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

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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 PADS
Emergency Church Shelter Locations
Open 7p-7a beginning October 1, 2019


Borderline Personality Disorder, Effective Treatments for Difficult Clients training presented by Debbie Smith, M. Ed., LCPC, is on Friday, March 13, 2020 from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm at the McHenry County Mental Health Board, 620 Dakota Street in Crystal Lake. This session will focus on working with those with Borderline Personality Disorder. The presenter will focus on best practices, tips and techniques for BPD, and helping participants feel like they are making a difference with those who struggle with this diagnosis.


Avoid the Turbulence: Soaring through Behavioral Health Risks and Confidentiality Hot Spots training presented by Purvi Shah Khare and Kelly Epperson is on Friday, February 28, 2020   9:00 am - 12:00 pm at the McHenry County Mental Health Board, 620 Dakota Street, Crystal Lake, IL. The presentation will discuss recent headlines in the behavioral health field, recent OIG and DOJ settlement reports, as well as current risks identified within the OIG Work Plan.  Using this information, steps for creating a risk assessment will be reviewed.  Lastly, a fact pattern scenario with best practices involving “hot spots” with 42 CFR Part 2 and HIPAA will be examined.


Harm Reduction Across the Continuum training is Friday, February 7, 2020 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the McHenry County Mental Health Board, 620 Dakota Street in Crystal Lake. Presenters are Chelsea Laliberte Barnes, MSSA, LSW and Laura Fry, Peer Recovery Support Specialist. This training will explore Harm Reduction strategies and psycho therapy approaches which emphasizes meeting people where they are at and that any positive change is change.


Somewhere Over the Rainbow: Counseling Transgender Individuals and Those Who Defy Gender Binary training is Wednesday, February 5, 2020 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at the McHenry County Mental Health Board, 620 Dakota Street in Crystal Lake. Presenters are Carol Fetzner, MS, LCPC, NCC, Michelle M. Fisher, DSW, LCSW, & Brianna L. Sorensen, LCSW, CADC. This training will focus on how to treat gender dysphoria, differentiate gender issues from other mental health concerns, & learn counseling techniques for working with the transgender population.


De-escalation Techniques for Administrative & Front Office Staff training is Thursday, January 23, 2020 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at the McHenry County Mental Health Board, 620 Dakota Street in Crystal Lake. Presenters are Jessica Norman – Rosecrance, & Susan Perkins – Options and Advocacy. This training will provide administrative and front office staff proactive interventions to successfully support individuals with IDD, MI & SA who are accessing services.


Due to a loss of State funding, the Epilepsy Foundation of North Central Illinois (EFNCIL) will be closing all offices, including the McHenry County office, as of November 30, 2019. Medical records will be retained by Dr. Marvin Rossi of Rush University Medical Center who provided clinical services and medical direction for the Foundation and its patients. To obtain medical records, please call Rush at 312-942-5939 or visit its offices at 1725 W. Harrison, Suite 885, Chicago, IL 60612.

In response to the EFNCIL closure, the McHenry County Mental Health Board has engaged in extensive development and diligence activities to foster and maintain local access to epilepsy/brain injury medical services and behavioral health services for insured and uninsured McHenry County families.

The following service providers are available for ongoing care management:

  • Rush University Medical Center (Medical): 312-942-5936
  • Northwestern Medicine Neuro-Rehabilitation (Medical): 815-455-1800
  • Independence Health & Therapy (Behavioral Health): 815-338-1707
  • Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago (Case Management, Education, and Advocacy): 312-939-8622

Click here to read the November 2019 letter from EFNCIL: Epilepsy Foundation North/Central Illinois


Featured Funded Agencies 

For County Fiscal Year 2020, $ 9,538,500.00 in local community mental health funds are allocated directly to 31 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 FY20 click here and come back monthly to view the Featured Funded Agencies.

 Aunt Marthas

Aunt Martha’s Health and Wellness, Inc. - 3703 Doty Rd, Medical Office Bldg. 1, Ste.1, Woodstock, IL 60098; (708) 747-7100; https://www.auntmarthas.org 

Aunt Martha’s is one of the state’s largest Federally Qualified Health Centers. Behavioral health services include adult, child, and adolescent psychiatry and therapy, individual counseling, and comprehensive diagnostic evaluation and treatment.

  • Psychiatric Services Aunt Martha’s has expanded its model of integrated care by bringing psychiatric care and behavioral health (BH) services into the primary care clinic setting by offering routine mental health screening and access to treatment to: promote early detection and improved management of treatment; reduce the stigma of treating mental health disorders and offer convenience to patients; promote adherence and strengthen monitoring of the treatment plan; and, build on the existing, ongoing PCP and patient relationship.


Child Advocacy Center of McHenry County, Inc. - 1780 S. Eastwood Dr., Woodstock, IL 60098; (815) 334-9597; https://mchenrycac.org/

The mission of the Child Advocacy Center of McHenry County is to reduce trauma to child victims of abuse through coordinating a timely, comprehensive, and multidisciplinary response in reported cases of child sexual abuse and severe physical abuse.

The Child Advocacy Center of McHenry County serves all children under the age of 18 in McHenry County where there is a suspicion of child sexual abuse, severe physical abuse, and/or a child witness to a violent crime.

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Clearbrook - 6500 Northwest Highway (16 E. CL Plaza), Crystal Lake, IL 60014; (815)893-0012; http://www.clearbrook.org/

Clearbrook provides services, programs and support for children and adults with autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy and other intellectual/developmental disabilities as well as their families.

  • CHOICE Program is innovative in offering participants "choices" in the areas of employment, volunteering, leisure activities and socializing in settings that utilize natural supports in the community and through community partnerships.Families/participants also have a "choice" to participate in the program on a full or part time basis.The CHOICE program model includes a specifically developed personal exploration tool (PEP).As each participant enters the program they "discover" their interests and document them via the PEP.This is the foundation for the program's person centered model of service design and delivery.
  • CILA and DD/MI Clinic Start-up
  • Home-Based Services:We offer a variety of services to eligible individuals in McHenry County. Support services include, but are not limited to, educational, transitional, in home staff, clinical and supportive housing.
  • Respite:Once a month for three hours, families are able to utilize a regularly scheduled break with their child with developmental delays (birth to age 5). Kids will have the opportunity to play, socialize, and create crafts in a supervised setting. Siblings are also invited to stay and play.
  • Community Integrated Living Arrangements (CILA):We own two, soon to be three, CILAs in Mchenry County for men and women. For our clients who live in a CILA, we strive to offer opportunities for them to be as independent as possible in their home and community. The objective for an individual who resides in a CILA is on self-advocacy. It is imperative that Clearbrook provides an environment that allows them to live, work and socialize in a safe and supportive environment.
  • Naturally Gifted is designed to offer vocational enrichment and hands-on skills training for our individuals. Participants follow a twelve-week curriculum that integrates classroom learning, hands-on skill development, and community job shadowing. The goal of the curriculum is to help clients be successful in work settings and strengthen employment-related skills. Clients then complete the program by doing a two-week internship at Naturally Gifted where they get to make products, sort and stock inventory, gain customer service experience, and more. All products are natural, organic, and made with therapeutic-grade essential oils.

Articles of Interest

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of any idea, author, article, website or organization.

Kenneally: OD deaths drop in McHenry County: Host of factors create reduction - Northwest Herald, January 17, 2020 - Through the extraordinary and collaborative work of law enforcement, treatment providers, the McHenry County Substance Abuse Coalition, the Mental Health Board and Northwestern Medicine, the number of overdose-related deaths have been reduced precipitously to levels not seen since before the onset of the opioid epidemic. ...

McHenry-area educators begin mental health first aid trainingNorthwest Herald, December 9, 2019 - McHenry-area educators are joining an international movement to promote quick action to youth mental health issues by embarking on Youth Mental Health First Aid training.The eight-hour training sessions are meant to give educators the tools to quickly recognize mental health distress and find appropriate help. It follows the Youth Mental Health First Aid model developed in Australia that has spread to other countries, including the U.S. ….

McHenry County Mental Health Board announces overdose death reductionNorthwest Herald, December 9, 2019 - The McHenry County Mental Health Board on Wednesday said there has been a significant reduction in the number of overdose deaths in the county for the second year in a row…

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