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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 Behavioral Healthcare Association of Illinois awards McHenry County Mental Health Board the annual Ellen T. Quinn Memorial Award for Agency Achievement - Northwest Herald, November 19, 2018 
Scott Block, executive director of the McHenry County Mental Health Board, said in the past few years, his organization has striven not only to serve the county but also to become a hub of various local services. The spirit of this work was recognized by the Community Behavioral Health Association Board of Directors, which bestowed the mental health board with the Ellen T. Quinn Memorial Award for Agency Achievement. The award honors organizations that take novel approaches to the delivery of behavioral health services. ...


Mental Health Board Announces CFY19 Funding Allocations
The McHenry County Mental Health Board (MHB) is a special purpose unit of government regulated through the Community Mental Health Act. The Community Mental Health Act authorizes the levy of an annual tax and empowers the MHB to administer the levy through the direction of a nine-member board of community representatives appointed by the County Board. For County Fiscal Year 2019, the MCMHB has allocated $10,135,345.00 in local funds supporting MHB network services and activities including 30 agencies offering a continuum of 70+ services, programs and projects providing prevention, treatment, and recovery support for McHenry County residents. 


Sexuality and Autism Spectrum Disorder Training
Sexuality and Autism Spectrum Disorder Training presented by Dr. Rachel Loftin, PhD, is Thursday, January 24, 2018 from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm at the Mental Health Board, 620 Dakota Street in Crystal Lake. Attendees will learn some reasons why quality sexuality education is particularly important for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).FREE 1.5 CEU's (IAODAPCA included).



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.


Articles of Interest

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Coalitions in Action— McHenry County Substance Abuse Coalition Gives Youth Prevention Leaders a Voice - CADCA.org, December 6, 2018 - Tell me about your community and the communities that your coalition serves – its population and unique features. When was the coalition formed?  The McHenry County Substance Abuse Coalition was formed in 2000 when treatment providers in the area saw a rise in the number of heroin users accessing their services. The coalition’s goal is to promote resilience at the individual, family, and community levels through education of youth, parents, business and community leaders about the consequences of drug use. McHenry County is a collar county due west of Chicago, Illinois, and nestled south of the Wisconsin border that takes pride in being an ideal place to live, whether as individuals enjoying their retirement years or families raising the next generation of healthy and productive citizens. ...

Giving Patients a Voice in Their Mental Health Care Before They’re Too Ill to Have a Say The New York Times, December 3, 2018CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Steve Singer, who has bipolar and borderline personality disorders, knows when he’s on the verge of a mental health crisis. The female voice he hears incessantly in his head suddenly shuts up, and the hula hoop he gyrates while walking to the grocery store stops easing his anxieties. That’s when he gets to a hospital. Usually, talking briefly with a nurse or social worker calms him enough to return home. But this year a hospital placed him on a locked ward, took his phone, and had an armed guard watch him for 20 hours before a social worker spoke with him and released him. “I get the heebie-jeebies thinking about it,” said Mr. Singer, 60. “They didn’t help me, they hurt me.” Deeply upset, he turned to something he’d never known existed: He completed a psychiatric advance directive...

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. ...

Opioid 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. ...

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