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McHenry County Mental Health Board
620 Dakota St. Crystal Lake, IL 60012 | Phone: 815-455-2828
Fax: 815-455-2925 | Email: [email protected]


McHenry County Crisis Line 1-800-892-8900 - a first contact for immediate assistance in mental health emergencies.
United Way 211 Line
is available 24/7 to make referrals to health and human service agencies. Simply call: 211 
Download the McHELP App
- from Apple Store or Google Play for immediate crisis support, information via text or voice.

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"For the general public, the mental health effects of COVID-19 are as important to address as are the physical health effects. And for the one in five who already have mental health conditions – or the one in two who are at risk of developing them – we need to take personal, professional, and policy measures now to address them. ... " Source: Mental Health America
CLICK HERE for current information and resources from Mental Health America (www.mhanational.org/covid19). 


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Here are some ways to ease your coronavirus anxiety
Click the link above for a short video that provides tips to ease any anxiety that you may be feeling; you are not alone! Listen in and choose some of these actions in order to help yourself better care for your own emotional and mental health.

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United Way’s 211 information and referral service is preparing for increased call volume due to the pandemic.  If you are in need of services, dial 211 to be connected to someone who can help. In anticipation of increased call volume, you can also access resources by visiting the 211 website.

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Service Directory

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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.

Announcements

Community Partners Update: Network Trainings POSTPONED
In response to the latest guidance from the CDC regarding the COVID-19 crisis, the McHenry County Mental Health Board is postponing all network training for the next 8 weeks. Our mission to support those who provide services for prevention and treatment of mental illness, developmental disabilities and substance abuse is paramount. The MHB will continue to provide updates as we take precautionary measures to protect the health and safety of our health and human service sector employees.

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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.

 Community Health Partnership of IL

Harvard Area Community Health Center - 62 N. Ayer Street, Ste. A & B, Harvard, IL 60033; (815) 943-4339;  (Community Health Partnership of Illinois - 205 W.Randolph Street, Ste. 2222, Chicago, IL 60606); https://www.chpofil.org/harvard.html

Community Health Partnership of Illinois provides comprehensive, integrated primary health care services targeting underserved, predominantly Latino rural populations, including migrant and seasonal farmworkers and families throughout northern and central Illinois.

  • Breaking the Stigma: Mental Health for Our Community is an integrated, prevention-oriented behavioral health program targeting the Latino population in the Harvard Area Community Health Center service area and offers Spanish Outpatient Therapy, Spanish specialized psychiatry services via Telehealth and Community Mental Health Outreach and Education.

 

Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Northern Illinois, Inc. - 400 Russell Court, Ste. 1, Woodstock, IL 60098; (815) 338-5757; http://www.illinoiscccs.org/

CCCSNI serves anyone in need of financial, credit or housing assistance. Services include: credit and debt counseling and education, Debt Management Programs which pay off unsecured debt at reduced interest and fees; Credit Report analysis; Bankruptcy counseling and education; housing counseling services. 

  • Mental Wellness through Financial Counseling Services provides basic mental health screening, budget counseling, debt management programs to expunge unsecured debt, bankruptcy counseling and education and mortgage default and foreclosure prevention counseling.Clients are also counseled on the means to improve their credit. CCCSNI also provides pre-purchase and pre-rental counseling for homeless families.
  • Financial Literacy Workshops for McHenry County Partners in Mental Health is a project that provides on-site educational workshops to individuals in early recovery from SUD and/or in transitional living situations. The educational workshops are designed to teach individuals about budgeting, personal finance, credit management, consumer rights, and managing housing expenses.

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Family Health Partnership Clinic  - 401 E. Congress Pkwy., Crystal Lake, IL (779) 220-9300; http://hpclinic.org/

The Family Health Partnership Clinic provides health care to those in our community who do not have health insurance of any kind. The Clinic has an integrated mental health component and provides brief therapy for patients who are facing mental health issues as well as physical health problems.

  • Therapist the purpose of this project is to treat individuals in need of behavioral health services and service delivery with appropriate mental health assessments, treatment plans along with short term mental health treatment.
  • Patient Navigator Program the purpose of this program is to link individuals in need of behavioral health and other critically needed services with the provider organizations that can provide appropriate assessment and service delivery as indicated.

Articles of Interest

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Overdose deaths are dramatically down in one Chicago-area county - Northwest Herald, February 18, 2020 - As opioid-related deaths remain stubbornly high across the Chicago area, one corner of the region is bucking the trend. McHenry County has seen the deaths drop dramatically over the last two years, the only Chicago-area county to mark such a decline. Last year’s tally of 29 fatal opioid overdoses was less than half of what it was in 2017, and the lowest total since 2014. ...

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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