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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.


MHB Funding App Notice FY19  

McHenry County Autism Spectrum Disorder Needs Assessment
The McHenry County Mental Health Board (MHB) commissioned this study to assess the current state of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Services in McHenry County, thus providing a necessary framework for determining what services are most needed in the community.


Raising Awareness of Opioid Use Disorder in Older Adults  training presented by Dr. Mark Zissman, PsyD, LCP, CADC & Rachel Obafemi, LCPC, MISA, CADC is Friday, July 20, 2018 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. at the Mental Health Board. This training is full. For additional information CLICK HERE.


Suicide Prevention, Mental Health Wellness & Recovery Conference
Uniting Our Voices LOGO 6-17"Uniting Our Voices, Strength and Recovery" Join us on Friday, September 14, 2018 for the 2nd Annual Suicide Prevention & Recovery Conference. This event is a collaborative effort between the McHenry County Mental Health Board and the McHenry County Suicide Prevention Task Force which focuses on suicide prevention, mental health wellness and substance abuse. 5 Free CEU's & complimentary lunch provided. For additional information and to register CLICK HERE.


 Featured Funded Agencies

For County Fiscal Year 2018, $10,737,610.00 in local community mental health funds are allocated directly to 32 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 CFY18 click here and come back monthly to view the Featured Funded Agencies.



The essential purpose of the McHenry County Sheriff's Office is to provide service and protection to the citizens of McHenry County. Mental Health Board funding supports:

Social Services Case Manger acts as a liaison between the Sheriff’s Office and community, municipality, township and state social service agencies.  Provides referrals to social and mental health agencies, emergency shelter, etc. and provides support to staff in crisis situations.

For additional information or assistance contact the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office at (815) 338-2144 or visit their website at http://mchenrysheriff.org/


 NAMI logoNAMI – McHenry County is a non-profit, volunteer-based organization dedicated to improving the quality of lives for those whose lives are affected by mental illness. NAMI-McHenry County offers an array of free services including self-help groups, educational classes, workshops, trainings, community presentations and advocacy.  These free services draw on the lived experience of individuals who have experienced mental illness in their lives.  Mental Health Board funding supports:

Recovery Support Services provide evidence-based educational classes and training that informs and equips families, community members and professionals with the knowledge to understand the different brain and mood disorders, identify the signs and symptoms of a mental health condition, and how to provide healthy support and safe intervention.

For additional information or assistance contact NAMI – McHenry County at (815) 338-0851 or visit their website at www.namimchenrycounty.org  


New Directions Addiction Recovery Services is focused on providing a network of service that address substance abuse in the community. The organization’s focus is on three areas: advocacy, treatment, and continued support.  Mental Health Board funding supports:

Sober Living offers individuals a safe, structured environment to attain the necessary “life skills” to remain drug and alcohol free.

New Directions Sober Living New Location Clients would transition from substance abuse treatment into the sober living program.  A structured sober living environment can be an essential "next step" for individuals attempting to abstain from substance abuse.

For additional information or assistance contact the New Directions Addiction Recovery Services at (779) 220-0336 or visit their website at https://www.ndars.org/ 

Articles of Interest

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What the US can learn from other countries in dealing with pain and the opioid crisis The Conversation, June 21, 2018 - With all the recent news on opioid overuse in the U.S., it’s not surprising that Americans consume the vast majority of the global opioid supply. Daily opioid use in the U.S. is the highest in the world, with an estimated one daily dose prescribed for every 20 people. That rate is 50 percent higher than in Germany and 40 times higher than in Japan. As former U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy once said, the U.S. “arrived here on a path that was paved with good intentions,” but “the results have been devastating.” “We have nearly 250 million prescriptions for opioids written every year. That’s enough for every person in America to have a bottle of pills and then some,” he added. ...

Suicide Survivor Guilt The New Your Times, June 12, 2018 - All the messages urging us to be more vigilant about suicide carry a devastating flip side for family members of people who take their lives: the sense that they did not do enough. When I was growing up, my father thought about ways to kill himself as regularly as I outgrew my shoes. There were pills to my penny loafers, carbon monoxide to my jelly sandals, razors to my Doc Martens. I was 4, 10 and 28 when he made his most damaging attempts. We found him: on the side of the road, on the side of the bed, in my grandmother’s garage where he’d tried to make a tomb of the giant powder-blue Oldsmobile we called Orca. When he was not trying to kill himself, I thought of myself as a superhero. I remember thinking as a child: He is alive today, and today, and today. I have loved him enough to keep him alive. ...

She paid nothing for opioid painkillers. Her addiction treatment costs more than $200 a month. Vox, June 4, 2018 - Some health insurers’ policies are keeping addiction treatment out of the hands of patients — in the middle of an opioid epidemic. Mandy has now been in recovery from her opioid addiction for more than two months — and she’s ready to keep that going. But the 29-year-old in the Chicago area is now dealing with a big obstacle: her health insurer. ...

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