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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  

Upcoming McHenry County Mental Health Board Network Trainings - Updates in Mood Disorders, Psychosis, Co-occurring Substance Abuse, and Suicide Research presented by Rachel Self, MS, PhD is Friday, July 13, 2018 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. at the Mental Health Board. This training is full. Contact kdoherty@mc708.org to be added to the waitlist. For additional information CLICK HERE.

Raising Awareness of Opioid Use Disorder in Older Adults 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. For additional information and to register CLICK HERE.


The McHenry County Mental Health Board, 620 Dakota St., Crystal Lake, IL is pleased to announce the publication of its 2017 Annual Report. Copies of the annual report are available online at www.mc708.org or by hard copy at the address provided. If you would like additional information or have questions about the McHenry County Mental Health Board please call 815-455-2828.


 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.


Horizons LogoHorizons Behavioral Health, LLC is an outpatient behavioral health facility, serving McHenry County residents of all ages with a diagnosis of mental illness. Services include psychiatric diagnostic evaluations along with medication management and therapeutic injections, psychotherapy, family therapy, group therapy, and psychological testing. Mental Health Board funding supports:

Psychiatric Residency Program provides psychiatric services to patients in McHenry County by psychiatric residents.

Youth Partial Hospitalization Program in collaboration with Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health provides adolescents ages 12-18 with 6-hours of daily programming including Group Therapy-Skills Based, Expressive Therapy, School, Spirituality and Family Therapy.

For additional information or assistance contact Horizons Behavioral Health at (815) 455-7100 or visit their website at www.horizonsbh.com


Live 4 Lali logo

Live4Lali works to prevent and raise awareness of substance use among individuals, families and communities, and minimize the overall health, legal and social harms associated with substance use. Mental Health Board funding supports:

The McHenry County Opioid Overdose Prevention Program (OOPP) is an outreach-based model offering opioid overdose prevention services to laypersons who might witness an overdose, including persons who use drugs, their families and friends, service providers, schools, and other agencies working with the public. The training will educate participants on overdose risk awareness, information about the 911 Overdose Good Samaritan Law and other pertinent legal information, signs and symptoms of opioid misuse, dependency or addiction, the effects of opioids in the body, overdose emergency management, and naloxone administration.

 For additional information or assistance contact Live4Lali at (844) 584-5254 or visit their website at https://live4lali.org/ 

Mathers Clinic LogoMathers Community Mental Health Center, LLC and Mathers Recovery, LLC sole priority is towards the emotional well-being of the individual: adults, children, adolescents, couples and families counseled. Professionals include: Psychiatrists, PhD/PsyD, LCSW, LCPC, and LMFT. Mathers Recovery offers the best recovery program for long term results, through evidence based clinical practices. Mental Health Board funding supports:

Medically Managed Opiate Recovery Program services are designed to support recovery, health and well-being of the person served, enhance their quality of life; reduce symptoms and build resilience; restore and / or improve functioning and support the person’s served integration within the community.

Psych Express provides comprehensive psychiatric care on an urgent basis. Clients receive an assessment by a qualified mental health professional and then see a psychiatrist or a psychiatric nurse practitioner for additional treatment, which may include medication monitoring or a higher level of treatment, with a goal of same-day or next-day treatment.

For additional information or assistance contact Mathers Clinic at (815) 444-9999 or visit their website at www.themathersclinic.com   


Articles of Interest

This section is provided to promote awareness of current issues and does not constitute support or endorsement of any idea, author, article, website or organization.

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. ...

More girls are attempting suicide. It's not clear why.  NBC News, May 16, 2018 - Rates go up during the school year, plummet during summer. Experts wonder about social media's role. Emet Oden tried reaching out in the only way he knew how. “I had been struggling with my mental health and, specifically, suicidal thoughts since the eighth grade,” said Oden, who is now 18. “I didn’t want to talk to my friends about it, because they never knew how to handle it. I just didn’t want to bother them.” He dropped heavy hints around some teachers he trusted, but they didn’t pick up on the cues. “I was kind of hunched. Walking around, I just looked sad,” said Oden, who’s about to graduate from his high school in Nashville. When a teacher asked him how he was doing, he answered that he was fine, while wishing that someone would press a little deeper. But no one did...

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