manner in which an order is processed, and what to expect, as well as assistance with stalking orders if needed.
For additional information or assistance contact Turning Point at (815) 338-8081 or visit their website at www.mchenrycountyturningpoint.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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