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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.


McHenry County sees a 35% drop in Overdose Deaths!
January 2, 2019: The McHenry County Mental Health Board is pleased to announce a 35% reduction in overdose deaths when comparing CFY17 to CFY18. Overdose deaths recorded in McHenry County ballooned to 78 lives in CFY17 and dropped to 51 (confirmed) in CFY18.  Anne Majewski, McHenry County Coroner, attributes this to the hard work of all the dedicated professionals in McHenry County who have collaborated on emergency response, immediate and long-term treatment, and education of the community. Mental Health Board Executive Director, Scott Block, states “it goes without saying that a single death by overdose is too many as each person lost is a member of our community and furthermore, a member and loved one of someone’s family, but the recent reduction is encouraging.” Block believes the comprehensive set of strategies supported by Mental Health Board funds and carried out through several health and human service agencies, local units of government and municipal partners is to be credited for this reduction. ...


Mental Health Board Announces CFY19 Funding Allocations
The McHenry County Mental Health Board (MHB) is a special purpose unit of government regulated through the Community Mental Health Act. The Community Mental Health Act authorizes the levy of an annual tax and empowers the MHB to administer the levy through the direction of a nine-member board of community representatives appointed by the County Board. For County Fiscal Year 2019, the MCMHB has allocated $10,135,345.00 in local funds supporting MHB network services and activities including 30 agencies offering a continuum of 70+ services, programs and projects providing prevention, treatment, and recovery support for McHenry County residents. 


Sexuality and Autism Spectrum Disorder Training
Sexuality and Autism Spectrum Disorder Training presented by Dr. Rachel Loftin, PhD, is Thursday, January 24, 2018 from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm at the Mental Health Board, 620 Dakota Street in Crystal Lake. Attendees will learn some reasons why quality sexuality education is particularly important for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).FREE 1.5 CEU's (IAODAPCA included).


Narrative Therapy in Groups: A Toolkit for Developing Social Support Training
Narrative Therapy in Groups presented by Dr. Todd Tedrow, LCSW, CAPSW, LNHA is Friday, February 15, 2019 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Mental Health Board, 620 Dakota Street in Crystal Lake. 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. FREE 2.75 CEU's (IAODAPCA included). 


Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Suicide Prevention Training
January & February - 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.

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The Twenty Second Judicial Circuit Specialty Court programs assist adults with mental illness, substance use disorder and co-occurring disorders who are involved in the revolving door of the criminal justice system. The defendants are arrested and adjudicated in part or in whole due to a causal connection to their identified behavioral health disorder. Specialty Courts are foremost designed around changes to the lives of defendants through treatment and court intervention; however the programs' success translates into community safety by reducing recidivism and victimization as well as reducing tax payer dollars that are spent on continuous arrests, adjudication and incarceration. MHB funding supports:

Specialty Courts Programs (Mental Health & Drug Court)
services are provided with an interdisciplinary team approach including circuit judge, prosecutor, defense attorney, law enforcement officer, probation officers and treatment professionals. Services include comprehensive behavioral health and physical health assessments, service plan development, engagement and support, consultation and compliance monitoring.

For additional information or assistance contact the 22nd Judicial Circuit Special Courts Programs at (815) 334-4913 or visit their website at https://www.co.mchenry.il.us/county-government/departments-a-i/22nd-judicial-circuit/office-of-special-projects

Amita-Health logoAlexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital provides personalized, compassionate care for the entire spectrum of behavioral disorders, from depression and anxiety to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and substance abuse. They are committed to making excellent care available in our communities for a wide range of conditions and diverse groups of patients. 

Youth Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient Program provides psychiatry services for adolescents ages 12-18. Services include: Group therapy-skills based, Expressive Therapy, School, Spirituality, Family Therapy, Clinical outcomes collected, Remote telehealth assessments, and streamlined access to specialty services as needed.

For additional information or assistance contact Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health at (855) 383-2224 or visit their website at https://www.amitahealth.org

Articles of Interest

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The simple idea that could help end America’s opioid epidemic Vox.com, January 3, 2019 - If America approached addiction treatment like any other form of health care, it would go a long way to solving the opioid crisis. I spent a lot of 2018 reporting on complex systems and policies that could help end the opioid epidemic, which is now the US’s deadliest drug overdose crisis ever. But behind all the reporting that I did was a simple idea: America needs to see addiction as a medical condition, and approach addiction treatment like any other form of health care. This simple idea was at the core of every problem and solution I wrote about: Virginia reworking its Medicaid program to confront the opioid crisis, private insurers neglecting addiction treatment, prisons failing to provide opioid addiction medications, and special training programs helping doctors get involved in addiction care. It’s also at the core of some other stories I’m currently working on, including an upcoming piece on California’s efforts to offer addiction treatment in emergency rooms. ...

Coalitions in Action— McHenry County Substance Abuse Coalition Gives Youth Prevention Leaders a Voice - CADCA.org, December 6, 2018 - Tell me about your community and the communities that your coalition serves – its population and unique features. When was the coalition formed?  The McHenry County Substance Abuse Coalition was formed in 2000 when treatment providers in the area saw a rise in the number of heroin users accessing their services. The coalition’s goal is to promote resilience at the individual, family, and community levels through education of youth, parents, business and community leaders about the consequences of drug use. McHenry County is a collar county due west of Chicago, Illinois, and nestled south of the Wisconsin border that takes pride in being an ideal place to live, whether as individuals enjoying their retirement years or families raising the next generation of healthy and productive citizens. ...

Giving Patients a Voice in Their Mental Health Care Before They’re Too Ill to Have a Say The New York Times, December 3, 2018CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Steve Singer, who has bipolar and borderline personality disorders, knows when he’s on the verge of a mental health crisis. The female voice he hears incessantly in his head suddenly shuts up, and the hula hoop he gyrates while walking to the grocery store stops easing his anxieties. That’s when he gets to a hospital. Usually, talking briefly with a nurse or social worker calms him enough to return home. But this year a hospital placed him on a locked ward, took his phone, and had an armed guard watch him for 20 hours before a social worker spoke with him and released him. “I get the heebie-jeebies thinking about it,” said Mr. Singer, 60. “They didn’t help me, they hurt me.” Deeply upset, he turned to something he’d never known existed: He completed a psychiatric advance directive...

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