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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.



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. 


Somewhere Over the Rainbow: Counseling Transgender Individuals and Those Who Defy Gender Binary 
Training: Friday, October 4, 2019 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.


McHenry County Suicide Prevention & Mental Health Recovery Conference
Friday, September 13, 2019 from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm at McHenry County College in Crystal Lake. 
The McHenry County Mental Health Board and the Suicide Prevention Task Force 2019 Annual Conference will tackle mental health, suicide and substance abuse in our communities. Our "Uniting Our Voices, Strength and Recovery" theme will explore what we can do personally and professionally to combine the powers of Hope, Empowerment and Recovery. We are committed to a conference line-up that motivates, fosters a creative learning environment, and brings subject matter experts with best practices, tools and techniques that can make a real difference at every level.


Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Suicide Prevention Training
August & September 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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National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) McHenry County

NAMI-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. 

  • 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 more information call the NAMI - McHenry County office: 815-308-0851.



   New Directions Addiction Recovery Services

New Directions is focused on providing a network of service that addresses substance abuse in the community. The organization’s focus is on three areas: advocacy, treatment, and continued support.

  • Sober Living Case Management Life skills training conducted by Case Managers include basic budgeting, resume development and interviewing techniques, and support for following through with legal and personal commitments. This support provided through Case Management allows individuals in early sobriety to focus on their recovery. As a central key to our approach to relapse prevention, we provide support from multiple approaches to help treat the various underlying factors that contribute to substance abuse and relapse.
  • Recovery Coach for Connect-to-Recovery Program addresses service gaps in McHenry County for individuals seeking treatment for substance abuse disorder or having recently suffered an opioid overdose. The premise of the project is to utilize volunteers from local 12-step recovery programs at various contact points when an individual suffers an overdose or has otherwise decided to get help for their addiction.

For more information call the New Directions Addiction Recovery Services office: 779-220-0336.

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 Northern Illinois Special Recreation
 Association (NISRA) 

NISRA provides year-round special recreation programs that meet the social, cognitive, physical and emotional needs of people with disabilities so that they may participate actively in their community in the least restrictive setting. 

  • SASS Therapeutic Intervention provides emotionally disturbed youth at risk of institutional placement with positive life experiences which fulfill their treatment plan as defined by the SASS Panel and to develop social skills in the context of a public recreational experience. The main treatment modalities include individual and family assessment, leisure education, and a wide array of community-based group activities and interventions.
  • McCAP Community Integration Outings provides structured community based therapeutic recreation services to young adults with multiple developmental disabilities who have aged out of public school services and may not be appropriate for placement in traditional day services programming.
  • Day Treatment provides structured community based therapeutic activities for children who have a severe disability (MI or DD) as defined by DCM-5-TR and ICD-10-CM. The purpose of the program is to provide a variety of therapeutic activities that promote normal socialization, physical and emotional health, increased self-esteem, self-actualization and constructive use of leisure time.
  • Respite Services facilitates a voucher-based reimbursement system that allows families to access community-based recreation and leisure activities/services.

  For more information call the NISRA office: 815-459-0737.


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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