Franks Plans 10% Cut to Conservation District and 708 Mental Health Board Tax Take

State Rep. Jack Franks is promising to cut McHenry County government’s tax levy by 10% on the first day he takes office. That, of course, ignores the requirements of the Open Meetings Act for 48-hour notice, a requirement, if elected, … Continue reading

Dawn L. Pruchniak Set for 708 Mental Health Board Appointment

Next Tuesday, the McHenry County Board will recommend Dawn L. Pruchniak for membership on the 708 McHenry County Mental Health Board. Kathleen Kuchta tendered her resignation effective June 28th. Her term was up January 1, 2017, but she moved out of state. … Continue reading

Cary Police Offering Mental Health First Aid Training to Public Safety Personnel

A press release from the McHenry County 708 Mental Health Board: Cary Police Department and National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) offer Mental Health First Aid Training for Public Safety Personnel Since Cary Police Department’s Deputy Chief of Field Operations, … Continue reading

Kane County Association for Individual Development Proposes Taking on Pioneer Center’s Adult Mental Health Counseling Role

On Monday, the Association for Individual Development, seeks to take over adult out-patient behavioral health services currently provided by Pioneer Center. AID was established in 1961, serving Fox River Valley residents from Yorkville north through Huntley. AID began as a … Continue reading

Rosecrance Set to Take Over Pioneer Center’s Juvenile Mental Health Services

With Kane County’s Association of Individual Development seeking to take over Pioneer Center’s adult mental health services, Rockford’s Rosecrance is set to do the same for juveniles. It proposes to provide Screening, Assessment and Support Services (SASS). There is already a … Continue reading

708 Board Contracts with Epilepsy Foundation for Brain Injury Work

A press release from the McHenry County 708 Mental Health Board: Epilepsy Foundation to offer Brain Injury Health Management Services With grant support from the Mental Health Board, the Epilepsy Foundation will begin offering Brain Injury Health Management services to … Continue reading

Keeping the One-Sixth of Prisoners Who Are Mentally Ill Out of McHenry County Jail

The minutes of the January 13, 2016, McHenry County Public Health Committee dipped into the mental health problems of those ending up in the County Jail. The statistics for last year show there were 6,200 individuals detained in our jail … Continue reading

708 Board Rolls Out New Mental Health Approach

A press release from the McHenry County 708 Mental Health Board: Thresholds to Increase Local Programming for Adults with Mental Illness Established in 1959, Thresholds provides healthcare, housing, and hope for thousands of persons with mental illnesses in Illinois each … Continue reading

Mental Health Board Protects Taxpayers by Making Pioneer Center Subsidies Monthly, Instead of Lump Sum

I couldn’t make it to the 708 Mental Health Board meeting last night, but Pete Gonigam of The First Electric Newspaper did. He reports what is in the headline, plus more. You can find his article here. A “bridge loan” … Continue reading

Mental Health Board Minutes on Pioneer Center Problems

These are draft minutes from last Wednesday’s 708 Mental Health Board minutes. The only reporter in the room was The First Electric Newspaper’s Pete Gonigam. You can find the link to his article in McHenry County Blog’s article entitled, “Pioneer … Continue reading

Current 708 Board Recipients Scheduled for Grant Pitches

Current recipients of McHenry County 708 Mental Health Board grants are scheduled to present their cases on Monday, October 5th at 5 PM at the Mental Health Building at 620 Dakota Street in Crystal Lake. The schedule follows: Provider Presentations … Continue reading

708 Board Announces Availability of Psychiatric Services

A press release from the McHenry County 708 Mental Health Board: Horizons Behavioral Health Brings Psychiatric Residency Program to McHenry County “When there is shortage of psychiatric services, everybody suffers – patients, families, providers (and their families too). Every patient … Continue reading

MCCD Escaping Consolidation Threat

Thursday, the Senate Executive Committee approved by a 17-0 vote State Rep. Jack Franks government consolidation bill. A memo from the McHenry County Council of Governments says, HB 229 – the Consolidation Bill that applied to McHenry and Lake Counties … Continue reading

Duffy Criticizes Althoff

The following was written by State Senator Dan Duffy concerning a clone of the bill enacted at DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin’s request.  House Bill 229, sponsored in the Illinois House by State Rep. Jack Franks, it allows McHenry … Continue reading