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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.
Evaluating Risk to Self and Others: Tools for Mental Health Providers
Training: Friday, December 6, 2019 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at the McHenry County Mental Health Board, 620 Dakota Street in Crystal Lake presented by Jason Washburn, PhD, ABPP. Violence to self and others is increasingly a concern for mental health professionals. In 2017, over 47,000 people in the United States died by suicide, and suicide is the second leading cause of death for adolescents and emerging adults. Similarly, over 17,000 people in the United States dies from homicide in 2017, with homicide being the third leading cause of death for adolescents and emerging adults. This training will review the role of mental health professionals in understanding, identifying, and intervening in patients at risk for preventable death by homicide or suicide.
Improving Our Spiritual Wellbeing
Training: Friday, November 22, 2019 from 10:00 am to 2:30 pm at the McHenry County Mental Health Board, 620 Dakota Street in Crystal Lake presented by Nanette Larson, BS, CRSS. In this workshop, participants will learn practical approaches to improve internal spiritual wellbeing, including steps to take to release forgiveness.
Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Suicide Prevention Training
November Trainings - In as little as 1 1/2 hours, individuals can learn to recognize the warning signs of suicide and how to apply three simple steps that may save a life. This FREE training is at the Mental Health Board, 620 Dakota Street in Crystal Lake.
Featured Funded Agencies
For County Fiscal Year 2019, $10,135,345.00 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 FY19 click here and come back monthly to view the Featured Funded Agencies.
Transitional Living Services, Inc. dba TLS Veterans
5330 W. Elm Street, McHenry, IL 60050; (815) 679-6667; http://www.tlsveterans.org/
TLS 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.
- Recovery Support and Treatment, New Horizons ensure that clinical services in the form of recovery support are provided to the formerly homeless veterans going through the transitional living program, New Horizons. These services are provided while the veterans reside in the program as well as after discharge if they choose the ongoing support.
- Recovery Support and Treatment, Peer Support Group is comprised of three veterans who are certified as peer support specialists, who manage the drop-in resource center at the agency. They receive phone calls and drop-in visits from veterans and/or veteran family members who need mental health support for any reason.
Turning Point, Inc.
P.O. Box 723, Woodstock, IL 60098; (815) 338-8081; http://www.turnpt.org/
Turning Point is a domestic violence agency with a mission to confront violence against women and children in McHenry County, Illinois. Turning Point offers services to women, men and children.
- C/V Advocate services include: crisis intervention and stabilization, secure emergency shelter, legal and non-legal advocacy, individual and group counseling, support groups and referral services.
- CVA Outreach Events prevention and education advocate visits county schools and summer camp programs and provides age-appropriate presentations on the effects of bullying and violence. At the high school level, teen dating violence is addressed.
- Trauma Based Services address adult and child mental health issues resulting from past domestic violence trauma ensuring client safety prior to implementing service delivery models and applying trauma-based strategies throughout every step of the process.
- Partner Abuse Intervention Program (PAIP) provides education to adults, mostly men, who are abusive or are at risk of abusing their partners or family members. The program is an extension of victims’ services in that it functions as a way to stop or limit the violence other women and children might experience with the client in the future.
Youth and Family Center of McHenry County
3430 W. Elm Street, McHenry, IL 60050; (815) 322-2357; http://yfc-mc.org/
The Youth and Family Center of McHenry County exist to ensure empowerment and growth for youth and families by partnering with our community to provide direct services and linkage to individuals in McHenry County.
- Youth Prevention Program enables, empowers, and encourages youth to achieve positive growth and development, improve expectations and capacities for future success, and avoid and/or reduce risk-taking behavior. The program offers adult-supervised, preventative programming after school when youth are highly likely to engage in risk-taking behaviors and/or experience isolation.
- Adult Prevention Program empowers adults with vital skills and knowledge to increase their level of functioning and to improve their quality of life.The services provided reinforce positive mental health choices, promote healthy lifestyles, and improve clients' capacity to access essential services
- Bilingual Service Navigation Program provides basic mental health screening and one-on-one navigation services to individuals and families to help discern their needs and provide linkage support, including linguistic and cultural interpretation of documents and services. The types of services that clients request assistance connecting to are basic need, interpretation, medical and mental health services, child care, employment, education, legal and immigration issues, and parenting resources.
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Combating opioid crisis with outreach - Northwest Herald, June 24, 2019 - From the sidewalk in the Woodstock Square, Warp Corps’ storefront doesn’t let on to all that’s inside. The “coffee” sign in the front window and skateboard decks just past the entrance are only a glimpse at the ways two McHenry County men have chosen to combat the area’s opioid crisis with action sports, art, music and private label gourmet coffee. Woodstock resident Rob Mutert and McHenry man Mike Schoeler have created a space for artists, musicians, skateboarders and coffee aficionados alike to hang out and learn more about substance abuse and suicide prevention...
McHenry County to give teachers youth mental health training - WGNTV.COM, June 2, 2019 - ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. — McHenry County will train educators on how to identify and assist youths experiencing mental health issues.The county mental health board is collaborating with 17 school districts in August to bring Youth Mental Health First Aid training to instructors and teach them crisis intervention, the (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald reported. ...
McHenry County Mental Health Board highlights resources in wake of AJ Freund's death - Northwest Herald, May 10, 2019
The streets of McHenry County are awash with reminders of two major events that have sent feelings of confusion, anger and sadness throughout the community. Light poles throughout the area still were adorned with black and blue ribbons in memory of fallen McHenry County Sheriff’s Deputy Jacob Keltner when new, lighter blue ribbons were hung in honor of 5-year-old AJ Freund. As the community reels from the previous two months’ events, the McHenry County Mental Health Board is encouraging residents to use the resources at their disposal and constructively channel what executive director Scott Block called “secondary trauma.”...