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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.


Texting and E-mail with Patients Training
Texting and E-mail with Patients Training
presented by Kelly Epperson, Vice President and General Counsel at Rosecrance Health Network is Friday, October 12, 2018 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. FREE: 5 CEU's for attending this training. 


Implementing Social Thinking Concepts and Vocabulary: A Day to Develop Team Creativity Training 

Implementing Social Thinking Concepts and Vocabulary: A Day to Develop Team Creativity Training (age focus 5 – young adult) presented by Kari Zweber Palmer is Friday, September 21, 2018 from 8:30 to 3:45 pm. FREE: 5 CEU’S for attending this training. This training is full. 


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.



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.

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Northern Illinois Special Education Association (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.  Mental Health Board funding supports:

SASS Therapeutic Intervention includes individual and family assessment, leisure education, and a wide array of community based group activities and interventions.

 McHenry County Adult Program (McCAP) includes leisure education and a wide array of normalizing community based group activities and interventions.

Day Treatment includes individual and family assessment of cognitive, social and motor skill abilities, leisure education, and a wide array of normalizing community based group activities and interventions.

Veteran Service Members Expressive Arts Program will provide creative arts programming for veterans in need of assistance with dealing with addictions, depression, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and other behavioral health issues.  The overall goal of the program is to promote positive use of leisure time and to help veterans integrate traumatic aspects of their military experience into an art form that inspires and motivates continued healing.

For additional information or assistance contact NISRA at (815) 459-0737 or visit their website at www.nisra.org



For more than 30 years, Northwest Center Against Sexual Assault (Northwest CASA) has been a full service agency that provides free services to sexual assault survivors and their loved ones within McHenry County. Mental Health Board funding supports:

Sexual Assault Intervention Program consists of medical advocacy for a sexual assault victim who seeks emergency room medical care in a McHenry County hospital, criminal justice advocacy, court accompaniment of victims to any criminal justice proceeding in McHenry County, telephone crisis intervention if called upon by the McHenry County Crisis Line, individual family and couple counseling for victims of any age and their significant others.

For additional information or assistance contact Northwest CASA at (815) 671-4004 or visit their website at www.nwcasa.org

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Options & Advocacy for McHenry County is a not for profit independent DD service coordination agency, providing a doorway to services for any McHenry County resident who has a lifelong intellectual or developmental disability. Mental Health Board funding supports:

Bilingual Liaison offers all of the services that Options & Advocacy provides to the Spanish speaking community.

Community Advocacy Program services and supports provided include service coordination and navigation, educational advocacy, linkage and referral to local and regional supports, family support and education. The Community Advocacy Program seeks to expand beyond serving children and adults with an IDD diagnosis to those with AD/HD, mental health challenges and other related issues.

Autism Support Program provides supports to individuals who have or are suspected to have an autism diagnosis, and their families.

For additional information or assistance contact Options & Advocacy at (815) 477-4720 or visit their website at www.optionsandadvocacy.org


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.

Bleak New Estimates in Drug Epidemic: A Record 72,000 Overdose Deaths in 2017  The New York Times, August 15, 2018 - Drug overdoses killed about 72,000 Americans last year, a record number that reflects a rise of around 10 percent, according to new preliminary estimates from the Centers for Disease Control. The death toll is higher than the peak yearly death totals from H.I.V., car crashes or gun deaths. Analysts pointed to two major reasons for the increase: A growing number of Americans are using opioids, and drugs are becoming more deadly. It is the second factor that most likely explains the bulk of the increased number of overdoses last year. ...

America’s doctors can beat the opioid epidemic. Here’s how to get them on board. Vox.com, July 31, 2018 - ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico — A primary care physician assistant’s work typically looks a lot like that of other providers in the field: conducting physical exams, administering tests and checkups, and taking other steps to ensure that a patient is generally in good health. But in the middle of America’s deadly opioid epidemic, Lindsay Fox has taken on another task too — figuring out how to treat patients in the throes of drug addiction. “This is not an easy group of people to treat,” Fox, who sees patients at the Southwest Mesa Clinic in Albuquerque, told me. “However, to bear witness and share space with someone who … has been supported by their family and their clinic and their provider, and has really challenged themselves to transition off of opioids and find sobriety, that’s one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever witnessed as a provider. Looking back at all the stories, that’s really what keeps me going.”...

Clean, Sober and $41,000 Deep in Out-of-Pocket Addiction Recovery Costs The New York Times, July 26 2018Tess Henry’s family paid $12,000 for 30 days of rehab from opioid addiction. She had done two more cycles of treatment without achieving sobriety. So her family agreed to pay $20,000 for 28 days of more rehab. But they never got the chance. A few days after assuring her mother that she planned to fly to Virginia to resume treatment, Ms. Henry was murdered. The tragic end of Ms. Henry’s six-year struggle to recover from an opioid addiction that began with a prescription for cough syrup was chronicled last week in The New York Times by Beth Macy, a journalist who covers the opioid crisis.It takes eight years, and four to five attempts at treatment, for the average person addicted to opioids to achieve one year of remission, according to John Kelly, a researcher and professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, whom Ms. Macy cited in her Sunday Review essay. ...

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