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Fiscal Year 2020 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.


$9,979,577 (Final Amount 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 behavioral health and recovery related needs of McHenry County residents. 

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), behavioral health refers to a state of mental/emotional being and/or choices and actions that affect wellness. Behavioral health problems include substance abuse or misuse, alcohol and drug addiction, serious psychological distress, suicide, and mental and substance use disorders. This includes a range of problems from unhealthy stress to diagnosable and treatable diseases like serious mental illness and substance use disorders, which are often chronic in nature but from which people can and do recover. The term is also used to describe the service systems encompassing the promotion of emotional health, the prevention of mental and substance use disorders, substance use and related problems, treatments and services for mental and substance use disorders, and recovery support. Because behavioral health conditions, taken together, are the leading causes of disability burden in North America, efforts to improve their prevention and treatment will benefit society as a whole. Efforts to reduce the impact of mental and substance use disorders on McHenry County will help achieve local improvements in health. 

SAMHSA further defines recovery as a process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential. Major dimensions that support a life in recovery, as defined by SAMHSA, include: 

  • Health: overcoming or managing one’s disease(s) as well as living in a physically and emotionally healthy way.
  • Home: a stable and safe place to live.
  • Purpose: meaningful daily activities, such as a job, school, volunteerism, family caretaking, or creative endeavors, and the independence, income, and resources to participate in society.
  • Community: relationships and social networks that provide support, friendship, love, and hope.


The purpose of General Intellectual and Developmental Disability funding is to support individuals in need of long-term care services and supports 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 FY20 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 are subject to appropriation and 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, 2019 and ending November 30, 2020.

The web-based application will be accessible beginning June 3, 2019 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 3, 2019 at 12:00 pm

Application Link Available at

July 26, 2019 at 4:30 pm

Close of Application Period

August – October 22, 2019

Application Evaluations

October 22, 2019

Final Funding Allocation Announcements

December 1, 2019 – November 30, 2020

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 20 Proposal Rubric will be used as a guide to reaching funding allocations (see FY 20 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 20 Budget Worksheet
MHB FY 20 Proposal Rubric
MHB FY20 Outcome Domains
Financial Audit Requirements-Funded Providers
MHB 2018 - 2020 Three Year Plan 
MHB Applicant Tutorials
MHB FY 20 Notice of Funding Availability

----> Click here to access the MHB FY20 Funding Application

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


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