Weekly Agency Update

The Weekly Agency Update, also known as the Hot Sheet, provides up-to-date information from providers to assist in facilitating quality care, as well as information about training opportunities, events and groups.

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18 short video clips focused on supporting students, staff, and parents on school/school work refusal, and for students struggling in an in-person or in a remote setting. Increase engagement for students exhibiting school and/or work avoidant behaviors and foster family/school partnerships.

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McHenry County Crisis Program  – 24/7 Crisis Intervention Line

Anyone who needs to talk or who is looking for someone to help them explore options to work through a crisis can call the Crisis Line at 800.892.8900.

If additional services are needed, Crisis Line staff can refer callers for a face-to-face crisis assessment with a specially trained clinician. Clinicians are available 24/7 to help people with personal or family problems, which might include:

  • Depression
  • Major life changes
  • Marital problems
  • Anxiety
  • Mental illness
  • Thoughts of suicide

More information: www.nm.org/crisismc

Teens can confidentially and anonymously reach out to professional crisis counselors via text messaging 24-hours a day/7 days a week and receive an immediate reply if they or a friend is struggling with: bullying; alcohol & drug use; depression; relationship conflicts; exams/finals; anxiety or if they just need to talk.  The app is available for download on iTunes and Google Play.  This free service is provided by The McHenry County Community Foundation, Northwestern Medicine, and McHenry County Crisis Line.

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McHenry County Substance Abuse Coalition
The McHenry County Substance Abuse Coalition meets in an effort to address identified substance abuse issues in McHenry County.  Members represent law enforcement, healthcare professionals, schools, business community, parents, youth, media, religious organizations, volunteer groups, government, those in treatment and recovery, and those organizations that serve people in treatment and recovery.  Everybody is welcome! More information: www.mchenrycountysac.org

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United Way 2-1-1
Non-emergency crisis as well as for everyday needs. The 2-1-1 call specialists are available to help individuals locate health and human service assistance, on everything from mortgage assistance, EITC tax help and food and shelter, to job counseling services and health resources. United Way 2-1-1 is an easy to remember telephone number that connects people with important community services. More information: www.findhelp211.org

Recovery and Empowerment Handbook, 10th Edition
The IDHS/DMH is pleased to announce the release of the 10th edition of the Recovery & Empowerment Handbook, available in English and Spanish both online and in print. The Handbook is an excellent resource for both individuals receiving services and staff, as it emphasizes ways individuals can take a more active role in their own treatment and recovery.

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Recovery Connection
A comprehensive website dedicated to helping people, or their loved ones, in need of help with detox, drug addiction or alcoholism find treatment. Recovery Connection® provides a free 24/7 national helpline. More information: www.recoveryconnection.org

People in Need Forum
An annual opportunity for volunteers and staff from human service, civic, and faith-based organizations, that connects participants to community resources and provides important information for those in need. More information: www.mchenry.edu/peopleinneed

IL Warm Line
Phone support for persons with mental health concerns and their families.  Operated by professional Peer Support Specialists who have experienced mental health recovery in their own lives.  Specialists are trained in emotional support, recovery education and self-advocacy support; ready to listen and help.  We provide referrals and information on community supports.  Warm Line is not a crisis hotline, but is a source of support as you recover or help a family member or loved one to recover.

Call: 1 (866) 359-7953
–  From the main menu, select option #2 for Consumers and Families
–  Next, select option #5 for the Warm Line
–  Hours of operation: Monday through Friday, 8am – 5pm

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SAMHSA is working to build a behavioral health system that enables Americans to find effective treatments and services in their communities for mental and/or substance use disorders. As a result of the Affordable Care Act, a range of health plans are being required to cover essential benefits including mental health and substance abuse treatments. SAMHSA also seeks to support the most effective treatment methods possible through its programs, this includes support of evidence-based programs and treatments. Evidence-based programs are programs that have been shown to have positive outcomes through high quality research. More information: www.samhsa.gov

Our vision at Northern Illinois Food Bank is for everyone in Northern Illinois to have the food they need to thrive. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and proud member of Feeding America, we serve our neighbors in 13 counties with dignity, equity and convenience, providing 250,000 meals a day. We bring together manufacturers, local and corporate grocers, area farmers, corporations, foundations, and individuals who donate food and funding, and each week nearly 1,000 volunteers help us evaluate, repack, and distribute food. We also proudly partner with more than 900 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, and youth and senior feeding programs to provide nutritious food and resources.


To view the McHenry County Mental Health Board’s Corporate Waste, Fraud and Abuse policy click here. To report Corporate Waste, Fraud, or Abuse Click Here

To view the McHenry County Mental Health Board’s Complaint and Grievance policy click here. To file a complaint Click Here.