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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.


MMHAM 2016May is Mental Health Awareness Month, which has been observed in the United States since 1949. The purpose of the month is to raise awareness and reduce the stigma of mental illness. Did you know that about half of Americans will meet the criteria for a diagnosable mental health disorder sometime in their life, with first onset usually in childhood or adolescence? Intervening effectively during early stages of mental illness can save lives and change the trajectories for people of all ages experiencing mental illnesses. This Mental Health Awareness Month, the McHenry County Mental Health Board and our behavioral health community are encouraging everyone to learn the signs, ask for help if needed, address symptoms early, and plan an appropriate course of action on a path toward wellness. Let this Mental Health Awareness Month be the catalyst for increasing your awareness.  Make a Difference and Get Involved.


The McHenry County Mental Health Board, 620 Dakota St., Crystal Lake, IL is pleased to announce the publication of its 2017 Annual Report. Copies of the annual report are available online at www.mc708.org or by hard copy at the address provided. If you would like additional information or have questions about the McHenry County Mental Health Board please call 815-455-2828.


Advanced Supervision Issues: Psychological Stress, Resistance and Impairment Training
This workshop deals with more advanced issues that arise in the supervisory relationship. Opportunities to apply concepts learned will be experienced through viewing videotapes of counseling and supervision sessions. This free 5.5 hour training is offered on Friday, May 18, 2018 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Mental Health Board on 620 Dakota Street in Crystal Lake. For additional information and to register CLICK HERE.


 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.



Greater Elgin Family Care Center – McHenry Community Health Center is a private, non-profit, Joint Commission accredited, Primary Care Medical Home-certified Federally Qualified Health Center.

Behavioral Health Integration uses screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment. The program model is team-based with full integration between primary and behavioral health care including shared patient scheduling, shared treatment planning, shared service provision and shared record keeping.

Psychiatry services for patients age 15 years and older include psychiatric evaluations, medication education and medication monitoring.

For additional information or assistance contact Greater Elgin Family Care Center – McHenry Community Health Center at (815) 363-9900 or visit their website at www.gefcc.org


The Harvard Community Senior Center serves seniors in and around Harvard by providing life-enriching services, programs, and social activities.

PEARLS Program – Depression in the Elderly includes active screening for depression, using a trained depression care manager, a team approach, stepped care, and built-in follow-up.  A depression care manager (Pearls Counselor) delivers brief, evidence-based interventions over 19 weeks - in the senior's home or other comfort setting - and provides education and self-management support. The program is participant-driven and uses proactive outcome measurement & tracking.

 For additional information or assistance contact the Harvard Community Senior Center at (815) 943-2740 or visit their website at http://harvardseniorcenter.org/  

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Home of the Sparrow provides homeless women and children who have a mental health diagnosis as listed in the DSM-V or ICD-10, who are at risk of developing such a diagnosis, or who are displaying situational mental health symptoms pursuant to the trauma of homelessness through mental health counseling, case management, and mental health crisis intervention. 

Counseling & Case Management provides the client with professional counseling to evaluate the clients’ mental health and functioning capabilities and facilitation of connections with community resources and specialized services.

Outreach and Prevention through counseling, case management, and advocacy Outreach workers assist clients by establishing linkages with appropriate community resources for their physical and mental health needs.

Electronic Record Collaborative Home of the Sparrow is the lead agency of this collaborative system that will provide NAMI McHenry County, TLS Veterans, New Directions Addiction Recovery Services and Garden Quarter Neighborhood Resource Center with an electronic record system that will support their growth through data analysis and reporting. (MHB funding effective May 1, 2017)

For additional information or assistance contact Home of the Sparrow at (815) 271-5444 or visit their website at www.HOSparrow.org  


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.

More girls are attempting suicide. It's not clear why.  NBC News, May 16, 2018 - Rates go up during the school year, plummet during summer. Experts wonder about social media's role. Emet Oden tried reaching out in the only way he knew how. “I had been struggling with my mental health and, specifically, suicidal thoughts since the eighth grade,” said Oden, who is now 18. “I didn’t want to talk to my friends about it, because they never knew how to handle it. I just didn’t want to bother them.” He dropped heavy hints around some teachers he trusted, but they didn’t pick up on the cues. “I was kind of hunched. Walking around, I just looked sad,” said Oden, who’s about to graduate from his high school in Nashville. When a teacher asked him how he was doing, he answered that he was fine, while wishing that someone would press a little deeper. But no one did...

Little 'Quit-Smoking' Help at U.S. Mental Health Centers U.S. News, May 10, 2018 - Many mental health and addiction treatment centers in the United States don't help patients quit smoking, a new government study finds. People with mental illness and/or drug or alcohol addiction are far more likely than others to smoke cigarettes. And they are more likely to die from a smoking-related illness than from a behavioral health condition, according to the report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). But stop-smoking assistance is limited at behavioral health centers, said Corinne Graffunder, director of CDC's Office on Smoking and Health. "Many people with mental health and substance abuse disorders want to stop smoking and are able to quit, and can do it with help," Graffunder said in a CDC news release. "Too many smokers lack access to proven interventions that could ultimately help them quit smoking," she said. ...

Why Mental Health Treatment is Not an Easy Solution to Violence The Conversation.com, March 12, 2018 -  In the wake of mass shootings and other tragedies, a frequent refrain is: Why don’t we get those dangerous people off the streets? And, just as frequently, people suggest that mental health treatment is the answer. Yet, for two main reasons, mental health treatment is not an easy solution to violence. The process of treating mental illness is difficult and complicated. More importantly, the vast majority of people with mental illnesses are not violent and the vast majority of lethal acts of violence are not perpetrated by people with mental illnesses. I am a forensic psychologist and professor of psychology. I have studied mental illness, violence and mental health treatment at length. Here are some reasons that mental health treatment is not going to “cure” violence...

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