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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.


Evaluating Risk to Self and Others: Tools for Mental Health Providers
Training: Friday, December 6, 2019 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at the McHenry County Mental Health Board, 620 Dakota Street in Crystal Lake presented by Jason Washburn, PhD, ABPP. Violence to self and others is increasingly a concern for mental health professionals. In 2017, over 47,000 people in the United States died by suicide, and suicide is the second leading cause of death for adolescents and emerging adults. Similarly, over 17,000 people in the United States dies from homicide in 2017, with homicide being the third leading cause of death for adolescents and emerging adults. This training will review the role of mental health professionals in understanding, identifying, and intervening in patients at risk for preventable death by homicide or suicide.


Improving Our Spiritual Wellbeing
Training: Friday, November 22, 2019 from 10:00 am to 2:30 pm at the MCC Shah Center, 4100 W. Shamrock Lane in McHenry presented by Nanette Larson, BS, CRSS. In this workshop, participants will learn practical approaches to improve internal spiritual wellbeing, including steps to take to release forgiveness.


Understanding Substance Use Disorders: Trends, Best Practice, and Treatment
Training: Friday, November 8, 2019 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at the McHenry County Mental Health Board, 620 Dakota Street in Crystal Lake presented by Sarah Briley, EdD, LCPC, CADC. This three hour workshop is an overview of the assessment and treatment of Substance Use Disorders (SUD) in 2019. Participants will learn about the latest in substance abuse trends across the country and what has been forecasted for the future. Participants will learn how to assess for and make treatment recommendations, using the American Society of Addition Medicine (ASAM) placement criteria and what best practices should be used in treatment.


Rural Epilepsy and Menth Health Challenges: An Unseen Epidemic
Training: Tuesday, November 5, 2019 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at the McHenry County Mental Health Board, 620 Dakota Street in Crystal Lake presented by Marvin Rossi, MD., PhD. Based upon participation in this educational activity, the participant intends to incorporate the following objectives into their practice of medicine:

  • Capably discuss telehealth, telemedicine, and mobile health strategies with patients as they can be deployed for epilepsy care in rural U.S. communities.
  • Adeptly incorporate rural population health management, medical homes and integrated health homes developed for epilepsy-associated mental health challenges…READ MORE


Ethics in Professional Counseling: Updated Practices for Mental Health Clinicians
Ethics Training: Friday morning, November 1, 2019 from 9:00 am to 12:15 pm at the McHenry County College, Luecht Auditorium, 8900 US Hwy 14 in Crystal Lake presented by Toni Tollerud, PhD, LCPC, NCC, NCS, ACS. This workshop will focus on professional ethics and best practices that are critical for social workers, counselors, and other professional therapists/clinicians who work in a school or clinical setting as clinicians or supervisors. It is the responsibility of all therapists to possess the necessary skills and knowledge to deliver competent and ethical services to clients. It also ensures the responsibility of the profession to protect the welfare of every client.


“Moving Out of Your Comfort Zone”: Continuing Cultural Competence
Training: Friday afternoon, November 1, 2019 from 1:15 pm to 4:30 pm at the McHenry County College Luecht Auditorium, 8900 US Hwy 14 in Crystal Lake presented by Toni Tollerud, PhD, LCPC, NCC, NCS, ACS. This workshop will assist participants to understand ways to build on their cultural humility and consider ways to create healthier environments with clients and at the workplace.


Trauma Informed Care Part 2: NOW WHAT?
Training: Friday, October 18, 2019 from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm at the McHenry County Mental Health Board, 620 Dakota Street in Crystal Lake. Presented by Raul Almazar, RN, MA. This training will focus on implementation strategies of trauma informed approaches using SAMHSA's Principles of Trauma Informed Approaches and Domains for implementation. Registration is closed. 


Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Suicide Prevention Training
October 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.

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Pioneer Center for Human Service 
4031 W. Dayton Street, McHenry, IL 60050; (815) 344-1230;   https://www.pioneercenter.org/

Pioneer Center for Human Services provides Intellectual & Developmental Disability Services, Community Based Services, and McHenry County PADS—Homeless Services, helping to empower individuals to achieve their full potential. 

  • BH Residential Group Home Unfunded Clients provides comprehensive care to those struggling with behavioral health concerns. Individuals with a mental health diagnosis as their primary diagnosis enter into the group home program in order to get supportive services to support and advance the individual’s recovery.
  • Recovery Specialist (PADS) assists PADS clients (with mental health and/or substance abuse needs) in regaining control over their own lives and control over their recovery processes. The Recovery Specialist provides consistent guidance and often acts as a critical person for the client to turn to for motivation and compassion.
  • Respite Services focusing all services for 2019 on In-Home, Voucher based respite services for children (under the age of 22). The program allows for families to be reimbursed for care provided in the home, by family chosen caregivers.
  • Client and Family Services (CFS) programming offers the clients training in all life skills areas to promote and/or maintain the highest level of independence.
  • Community Employment Services (CES) is a specialized program that matches the community’s employment needs with individuals that have dynamic strengths and talents.
  • IDD Community Inclusion an Inclusion Coordinator plans structured, recreational activities utilizing their Therapeutic Recreation certification to assist individuals to increase wellness, social connectedness and overall well-being.
  • Autism Day Program focuses on individualized service planning, skill development, education, socialization, community inclusion, therapy/sensory supports and volunteer opportunities.
  • IDD Wellness Nurse key areas include exercise, nutrition, and monitoring of health related stats such as weight and blood pressure. The Wellness R.N will also assist with day program medication and treatment administration that any day program participant require to be able to attend our services.
  • Dayton Day Services provides skills training, workplace skills, socialization opportunities, recreational opportunities, classroom activities, leisure time skills, and activities in the community will be an integral part of the program. Activities such as shopping, fitness, bowling, banking and going out to lunch will provide the participants with socialization opportunities in a community setting. Volunteer opportunities are also provided, including working at a food bank, animal shelter, local libraries, and ReStore. All Individuals are involved in developing an individual person centered plan.
  • Entitlement/Benefit Specialist is a “support” level positon that provides assistance with coordinating client care.
  • Me Program is a self-driven community based program that provides a variety of in-house and community based opportunities. Me provides programming to individuals who wish to enrich their lives, work on life goals chosen by themselves, and become more active in their community.
  • Year-Round Homeless Shelter Development
  • Kishwaukee Valley Road Mortgage Satisfaction

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Rosecrance, Inc. 
1021 N. Mulford Rd., Rockford, IL 61107; (815) 387-5160
4501 Prime Parkway, McHenry, IL 60050; (815) 363-6132
620 Dakota Street, Crystal Lake, IL

Rosecrance is a private not-for-profit organization offering behavioral health services for children, adolescents, adults and families throughout the country. Rosecrance offers comprehensive addiction services for adolescents and adults, including prevention, intervention, detoxification, inpatient and outpatient treatment, experiential therapies, dual-diagnosis care and family education.

  • Substance Abuse Services focus is on teaching alcoholics and addicts how to live with the condition for a lifetime through abstinence, with the help of the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous and other natural support systems in the community.
  • Mental Health Services provides accessible, coordinated and evidence-based/best practice mental health treatment and crisis intervention to residents of McHenry County, based on system of care principles and through an array of services designed to achieve effective outcomes supporting a recovery based model.
  • Psychiatry To provided Psychiatric intervention to Children/Adolescents/Adults by the way of Psychiatric Diagnostic, Medication Monitoring, Medication Management, and Medication Education and ensuring medication availability for medically indigent.
  • Recovery Home provides stable housing for those in recovery from substance dependence who need further services to enhance their recovery process.  Our clients need to be 18 and above male or female clients who are in need of further stabilization after residential or primary treatment.
  • Community Based Adolescent Services are a collection of comprehensive services that assist client and families in the specific areas that they require the most support. These services are delivered in the clients and families most natural environment including their homes, schools and community. The comprehensive services include mental health and substance abuse school assistance counselors and community based case managers.
  • SASS Support offers 24/7 children and adolescent emergency screening and assessment services for immediate treatment, which often includes hospitalization. Emergency assessments are completed in the community.
  • Substance Abuse Recovery Coach focuses on teaching people with substance abuse disorders how to live with the condition for a lifetime through abstinence, with the help of the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous and other natural support systems in the community.  This service will be available to all substance abuse clients at all levels of service and will provide an opportunity to train the Recovery Coach as a Certified Recovery Professional. 
  • Interpreting Services

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4101 N. Ravenswood, Chicago, IL, 60613; (773) 572-5300;
Woodstock Main Address: 2030 N. Seminary St. Woodstock 60098;
620 Dakota St., Crystal Lake, IL (815) 308-0870; http://www.thresholds.org/

Thresholds provides healthcare, housing, and hope for thousands of persons with mental illnesses and substance use disorders in Illinois each year. Through care, employment, advocacy, and housing, Thresholds assists and inspires people with mental illnesses to reclaim their lives. 

Thresholds provides 3 unique service levels of Community Support.  Non-Medicaid is a portion of all community support, but  mainly services Medicaid  and Managed Medicaid. 

Thresholds is proud to provide services in the general areas of: Community Support, Community Support Team, Assertive Community Treatment, Community Support Groups, Individualized Placement and Support (IPS), Housing, Nurse Support. 

  • Non-Medicaid Community Support Services Community Support Services offer support for members in their homes or in the community, and are adapted to meet the unique recovery goals and needs of our members.  These services aid members in maintaining the stability of psychiatric symptoms between psychiatry appointments and other, more traditional treatment interventions.  Assertive Community Treatment provides a self-contained treatment program for those County residents with serious mental illness and who struggle to maintain themselves in the community.
  • Representative Payee Services Community Support Staff work with each member to create a monthly budget/spending plan. Assisting the member in developing financial goals, including, when appropriate, assuming full independent responsibility for their benefits, as well as working to scaffold money management skills with discretionary spending while maintaining a safety net, assuring payment of priority expenses of housing, food and medical/psychiatric care.
  • Housing Specialist works with other providers to identify homeless individuals with mental illness and facilitate their transition in one of our three Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) programs.  They will also be the local manager of HMIS reporting data.  Additionally, the Housing Specialist develops relationships with the McHenry Housing Authority, landlords and property managers to expand to inventory of available affordable housing for County residents with mental illness who would otherwise have difficulty finding and maintaining stable housing.
  • Nurse completes all administrative duties in a manner that assures that the integrative health needs of the members are adequately addressed, including advocating with Medicaid and/or the member’s Managed Care Organization (MCO), process and track all prescriptions, and serve as the Medication Officer as well as liaison and clinical consultant with all clinical teams (with the exception of ACT).


Articles of Interest

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Combating opioid crisis with outreach - Northwest Herald, June 24, 2019From the sidewalk in the Woodstock Square, Warp Corps’ storefront doesn’t let on to all that’s inside. The “coffee” sign in the front window and skateboard decks just past the entrance are only a glimpse at the ways two McHenry County men have chosen to combat the area’s opioid crisis with action sports, art, music and private label gourmet coffee. Woodstock resident Rob Mutert and McHenry man Mike Schoeler have created a space for artists, musicians, skateboarders and coffee aficionados alike to hang out and learn more about substance abuse and suicide prevention...

McHenry County to give teachers youth mental health training - WGNTV.COM, June 2, 2019  - ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. — McHenry County will train educators on how to identify and assist youths experiencing mental health issues.The county mental health board is collaborating with 17 school districts in August to bring Youth Mental Health First Aid training to instructors and teach them crisis intervention, the (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald reported. ...

 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.”...

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