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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.

Announcements

McHenry County sees a 35% drop in Overdose Deaths!
January 2, 2019: The McHenry County Mental Health Board is pleased to announce a 35% reduction in overdose deaths when comparing CFY17 to CFY18. Overdose deaths recorded in McHenry County ballooned to 78 lives in CFY17 and dropped to 51 (confirmed) in CFY18.  Anne Majewski, McHenry County Coroner, attributes this to the hard work of all the dedicated professionals in McHenry County who have collaborated on emergency response, immediate and long-term treatment, and education of the community. Mental Health Board Executive Director, Scott Block, states “it goes without saying that a single death by overdose is too many as each person lost is a member of our community and furthermore, a member and loved one of someone’s family, but the recent reduction is encouraging.” Block believes the comprehensive set of strategies supported by Mental Health Board funds and carried out through several health and human service agencies, local units of government and municipal partners is to be credited for this reduction. ...

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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. 

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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). 

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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. 

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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.

AID LogoAssociation for Individual Development (AID) provides services to individuals who have developmental, physical and/or mental disabilities, those who have suffered a trauma, or those at risk. MHB funding supports:

Psychiatric and Tele-Health Services featuring Nursing, Scheduler/Transcriptionist and Tele‐Health services works as part of a multi‐disciplinary team to provide holistic and comprehensive medical and counseling services to individuals with mental and behavioral health challenges. This holistic approach, leveraging best practices and evidence based treatment, is a proven method for assisting clients in achieving overall wellness so that a client can engage with social and community supports, improve overall functioning and remain productive.

Behavioral Health Supported Living Services program offers intense, customized coordination services focused on homeless prevention, treatment, support and recovery; providing integrated primary and behavioral healthcare, psychiatric services, and permanent supportive housing services to at-risk McHenry residents with mental and behavioral health challenges.

Behavioral Health Bilingual and Outpatient Services Case managers and therapists provide customized services designed to promote mental wellness, recovery and prevent psychiatric hospitalization, institutionalization, incarceration and homelessness for individuals with mental and behavioral health challenges who reside in McHenry County.

Law Enforcement Liaison Services provides care coordination services to McHenry County residents who are law enforcement identified individuals who are believed to be at risk for future police intervention and/or in need of behavioral health intervention.

For more information or assistance contact AID at (847) 931-2340 or visit their website at www.aidcares.org.
 

Aunt Martha'sAunt Martha’s is one of the state’s largest Federally Qualified Health Centers. Behavioral health services include adult, child, and adolescent psychiatry and therapy, individual counseling, and comprehensive diagnostic evaluation and treatment.
MHB funding supports:

 Psychiatric Services  Aunt Martha’s has expanded its model of integrated care by bringing psychiatric care and behavioral health (BH) services into the primary care clinic setting by offering routine mental health screening and access to treatment to: promote early detection and improved management of treatment; reduce the stigma of treating mental health disorders and offer convenience to patients; promote adherence and strengthen monitoring of the treatment plan; and, build on the existing, ongoing PCP and patient relationship.

For additional information or assistance contact Aunt Martha’s at (708) 747-8111 or visit their website at
www.auntmarthas.org.

Behavioral PerspectiveBehavioral Perspective, Inc. is dedicated to providing quality, client-centered ABA programming. They believe top quality service starts with having a highly trained team and they’re committed to the development of their entire staff. Each member of the team plays an integral role in ensuring your child reaches their maximum independence and improved quality of life. Services are offered in-home or at one of multiple clinics in the greater Chicagoland area, including Lake in the Hills. MHB funding supports: 

Applied Behavioral Analysis is a science devoted to the improvement of human behavior. In children with autism, behavior comes in the form of communication, actions, and thoughts. Services offered can help your child communicate effectively, acquire skills, and learn positive behaviors. ABA teaches valuable skills, including increased language, self care, independent play, and social skills - while simultaneously decreasing behaviors such as tantrum, aggression, or self-injury.

For additional information or assistance contact Behavioral Perspective, Inc. at (331) 431-4006 or visit their website at https://behavioralperspectiveaba.com/.

  

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.

Almost 2 percent of high schoolers say they are transgender Chicago Tribune, February 4, 2019 - Transgender teens - those whose gender identity does not align with their biological sex at birth - now represent almost 2 percent of U.S. high school students, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That conclusion stems from the agency's analysis of data based on a nationally representative sample of 131,901 public school students in grades nine through 12, who were asked a variety of questions about gender identity and personal health and safety issues. ...

 The simple idea that could help end America’s opioid epidemic Vox.com, January 3, 2019 - If America approached addiction treatment like any other form of health care, it would go a long way to solving the opioid crisis. I spent a lot of 2018 reporting on complex systems and policies that could help end the opioid epidemic, which is now the US’s deadliest drug overdose crisis ever. But behind all the reporting that I did was a simple idea: America needs to see addiction as a medical condition, and approach addiction treatment like any other form of health care. This simple idea was at the core of every problem and solution I wrote about: Virginia reworking its Medicaid program to confront the opioid crisis, private insurers neglecting addiction treatment, prisons failing to provide opioid addiction medications, and special training programs helping doctors get involved in addiction care. It’s also at the core of some other stories I’m currently working on, including an upcoming piece on California’s efforts to offer addiction treatment in emergency rooms. ...

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