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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 Mental Health Board FY18 Annual Report
The Board of Directors and staff of MCMHB present this Annual Report in accordance with Illinois Compiled Statutes, Chapter 405, Act 20, Section 0.1 et. seq.


Motivational Interviewing Training (MI)
Motivational Interviewing  presented by Adam Rietveld, LCPC is Friday, March 22, 2019 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Mental Health Board, 620 Dakota Street in Crystal Lake. This 1 day "Introduction to Motivational Interviewing" will cover basic concepts and methods of MI in order for participants to begin their MI journey while determining how interested they are in learning more about MI. FREE 5.5 CEU's (IAODAPCA included). 


Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Suicide Prevention Training
February & March - 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.

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Clearbrook provides services, programs and support for children and adults with autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy and other intellectual/developmental disabilities as well as their families. The Mental Health Board funding supports:

CHOICE Program is innovative in offering participants "choices" in the areas of employment, volunteering, leisure activities and socializing in settings that utilize natural supports in the community and through community partnerships. Families/participants also have a "choice" to participate in the program on a full or part time basis. The CHOICE program model includes a specifically developed personal exploration tool (PEP). As each participant enters the program they "discover" their interests and document them via the PEP. This is the foundation for the program's person centered model of service design and delivery.

For additional information or assistance contact Clearbrook at (815) 893-6509 or visit their website at www.clearbrook.org


Community Health Partnership of ILCommunity 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. The Mental Health Board funding supports:

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. It will provide Spanish outreach therapy, community mental health outreach and education as well as care coordination and referrals for clients in need of medical, substance abuse and psychiatric services.

For additional information or assistance contact Community Health Partnership Illinois, Harvard Area Community Health Center at (815) 943-4339 or visit their website at www.chpofil.org.


CCCS logoConsumer Credit Counseling Service of Northern Illinois 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. CCCS also provides pre-purchase and pre-rental counseling for homeless families.

For more information or assistance contact Consumer Credit Counseling Services of Northern Illinois at (815) 338-5757 or visit their website at www.illinoiscccs.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.

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.” ...

A promising new clue to prevent teen suicide: empower adults who care - Vox.com, February 28, 2019 -  Teens were hospitalized for suicide. Researchers then asked them to think about the adults who cared about them. Teen suicides have been growing more common, and no one really knows why — or how to stop it. Here are some sobering statistics. Between 2009 and 2017, the number of high schoolers who contemplated suicide reportedly increased by 25 percent. Deaths by suicide among teens increased by 33 percent in that time period as well. Suicide is now the second leading cause of death among teens after accidents (traffic, poisoning, drownings, etc). But don’t be mistaken: Teen suicide is still rare. Just 10 out of 100,000 teens ages 15 through 19 die this way. But even a single death is one too many. Researchers have been working for decades on interventions to decrease the rate of suicides among teens (as well as among adults). It’s hard. For one, many people who died by suicide never got mental health treatment at all. And the ones that did, well, there’s very limited evidence on what works...

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