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Fiscal Year 2019 McHenry County
Mental Health Board
Notice of Funding Availability


The Mental Health Board (MHB) is seeking proposals for the purpose of contracting with individual, public, or private entities for mental health, substance use disorder and/or intellectual and developmental disability prevention, treatment, and/or recovery support services for McHenry County residents of all ages. The MHB has chosen to address the behavioral health issues exhibited in persons with Brain Injury for McHenry County residents pursuant to the authority contained in the Community Mental Health Act, ILCS, Chapter 405, Act 20, Section 0.1, et.seq.


$9,733,911 (Subject to Appropriations)


The purpose of Mental Health & Substance Use Disorder funding is to solicit proposals addressing prevention, treatment, and/or recovery support services targeting the mental health and/or substance use disorder needs of McHenry County residents.  

The MHB chooses to develop a funding plan fostering a comprehensive Behavioral Health Continuum of Care Model. The Behavioral Health Continuum of Care Model recognizes that there are multiple opportunities for addressing behavioral health needs. 

  • Prevention: These interventions are intended to prevent or reduce the risk of developing or struggling with the adverse effects of behavioral health problems such as underage alcohol use, prescription drug misuse and abuse, and illicit drug use. 
  • Treatment: Individual paths to recovery differ, and treatments and supportive services for mental health and substance use disorders should be tailored to fit individual needs. For many people with behavioral health disorders the most effective approach often involves a combination of counseling and medication. Supportive services, such as case or care management, can also play an important role in promoting health and recovery.
  • Recovery Support: Recovery support is provided through community-based programs by behavioral health care providers, peer providers, family members, friends and social networks, the faith community, and people with experience in recovery. Recovery support services help people enter into and navigate systems of care, remove barriers to recovery, stay engaged in the recovery process, and live full lives in communities of their choice. Recovery support services may be provided before, during, or after clinical treatment or may be provided to individuals who are not in treatment but seek support services. 

When working with a Behavioral Health Continuum of Care Model, interventions do not always fit neatly into one category or another. The model highlights relationships between prevention, treatment, and recovery support and places emphasis on opportunities for collaboration and enhanced outcomes.


The purpose of General Intellectual and Developmental Disability funding is to support individuals in need of long-term care services and supports which promote community living and the opportunity to receive services in the most integrated setting appropriate.

 This may include opportunities to access:

  • Structured Day Programming
  • Community Inclusion Services
  • Employment Services
  • Care Navigation Services
  • Respite Services

For purposes of this NOFA, the MHB has elected to include behavioral health issues exhibited in those with brain injuries within General Intellectual and Developmental Disability funding.

Capital expenditures specifically related to programs or services requesting community mental health funds should be included in the DIRECT PROGRAM EQUIPMENT budget section of the FY19 Budget Worksheet Template. Capital expenditure requests require a supporting Capitalization Policy. The MHB shall consider Capital Expenditures as part of overall program, project, and service requests although service delivery shall take precedent.

 Stand-Alone Capital Requests shall be considered on a case by case basis.

          - An individual (including single-member Limited Liability Company)
          - Not-for-Profit corporations: Must be registered as a not-for-profit in good standing with the State of Illinois and
            established as a Section 501(c)3 under the Internal Revenue Code
          - For-Profit Corporations
          - Governmental Entities and Departments within McHenry County Government

Through the funding application and review process, all entities must demonstrate financial accountability, reliability, and stability, as well as appropriate service of value to the persons to be served as determined by the MHB.

See MHB Requirements and Guidelines for Allocation of Funds for further information.


The McHenry County Mental Health Board is utilizing a web-based application system for submission of funding proposals for the contract year beginning December 1, 2018 and ending November 30, 2019.

The web-based system will be accessible beginning June 4, 2018 at 12:00 pm. to applicants at: 

All applicants shall register and log-in to access the application forms.

For questions related to the funding application, contact: Vickie Johansen at  or 815-788-4398. 


June 4, 2018 at 12:00 pm

Application Link Available at

July 27, 2018 at 4:30 pm

Close of Application Period

August – October 23, 2018

Application Evaluations

October 23, 2018

Final Funding Allocation Announcements

December 1, 2018 – November 30, 2019

Funding Cycle



MHB allocation and contracting decisions are made in meetings open to the public. Allocation decisions will be based on statutory mandates and community priorities.

In accordance with the Community Mental Health Act, board members and staff of the MHB have the responsibility to ensure that the standards of services delivered are of the highest degree possible and that they are free from any negative influences caused by conflict of interest situations. Both board members and staff have a duty to avoid self-serving or conflict of interest situations where by virtue of position or decision-making authority, transactions are allowed to occur which does not serve the best interest of the MHB or which give the appearance of, or have the potential for, obtaining a benefit, monetary or otherwise for the individual, family, friends or business associates.

Emphasis will be placed upon the proposal’s strength in addressing each of the following criteria within the electronic application. The MHB – FY 19 Proposal Rubric will be used as a guide to reaching funding allocations (see FY 19 Funding Rubric): 

  1. Agency Description
  2. Service/Program/Project Description
  3. Service, Program, Project Outcomes
  4. Service/Program/Project Budget
  5. Agency Continued Funding 

The MHB reserves the right to not select a provider or to submit a new notice of funding for re-defined services. The MHB also reserves the right to begin negotiations with selected providers for all or part of the proposal components based on its selection criteria.

Attachments and Reference Material

MHB Requirements and Guidelines for Allocation of Funds
MHB FY 19 Budget Worksheet
MHB FY 19 Proposal Rubric
FY 19 MHB Outcome Domains
Financial Audit Requirements-Funded Providers
MHB 2018 - 2020 Three Year Plan 
MHB Applicant Tutorial-Written
FY 19 Notice of Funding Availability

----> Click here to access the MHB FY19 Funding Application

 We thank you for your interest and desire to serve the citizens of McHenry County.


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