620 Dakota St. Crystal Lake, IL 60012 | Phone: 815-455-2828

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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.


McHenry County PADS
Emergency Church Shelter Locations
Open 7p-7a beginning October 1, 2019


Borderline Personality Disorder, Effective Treatments for Difficult Clients training presented by Debbie Smith, M. Ed., LCPC, is on Friday, March 13, 2020 from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm at the McHenry County Mental Health Board, 620 Dakota Street in Crystal Lake. This session will focus on working with those with Borderline Personality Disorder. The presenter will focus on best practices, tips and techniques for BPD, and helping participants feel like they are making a difference with those who struggle with this diagnosis.


Avoid the Turbulence: Soaring through Behavioral Health Risks and Confidentiality Hot Spots training presented by Purvi Shah Khare and Kelly Epperson is on Friday, February 28, 2020   9:00 am - 12:00 pm at the McHenry County Mental Health Board, 620 Dakota Street, Crystal Lake, IL. The presentation will discuss recent headlines in the behavioral health field, recent OIG and DOJ settlement reports, as well as current risks identified within the OIG Work Plan.  Using this information, steps for creating a risk assessment will be reviewed.  Lastly, a fact pattern scenario with best practices involving “hot spots” with 42 CFR Part 2 and HIPAA will be examined.


Harm Reduction Across the Continuum training is Friday, February 7, 2020 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the McHenry County Mental Health Board, 620 Dakota Street in Crystal Lake. Presenters are Chelsea Laliberte Barnes, MSSA, LSW and Laura Fry, Peer Recovery Support Specialist. This training will explore Harm Reduction strategies and psycho therapy approaches which emphasizes meeting people where they are at and that any positive change is change.


Somewhere Over the Rainbow: Counseling Transgender Individuals and Those Who Defy Gender Binary training is Wednesday, February 5, 2020 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at the McHenry County Mental Health Board, 620 Dakota Street in Crystal Lake. Presenters are Carol Fetzner, MS, LCPC, NCC, Michelle M. Fisher, DSW, LCSW, & Brianna L. Sorensen, LCSW, CADC. This training will focus on how to treat gender dysphoria, differentiate gender issues from other mental health concerns, & learn counseling techniques for working with the transgender population.


De-escalation Techniques for Administrative & Front Office Staff training is Thursday, January 23, 2020 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at the McHenry County Mental Health Board, 620 Dakota Street in Crystal Lake. Presenters are Jessica Norman – Rosecrance, & Susan Perkins – Options and Advocacy. This training will provide administrative and front office staff proactive interventions to successfully support individuals with IDD, MI & SA who are accessing services.


Due to a loss of State funding, the Epilepsy Foundation of North Central Illinois (EFNCIL) will be closing all offices, including the McHenry County office, as of November 30, 2019. Medical records will be retained by Dr. Marvin Rossi of Rush University Medical Center who provided clinical services and medical direction for the Foundation and its patients. To obtain medical records, please call Rush at 312-942-5939 or visit its offices at 1725 W. Harrison, Suite 885, Chicago, IL 60612.

In response to the EFNCIL closure, the McHenry County Mental Health Board has engaged in extensive development and diligence activities to foster and maintain local access to epilepsy/brain injury medical services and behavioral health services for insured and uninsured McHenry County families.

The following service providers are available for ongoing care management:

  • Rush University Medical Center (Medical): 312-942-5936
  • Northwestern Medicine Neuro-Rehabilitation (Medical): 815-455-1800
  • Independence Health & Therapy (Behavioral Health): 815-338-1707
  • Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago (Case Management, Education, and Advocacy): 312-939-8622

Click here to read the November 2019 letter from EFNCIL: Epilepsy Foundation North/Central Illinois


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 McHenry County Mental Health Board in FY20 click here and come back monthly to view the Featured Funded Agencies.


 Community Health Partnership of IL

Harvard Area Community Health Center - 62 N. Ayer Street, Ste. A & B, Harvard, IL 60033; (815) 943-4339;  (Community Health Partnership of Illinois - 205 W.Randolph Street, Ste. 2222, Chicago, IL 60606); https://www.chpofil.org/harvard.html

Community Health Partnership of Illinois provides comprehensive, integrated primary health care services targeting underserved, predominantly Latino rural populations, including migrant and seasonal farmworkers and families throughout northern and central Illinois.

  • Breaking the Stigma: Mental Health for Our Community is an integrated, prevention-oriented behavioral health program targeting the Latino population in the Harvard Area Community Health Center service area and offers Spanish Outpatient Therapy, Spanish specialized psychiatry services via Telehealth and Community Mental Health Outreach and Education.

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Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Northern Illinois, Inc. - 400 Russell Court, Ste. 1, Woodstock, IL 60098; (815) 338-5757; http://www.illinoiscccs.org/

CCCSNI serves anyone in need of financial, credit or housing assistance. Services include: credit and debt counseling and education, Debt Management Programs which pay off unsecured debt at reduced interest and fees; Credit Report analysis; Bankruptcy counseling and education; housing counseling services. 

  • Mental Wellness through Financial Counseling Services provides basic mental health screening, budget counseling, debt management programs to expunge unsecured debt, bankruptcy counseling and education and mortgage default and foreclosure prevention counseling.Clients are also counseled on the means to improve their credit. CCCSNI also provides pre-purchase and pre-rental counseling for homeless families.
  • Financial Literacy Workshops for McHenry County Partners in Mental Health is a project that provides on-site educational workshops to individuals in early recovery from SUD and/or in transitional living situations. The educational workshops are designed to teach individuals about budgeting, personal finance, credit management, consumer rights, and managing housing expenses.

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Family Health Partnership Clinic  - 401 E. Congress Pkwy., Crystal Lake, IL (779) 220-9300; http://hpclinic.org/

The 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.

  • Therapist the purpose of this project is to treat individuals in need of behavioral health services and service delivery with appropriate mental health assessments, treatment plans along with short term mental health treatment.
  • Patient Navigator Program the purpose of this program is to link individuals in need of behavioral health and other critically needed services with the provider organizations that can provide appropriate assessment and service delivery as indicated.

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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