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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.





Narrative Therapy II - Advanced Clinical Application 
This is a highly interactive session where participants will not only learn about the components of narrative therapy, but will also apply the concepts to a challenging client they may be treating in practice. This free training is Friday, June 28, 2019 from 9:00 to 3:00 pm at the Mental Health Board. 


Understanding Trauma & Implementing Trauma-Informed Approaches - Part 1
This training will cover "Understanding the Impact of Trauma in Our Lives, Neurobiological Effects of Trauma & Trauma Informed Organizations: Creating Positive Cultures of Care". This free training is Friday, June 7, 2019 from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm at the Mental Health Board. 


Essentials of Public Benefits and Influence of Culture on Service Delivery Training
Morning session will provide an overview of commonly accessed programs such as SNAP, Cash assistance and Medicaid. Afternoon session will promote understanding of the influence of culture on participant's work. This Free training is Friday,
May 17, 2019 from 9:00 am to 4:15 pm at the Mental Health Board.


Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Suicide Prevention Training
May & June 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.

Ind Health & Therapy


Independence Health and Therapy provides outpatient mental health services to community members who are experiencing difficulties due to mental illness. Services are personalized to the needs of each participant by assessing his/her strengths, abilities and preferences.

Narrative Therapy Support Group The intent of this service is to provide preventative support groups, counseling and education for caregivers and program participants at risk of clinical depressions, anxiety, and higher physical health needs by arming them with specific tools and resources for healthy habits. 

Psychiatric Services the geriatric psychiatrist provides a person-centered approach to behavioral health issues using behaviorally- evidence based interventions to address primary mental health disorders such as depression and anxiety, while also offering assistance to older adults in coping with the psychological and emotional consequences of illness, loss of loved ones, relocation to new living situations and care giving demands.

For additional information or assistance contact Independence Health and Therapy at (815) 338-3590 or visit their website at: https://www.independencehealth.org/.


Live 4 Lali logo

Live4Lali works to reduce stigma and prevent substance use disorder among individuals, families, and communities, and minimize the overall health, legal and social harms associated with substance use. 

McHenry County Opioid Use and Overdose Health Outreach Program is an outreach-based model offering opioid overdose prevention (naloxone training & distribution) and other public health education and supplies, peer recovery support, and case management services for individuals suffering from a substance use disorder, their loved ones, and professional groups working with the population.

For additional information or assistance contact Live4Lali at (844) LV4-LALI or visit their website at: https://live4lali.org/.


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At Mathers Community Mental Health Center and Mathers Recovery everyone is treated with respect and dignity. Mathers Recovery offers the best recovery program for long term results, through evidence based clinical practices, client centered education, research and peer support.

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       

 For additional information or assistance contact Mathers at (815) 444-999 or visit their website at: http://themathersrecovery.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.

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.”...

April is Alcohol Awareness Month - CBHA.net, April 8, 2019 - One in every 12 adults, or 17.6 million people, suffer from alcohol use disorder or alcohol dependence.  Within these numbers is the alarming increase of problem drinking among women over the last 10 years. These increases have gone mainly unnoticed because of the focus on the current opioid crisis in the U.S. However, we must not lose sight of this growing public health problem. April being Alcohol Awareness Month allows us the opportunity keep this issue front and center. ...

FDA Approves Esketamine Nasal Spray For Hard-To-Treat Depression  - NPR, March 5, 2019 - The Food and Drug Administration approved the first drug that can relieve depression in hours instead of weeks. Esketamine, a chemical cousin of the anesthetic and party drug ketamine, represents the first truly new kind of depression drug since Prozac hit the market in 1988. The FDA's decision came Tuesday, less than a month after a panel of experts advising the agency voted overwhelmingly in favor of approval. ...

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