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 reopens on June 1st. 

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 
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 The Illinois Department of Human Services, Mental Health Division has launched a free-of-charge emotional support text line, Call4Calm, for IL residents experiencing stress and mental health issues related to COVID-19. Individuals who would like to speak with a mental health professional can text “TALK” to 5-5-2-0-2-0, or for Spanish, “HABLAR” to the same number: 5-5-2-0-2-0. Call4Calm is free to and anonymous. Once a resident sends a text, within 24 hours they will receive a call from a counselor employed by a local community mental health center. Individuals can also text 5-5-2-0-2-0, with keywords such as “unemployment” or “food” or “shelter” and will receive information on how to navigate and to access supports and services. 
CLICK HERE: ‘Call4Calm’ Program


"For the general public, the mental health effects of COVID-19 are as important to address as are the physical health effects. And for the one in five who already have mental health conditions – or the one in two who are at risk of developing them – we need to take personal, professional, and policy measures now to address them. ... " (Source: Mental Health America) CLICK HERE for current information and resources from Mental Health America ( 

Here are some ways to ease your coronavirus anxiety
Click the link above for a short video that provides tips to ease any anxiety that you may be feeling; you are not alone! Listen in and choose some of these actions in order to help yourself better care for your own emotional and mental health.


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.

GEFCC McHenry 
Greater Elgin Family Care Center (McHenry Community Health Center)
3901 Mercy Drive, McHenry, IL 60050; (815) 363-9900

GEFCC is a community health center that provides quality health care to all, including those who don’t have the ability to pay.

  • Behavioral Health Integration uses screening, brief intervention (including Behavioral Activation) and referral to treatment (SBIRT). The program is team-based with full integration between primary and behavioral health care including shared patient scheduling, shared treatment planning, and shared record keeping.
  • Psychiatry provides patients age 13 years and older with Psychiatric Evaluations, Medication Education and Medication Monitoring.


Harvard Community Senior Center
6817 Harvard Hills Road, Harvard, IL 60033; (815) 943-2720

The Harvard Community Senior Center serves McHenry County seniors by providing evidence-based programs, services, and social activities at a pleasant, safe and welcoming gathering place and/or in the senior’s home or other comfort setting.

  • PEARLS Program – Depression in the Elderly includes active screening for depression, using a trained depression care manager, a team approach, stepped care, and built-in follow-up.A depression care manager (Pearls Counselor) delivers brief, evidence-based interventions over 19 weeks and a Case Manager provides education, community resources and self-management support.

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Home of the Sparrow, Inc.
4209 W. Shamrock Lane, Unit B, McHenry, IL 60050; (815)271-5444

Home of the Sparrow provides Transitional Shelter, Affordable Housing and Rapid Re-Housing combined with Supportive Services that address the core issues of homelessness. Home of the Sparrow serves single women, pregnant, women, and women with children. 

  • Case Management Services serves women and their children in the agency's transitional shelter and housing programs. Case managers work with each client to develop an individualized plan for success, identifying and addressing the depression, trauma, PTSD and other mental health issues that often accompany homelessness.In addition, assistance in navigating resources and systems to ensure proper mental health and/or substance abuse treatment is provided.

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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