McHenry County Mental Health Board | 620 Dakota St. Crystal Lake, IL 60012
Phone: 815-455-2828 Fax: 815-455-2925 | Email: [email protected]

The Mental Health Board facility is open, please remain diligent in your COVID-19 mitigation practices including wearing masks, hand washing, and social distancing.

McHenry County Crisis Line 1-800-892-8900 - a first contact for immediate assistance in mental health emergencies.
United Way 211 Line
is available 24/7 to make referrals to health and human service agencies. Simply call: 211 
Download the McHELP App
- from Apple Store or Google Play for immediate crisis support, information via text or voice.


Fiscal Year 2021 McHenry County
Mental Health Board
Notice of Funding Availability


To view the State of Senior Services amid COVID-19 Town Hall discussion, facilitated by McHenry County Board Members Paula Yensen and Suzanne Ness, click here. 
Town Hall 6-2020


 The Illinois Department of Human Services, Mental Health Division has launched a free-of-charge, anonymous, emotional support text line, Call4Calm, for IL residents experiencing stress and mental health issues related to COVID-19.

Speak with a mental health professional: text “TALK” to 5-5-2-0-2-0, (for Spanish, “HABLAR”). Within 24 hours you will receive a call from a counselor employed by a local community mental health center. Text 5-5-2-0-2-0, with keywords such as “unemployment” or “food” or “shelter” to access supports and services. 
CLICK HERE: ‘Call4Calm’ Program




United Way’s 211 information and referral service: If you are in need of services, dial 211 to be connected to someone who can help. In anticipation of increased call volume, you can also access resources by visiting the 211 website.


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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.


Community Partners Update: Network Trainings POSTPONED - In response to the guidance from the CDC regarding the COVID-19 crisis, the McHenry County Mental Health Board has postponed all in-facility network training. Our mission to support those who provide services for prevention and treatment of mental illness, developmental disabilities and substance abuse is paramount. The MHB will continue to provide updates as we take precautionary measures to protect the health and safety of our health and human service sector employees.


Featured Funded Agencies 

For County Fiscal Year 2020, $ 9,538,500.00 in local community mental health funds are allocated directly to 31 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 Mental Health Board in FY20 click here . Check back monthly to view Featured Funded Agencies.

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Horizons Behavioral Health Professional Services, LLC.
500 Coventry Lane, Suite 205, Crystal Lake, IL 60014, 815-455-7100

Horizons 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.

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

 Ind Health & Therapy

Independence Health and Therapy
2028 N. Seminary, Woodstock, IL 60098, 815-338-3590

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 in older adults reducing symptoms of depression and anxiety while assisting with the total health and wellness of the individual.
  • Brain Injury & Epilepsy Community Support & Behavioral Health Services include an array of services, including those provided on a daily basis in order to assess, restore, or maintain a consumer’s emotional or behavioral capacity.

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Live 4 Lali, Inc.
3255 N. Arlington Heights Rd. Ste. 508, Arlington Heights, IL 60004, 844-584-5254 (844-LV4-LALI

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 Harm Reduction and Recovery Program offers opioid overdose prevention and harm reduction training and supplies, comprehensive education, peer recovery support, and case management for countywide individuals using or misusing substances, individuals struggling with a Substance Use Disorder (SUD) and their loved ones. It also offers a wide range of educational experiences for professionals, associations, and other groups.


Articles of Interest

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Overdose deaths are dramatically down in one Chicago-area county - Northwest Herald, February 18, 2020 - As opioid-related deaths remain stubbornly high across the Chicago area, one corner of the region is bucking the trend. McHenry County has seen the deaths drop dramatically over the last two years, the only Chicago-area county to mark such a decline. Last year’s tally of 29 fatal opioid overdoses was less than half of what it was in 2017, and the lowest total since 2014. ...

Kenneally: OD deaths drop in McHenry County: Host of factors create reduction - Northwest Herald, January 17, 2020 -Through the extraordinary and collaborative work of law enforcement, treatment providers, the McHenry County Substance Abuse Coalition, the Mental Health Board and Northwestern Medicine, the number of overdose-related deaths have been reduced precipitously to levels not seen since before the onset of the opioid epidemic. ...

McHenry-area educators begin mental health first aid trainingNorthwest Herald, December 9, 2019 - McHenry-area educators are joining an international movement to promote quick action to youth mental health issues by embarking on Youth Mental Health First Aid training.The eight-hour training sessions are meant to give educators the tools to quickly recognize mental health distress and find appropriate help. It follows the Youth Mental Health First Aid model developed in Australia that has spread to other countries, including the U.S. ….

McHenry County Mental Health Board announces overdose death reductionNorthwest Herald, December 9, 2019 - The McHenry County Mental Health Board on Wednesday said there has been a significant reduction in the number of overdose deaths in the county for the second year in a row…

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