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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.


Mental Health Board Announces CFY19 Funding Allocations
The McHenry County Mental Health Board (MHB) is a special purpose unit of government regulated through the Community Mental Health Act. The Community Mental Health Act authorizes the levy of an annual tax and empowers the MHB to administer the levy through the direction of a nine-member board of community representatives appointed by the County Board. For County Fiscal Year 2019, the MCMHB has allocated $9,933,780 in local funds supporting MHB network services and activities including 30 agencies offering a continuum of 70+ services, programs and projects providing prevention, treatment, and recovery support for McHenry County residents. 


MHB Network Training Survey 2019
Thanks in advance for taking the MHB Network Training Survey 2019. The purpose of the Training Survey is to assist in identifying, planning, and coordinating trainings that will strengthen our Mental Health Board Network. These trainings are designed to provide “knowledge & tools” to improve quality of care and increase awareness of Mental Illness, Substance Use and Intellectual Developmental Disability treatments & services. The Training Survey takes 10 minutes tops and your responses are completely anonymous. Once you begin the survey you must complete it. The survey will close on November 30, 2018. Questions marked with an asterisk (*) are required. If you have any questions or comments about the survey, please email us atdbowman@mc708.org. Phone: 815.455.2828.  Please share this Training Survey Link with your colleagues. The Mental Health Board values & appreciates your input!


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.

TLS logo

TLS Veterans works to guide homeless veterans back into the community as productive members; engages military families as they face emotional challenges of deployment and reintegration; and challenges residents in our community to support veterans, the troops and military families. Mental Health Board Funding supports:

Recovery Support and Treatment, New Horizons ensure that clinical services in the form of recovery support are provided to the formerly homeless veterans going through the transitional living program, New Horizons. These services are provided while the veterans reside in the program as well as after discharge if they choose the ongoing support.

Recovery Support and Treatment, Peer Support Group is comprised of three veterans who are certified as peer support specialists, who manage the drop-in resource center at the agency. They receive phone calls and drop-in visits from veterans and/or veteran family members who need mental health support for any reason.

Recovery Support and Treatment, PTSD Group each session focuses on the use of the techniques as well as corresponding life domain information and strategies to decrease overall stress and increase ability to cope.

Accreditation Costs (New Horizons / Peer Support Group) accreditation strengthens service delivery and integrity by keeping a set of standards as a reminder and measure.

For additional information or assistance contact TLS Veterans at (815) 679-6667 or visit their website at www.tlsveterans.org


Turning Point logoIncorporated May 20, 1981, Turning Point is the only comprehensive domestic violence crisis intervention agency and a secure shelter in McHenry County, and the only McHenry County member agency of the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Mental Health Board supports:

C/V Advocate services include: crisis intervention and stabilization, secure emergency shelter, legal and non-legal advocacy, individual and group counseling, support groups and referral services.

CVA Outreach Events provide outreach and education onsite in schools, corporations and community organizations to inform participants about the risks and indicators of family or relationship violence among both youth and adults and to point to resources for help. provides educational training and events to support Court Victim programs.

Trauma Based Services emphasize child safety, client-driven counseling sessions, safety planning skills, encouragement, providing options, helping children respect the authority of the parent survivor, building on strengths of the child/parent survivor, cultural competency and respect, education regarding types of abuse, and holding perpetrators accountable for abuse.

Partner Abuse Intervention Program (PAIP) provides education to adults who are abusive or are at risk of abusing their partners or family members. Practices in the Partner Abuse Intervention Program (PAIP) are adapted from the Duluth Model, the best available research in the field. The program provides education that gives abusers an opportunity to change their behavior and make non-violent choices which improves health and safety in the lives of their partners, family members and community.

For additional information or assistance contact Turning Point at (815) 338-8081/334-2020 or visit their website at www.turnpt.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.

What’s Life Like After Depression? Surprisingly, Little Is Known The New York Times, October 22, 2018 - A generation ago, depression was viewed as an unwanted guest: a gloomy presence that might appear in the wake of a loss or a grave disappointment and was slow to find the door. The people it haunted could acknowledge the poor company — I’ve been a little depressed since my father died — without worrying that they had become chronically ill. Today, the condition has been recast in the medical literature as a darker, more permanent figure, a monster in the basement poised to overtake the psyche. For decades, researchers have debated the various types of depression, from mild to severe to “endogenous,” a rare, near-paralyzing despair. Hundreds of studies have been conducted, looking for markers that might predict the course of depression and identify the best paths to recovery. But treatment largely remains a process of trial and error. ...

Opioid Crisis – Evolution of a drug crisis: ‘We have met the enemy …’ The Woodstock Independent, October 17, 2018McHenry County State’s Attorney Patrick Kenneally believes that we have no one but ourselves to blame for the opioid crisis.
“We did create the disease from the ground up,” he said.
In 2016, Bloomsbury Press published Sam Quinones’ “Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic.” In the book, Quinones pinpoints a January 1980 letter published in the New England Journal of Medicine as ground zero for the current crisis.
Dr. Hershel Jick of the Boston University School of Medicine wanted to search the records of 300,000 patients in the Boston Collaborative Drug Surveillance Program to see how many had developed an addiction after being given narcotic painkillers. The database indicated that only four of 12,000 patients given opiates in the hospital before 1979 had grown addicted. ...

How to Help Teenagers Embrace Stress The New York Times, September 19, 2018 - Now that the school year is in full swing, many young people are feeling the weight of academic demands. But how much strain students experience may depend less on their workloads and more on how they think about the very nature of stress. Stress doesn’t deserve its bad rap. Psychologists agree that while chronic or traumatic stress can be toxic, garden-variety stress — such as the kind that comes with taking a big test — is typically a normal and healthy part of life. ...

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