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Fiscal Year 2021 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.


$9,900,622 (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. The term is also used to describe the service systems encompassing the promotion of emotional health, the prevention of mental and substance use disorders, treatments and services for mental and substance use disorders, and recovery support efforts. 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

The purpose of General Intellectual and Developmental Disability funding is to support individuals in need of long-term care services and supports that  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.

The MHB has adopted a revised version of the SAMHSA National Outcome Measures (NOMs) Framework to promote the inclusion of social determinants of health within prevention, treatment, and/or recovery support services. MHB supported services are expected to help people live independently as they stabilize and move toward recovery. Services may include core services such as counseling, individual and group therapy, medication, and medication monitoring or they may include support in getting and holding a job, finding a place to live, staying in school, improving social relationships, and gaining access to benefit programs. Ultimately, services should embody meaningful, real life outcomes for people who are striving to attain and sustain recovery; build resilience; and work, learn, live, and participate fully in their communities.

Applicants seeking Grant, Purchase-of-Position, or Fee-for-Service funding shall demonstrate operational ability to collect and report on two Outcomes (Domain 1–7) and Domains 8–10 during the contract period: 

  • Domain 1 - Increased Knowledge/Resiliency
  • Domain 2 - Abstinence/Reduction in Substance Use
  • Domain 3 - Increased Level of Functioning
  • Domain 4 - Employment & Education
  • Domain 5 - Housing Stability
  • Domain 6 - Criminal Justice Involvement
  • Domain 7 - Social Connectedness
  • Domain 8 - Access/Capacity (REQUIRED)
  • Domain 9 - Consumer Satisfaction Survey (REQUIRED)
  • Domain 10 - Utilization of Evidence-based Programming (REQUIRED)

Applicants seeking Psychiatric Capacity Pay-for-Performance (P4P) funding shall demonstrate operational ability to collect and report on the following metrics during the contract period: 

  • Total Hours of Prescriber Capacity (Hours)
  • Total Hours of Utilized Prescriber Capacity (Hours)
  • Client “No Show” Rate for Prescriber Appointments (% - Includes Cancellations Within 24 Hours of Appointment)
  • Average Length of Time from Intake/Appointment Setting to Psychiatric Assessment (Days)
  • Number of New Clients Receiving Prescriber Services (# - Includes New Psychiatric Evaluations)
  • Percentage of Active Clients Showing Improvement in Functioning (%)
  • Number of Clients Discharged from Prescriber Services (#)
  • Client Reported Behavioral Health related Hospitalization Rate (%)
  • Client Reported Crisis Utilization Rate (%)
  • Client Satisfaction Rate (%)
  • Number of Client Responses to Satisfaction Survey (#)

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 FY21 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, 2020 and ending November 30, 2021.

The web-based application will be accessible beginning June 1, 2020 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 [email protected]  or 815-788-4398. 


June 1, 2020 at 12:00 pm

Application Link Available at

July 31, 2020 at 4:30 pm

Close of Application Period

August – October 27, 2020

Application Evaluations

October 27, 2020

Final Funding Allocation Announcements

December 1, 2020 – November 30, 2021

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 21 Proposal Rubric will be used as a guide to reaching funding allocations (see FY 21 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 21 Budget Worksheet
MHB FY 21 Proposal Rubric
MHB FY21 Outcome Domains
Financial Audit Requirements-Funded Providers
MHB 2018 - 2020 Three Year Plan 
MHB Applicant Tutorials
MHB FY 21 Notice of Funding Availability

----> Click here to access the MHB FY21 Funding Application

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


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