620 Dakota St. Crystal Lake, IL 60012 | Phone: 815-455-2828

Fax: 815-455-2925 | Email: informationrequest@mc708.org
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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.

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May is Mental Health Month!  In observance, the McHenry County Mental Health Board invites all citizens to an extended public comment period at the beginning of their May 28th Regular Board Meeting. The meeting starts at 6:00 p.m. and is held at the Mental Health Board, 620 Dakota Street (back 2-story entrance), Crystal lake, IL. 

The Mental Health Board encourages consumers to attend and address the Board of Directors in relation to areas of mental health, substance use, and intellectual and developmental disability services. Achievements, service needs and gaps in service are among issues that the Mental Health Board would like to receive feedback on.  Letters from consumers are also appreciated and may be mailed to the address above. 

“In recovery, there is hope. And hope is a wonderful thing.”
                                                                            Dean Dauphinais




Narrative Therapy II - Advanced Clinical Application 
This is a highly interactive session where participants will not only learn about the components of narrative therapy, but will also apply the concepts to a challenging client they may be treating in practice. This free training is Friday, June 28, 2019 from 9:00 to 3:00 pm at the Mental Health Board. 


Understanding Trauma & Implementing Trauma-Informed Approaches - Part 1
This training will cover "Understanding the Impact of Trauma in Our Lives, Neurobiological Effects of Trauma & Trauma Informed Organizations: Creating Positive Cultures of Care". This free training is Friday, June 7, 2019 from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm at the Mental Health Board. 


Essentials of Public Benefits and Influence of Culture on Service Delivery Training
Morning session will provide an overview of commonly accessed programs such as SNAP, Cash assistance and Medicaid. Afternoon session will promote understanding of the influence of culture on participant's work. This Free training is Friday,
May 17, 2019 from 9:00 am to 4:15 pm at the Mental Health Board.


Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Suicide Prevention Training
May & June 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.


The Harvard Community Senior Center serves seniors in and around Harvard by providing life-enriching services, programs, and social activities. Mental Health Board funding supports:

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.  Mental Health Board funding supports:

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.

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

Horizons Behavioral Health, LLC is an outpatient behavioral health facility, serving McHenry County residents of all ages with a diagnosis of mental illness. Services include psychiatric diagnostic evaluations along with medication management and therapeutic injections, psychotherapy, family therapy, group therapy, and psychological testing.

Psychiatric Residency Program provides psychiatric services to patients in McHenry County by psychiatric residents.

Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Program in collaboration with Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health provides adolescents ages 12-18 with 6-hours of daily programming including Group Therapy-Skills Based, Expressive Therapy, School, Spirituality and Family Therapy.

For additional information or assistance contact Horizons Behavioral Health at (815) 455-7100 or visit their website at www.horizonsbh.com  


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.

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.”...

April is Alcohol Awareness Month - CBHA.net, April 8, 2019 - One in every 12 adults, or 17.6 million people, suffer from alcohol use disorder or alcohol dependence.  Within these numbers is the alarming increase of problem drinking among women over the last 10 years. These increases have gone mainly unnoticed because of the focus on the current opioid crisis in the U.S. However, we must not lose sight of this growing public health problem. April being Alcohol Awareness Month allows us the opportunity keep this issue front and center. ...

FDA Approves Esketamine Nasal Spray For Hard-To-Treat Depression  - NPR, March 5, 2019 - The Food and Drug Administration approved the first drug that can relieve depression in hours instead of weeks. Esketamine, a chemical cousin of the anesthetic and party drug ketamine, represents the first truly new kind of depression drug since Prozac hit the market in 1988. The FDA's decision came Tuesday, less than a month after a panel of experts advising the agency voted overwhelmingly in favor of approval. ...

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