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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.


Cannabinoid Science and Medicine Overview Presentation
This presentation will provide an overview of cannabinoid science and an update on FDA-approved products derived from cannabidiol (CBD).  Join us on Thursday, November 8, 2018 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am. at the Mental Health Board. FREE: 1.75 CEU's for attending this event. 


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.

Pioneer Center logoPioneer Center for Human Services provides Intellectual & Developmental Disability Services, Community Based Services, and McHenry County PADS—Homeless Services, helping to empower individuals to achieve their full potential.  Mental Health Board funding supports:

MI Residential Group Home provides comprehensive care to those struggling with behavioral health concerns.  Types of services available include comprehensive evaluation and assessment, treatment planning, case management, community support, medication monitoring, medication training, client centered consultation and coordination of services.

PADS Recovery Specialist will meet with people accessing the day center programs. Through the outreach and engagement of this position people receiving service will improve in functioning, increase likelihood of obtaining housing, self‐report improved wellness and be more likely to create WRAP plan. This position will help ensure that people with mental illness and/or substance abuse issues that access PADS Day Center programs will have linkage to services to assist them in their recovery.

Respite Services facilitates a voucher based reimbursement system that allows families to access both in home care and/or external activities. An individual contract is established between the agency and each guardian/family member.

Client and Family Services (CFS) programming offers the clients training in all life skills areas to promote and/or maintain the highest level of independence.

Community Employment Services (CES) is a specialized program that matches the community’s employment needs with individuals that have dynamic strengths and talents.

IDD Community Inclusion and Transportation provides transportation to Pioneer Center to day programs for individuals living in group homes. The staff driving will also provide transportation to community based activities, educational opportunities and volunteering opportunities within McHenry County.

Transition Coordinator (Bilingual) will attend, or facilitate the appropriate program staffs attendance, at as many IEP’s as they are invited and able to attend. The initial service offered will be consultation to individuals and families and assistance to attain funding for the appropriate services.

Autism Day Program focuses on individualized service planning, skill development, education, socialization, community inclusion, therapy/sensory supports and volunteer opportunities.

IDD Wellness Nurse key areas include exercise, nutrition, and monitoring of health related stats such as weight and blood pressure. The Wellness R.N will also assist with day program medication and treatment administration that any day program participant require to be able to attend our services.

Warrant of Need provides individuals with skills training, workplace skills, socialization opportunities, recreation opportunities, classroom activities, leisure time skills and activities in the community.

Entitlement/Benefit Specialist provides clients not receiving benefits/entitlements assistance with completing the application process. Regular contact is maintained until benefits are established and then monitoring and support is provided as needed to maintain awarded benefits.

Before and Aftercare provides supervision for individuals who attend the day program during times that DHS waivers do not support. During the times of these programs, individuals will have the opportunity to participate in education, social and wellness activities, or choose to relax independently in the lounge

Me Program is designed to meet the needs of individuals who have a high level of independence, but still need support in the community. Program design focuses on developing individuals as a whole, providing opportunities for social, intellectual and physical development while maintaining a focus on social connectedness and growth.

For additional information or assistance contact Pioneer Center at (815) 344-1230 or visit their website at www.pioneercenter.org


Rosecrance logoRosecrance McHenry County is a private not-for-profit organization offering behavioral health services for children, adolescents, adults and families throughout the country. Mental Health Board funding supports:

Substance Abuse Services purpose is to stop the alcohol and/or drug use disorder and to return the individual to productive functioning in the family, workplace, school and community.

Mental Health Services provides accessible, coordinated and evidence-based/best practice mental health treatment and crisis intervention to resident of McHenry County, based on system of care principles and through an array of services designed to achieve effective outcomes supporting a recovery based model.

Psychiatric to provide psychiatric intervention to children/adolescents/adults by the way of psychiatric diagnostic, medication monitoring, medication management, and medication education and ensuring medication availability for medically indigent.

Recovery Home provides stable housing for those in recovery from substance dependence who need further services to enhance their recovery process.

MI/SA Harvard Student Assistance Program (SAP) In partnership with the school system the Student Assistance Program will provide an initial screening for both mental health and substance use issues.  Once the screening is complete the student will be referred to the appropriate level of care and staff will work with the families to access those services.

SAP Substance Abuse, McHenry County In partnership with the school system we will provide an initial screening for both Mental Health and Substance Abuse issues. Students will be referred by school personal that have been identified as needing an assessment for substance abuse.  Once the screening is complete the student will be referred to the appropriate level of care and staff will work with the families to access those services.

Mental Health Student Assistance Counselors

Project Success provides comprehensive assessment, linkage and referral to community services as a prevention strategy for youth and their families across McHenry County.

Wraparound is designed to wrap community services around children with serious emotional/behavioral challenges and their families and to help the youth build on strengths to develop new skills and healthy resiliency.

Child and Adolescent Coordinator supervises all of our child and adolescent services and makes sure that we are connected to community partners.

Patient Account Representative does all the front end collection of insurance information for all of our Mental Health programs.  The position makes sure that the clients are eligible for services from an insurance perspective.

For additional information or assistance contact Rosecrance at (815) 363-6132 or visit their website at www.rosecrance.org


Thresholds logoThresholds serves McHenry County adults age 18 and over who have a DSM-V-TR or ICD-10 diagnosis of a severe mental illness and require psychiatric, community support (Individual, Team and/or Group), and/or supervised housing services. Mental Health Board funding supports:

Non-Medicaid Community Support Services offer support for members in their homes or in the community, and are adapted to meet the unique recovery goals and needs of our members.  These services aid members in maintaining stability psychiatric symptoms between psychiatry appointments and other, more traditional treatment interventions.

Non-Rule 132 Representative Payee Services assists members in sustaining their independent functioning in the community. This fiduciary responsibility assures that each member’s basic needs, including housing, food, mediation, transportation and phone service, are met using their SSI or SSDI benefits.

Housing Specialist works with other providers to identify homeless individuals with mental illness and facilitates their transition in one of three Permanent Supportive Housing programs.  Relationships are also developed with the McHenry County Housing Authority, landlords and property managers to expand the inventory of available affordable housing for County residents with mental illness who would otherwise have difficulty finding and maintaining stable housing.

Homeless Outreach Flex Funds provides basic needs and so engage the homeless in services.  These funds will facilitate social interactions between the Outreach workers and the homeless individuals they are seeking to engage.

Nurse assures that the integrative health needs of members are adequately addressed, through advocating with Medicaid and/or the member’s MCO to obtain prior authorization of medications,  receive approval for medications, track all prescriptions and assure that staff comply with policies and procedures related to handling medication.

Housing First Demonstration Project The goal of this project is to identify, engage and ultimately house individuals who meet the HUD criteria for Chronic Homelessness.

 For additional information or assistance contact Thresholds at (815) 338-8324 or visit their website at www.thresholds.org.

Articles of Interest

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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. ...

Opiod 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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