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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.


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.


Motivational Interviewing (MI) Training
This 1 day training will cover basic concepts and methods so participants can determine how interested they are in learning more about Motivational Interviewing. This FREE training is Friday, May 3, 2019 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Mental Health Board, 620 Dakota Street in Crystal Lake. 


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

Epilepsy Foundation logo Epilepsy Foundation of North Central Illinois is a voluntary health agency dedicated to the welfare of people with epilepsy and their families. The organization works to ensure that people with seizures are able to participate in all life experiences; to improve how people with epilepsy are perceived, accepted and valued in society; and to promote research for a cure. The Mental Health Board funding supports: 

Epilepsy/Brain Injury Services Program provides a unique care delivery model which uses intense case management/case coordination, mobile health (telemedicine) as well as direct (physical presence) Epileptologist visits to improve access to sub-specialty care for patients living in McHenry County with epilepsy and/or brain injury.This unique model of care combines four typically disconnected domains:medical, mental health, medication reconciliation and social services.

Psychiatry Services Program patients receive medication management and/or therapy at each session.Outcomes and progress are discussed weekly with an epilepsy sub-specialist.Therapy interventions include: Project UPLIFT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), Family Therapy, Pediatric Therapy, Counseling, etc. For school age patients a strong emphasis is put on integrating therapy with school staff. Our on-site nurse monitors medication refills and day-to-day medication management.Our psych program case manager schedules, triages and coordinates the care of each patient along with the mental health APN to ensure follow through with schedules and care plans.

For additional information or assistance contact the  Epilepsy Foundation at (815) 893-0709 or visit their website at www.epilepsyheartland.org/mchenry-county .


FHPC Logo Family Health Partnership Clinic provides health care to those in our community who do not have health insurance of any kind. The Clinic has an integrated mental health component and provides brief therapy for patients who are facing mental health issues as well as physical health problems. The Mental Health Board funding supports:

Therapist treats individuals in need of behavioral health services and service delivery with appropriate mental health assessments, treatment plans along with short term mental health treatment. Services are conducted by a Spanish bilingual therapist who works closely with the physical health providers and nurses to help identify patients in need of behavioral health services.

Patient Navigator Program provides basic mental health screening and links individuals in need of behavioral health and other critically needed services with the provider organization that can provide appropriate assessment and service delivery as indicated.

For additional information or assistance contact Family Health Partnership Clinic at (779) 220-9300 or visit their website at www.hpclinic.org


GEFCC McHenryGreater Elgin Family Care Center – McHenry Community Health Center (GEFCC) is a community health center that provides quality health care to all, including those who don’t have the ability to pay. The Mental Health Board funding supports:

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 15 years and older with Psychiatric Evaluations, Medication Education and Medication Monitoring.

For additional information or assistance contact Greater Elgin Family Care Center – McHenry Community Health Center at (815) 363-9900 or visit their website at www.gefcc.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.

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. ...

The Opioid Dilemma: Saving Lives in the Long Run can take Lives in the Short Run - The New York Times, March 4, 2019 Limiting prescriptions seems logical, but a simulation study shows it would actually increase deaths, not decrease them, in the initial years. The unavoidable tension in attacking the opioid crisis is which time frame you’re talking about. In the short term, many policies that would limit opioid prescriptions for the purpose of saving lives would cause people to turn to heroin or fentanyl. In fact, over a 5-to-10-year period, that would increase deaths, not decrease them, according to a simulation study published in the American Journal of Public Health. The study was conducted by three Stanford University researchers, Allison Pitt, Keith Humphreys and Margaret Brandeau. “This doesn’t mean these policies should not be considered,” said Mr. Humphreys, a former senior policy adviser at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy during the Obama administration. “Over longer periods, they will reduce deaths by reducing the number of people who initiate prescription opioids.” ...

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