County Board Set to Distribute $1.8 Million in Grants for Senior Services

And, here’s who is getting what: McHenry Division of Transportation-Coordinated Senior Transport Services-$75,000.00 with quarterly reimbursements Richmond Township-Senior Transportation Program-$20,000.00 with quarterly reimbursements; Harvard Community Center-$40,000.00 with monthly reimbursements Senior Care Volunteer Network-Volunteer Services for Seniors-$160,000.00 with quarterly reimbursements Family … 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

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

Lakewood Village President Sends Winter Newsletter

The winter letter from Lakewood Village President Erin Smith: From the President Dear Neighbors: On behalf of the Board of Trustees, we want to extend our very best wishes for a joyous holiday season to each of you and your families. … Continue reading

Family Services Building Being Bought by Pioneer Center

A press release from Pioneer Center: Pioneer Center to Purchase Former Family Service Building MCHENRY, IL—Pioneer Center for Human Services announced today that it is in the process of purchasing the former Family Service building in McHenry. “There is a … Continue reading

708 Board to Shed Almost $350,000 of Administrative Costs Tonight, 4.5 Employees to Be Let Go

At the finance Committee meeting of the McHenry County 708 Mental Health Board on May 16th, the members voted to give up the function of screening patients and directing them to the agency thought best suited to their needs. Interim … Continue reading

Andrew Gasser Probes Background of Bob Martens, Tina Hill’s Choice to Replace Sandy Salgado on Public Health Committee

With McHenry County Chairwoman Tina Hill labeling Sandra Salgado’s service on the the Public Health and Human Services Committee “The Epitome of Conflict of Interest,” Fox River Grove Republican Precinct Committeeman has written a story entitled, “The Epitome of Conflict … Continue reading

708 Board Giving Only 10% of Tax Money to Developmentally Disabled

As I have stated since last fall, when I was McHenry County Treasurer I delivered the first checks approved by the new 708 Board. To repeat myself, the referendum to approve the tax hike was supported by the McHenry County … Continue reading

Illinois’ Lack of Care for Developmentally Disabled Adults Horrible

Yesterday, I published a column by attorney William Choslovsky about the Algonquin mom who, after researching how various states treated developmentally disabled adults, decided that Tennessee provided the best care. She drove her 19-year old daughter, whom she was unable … Continue reading

$800,000 in State Mental Health Funds to Stay in McHenry County, Credit: Pam Althoff

State Senator Pam Althoff was simply bubbling after the McHenry County Republican Central Committee Monday night. What she enjoys doing most is make government work. From personal experience in two decades of casework, I can tell you that is difficult … Continue reading

Woodstock Sheltered Village Resident Wins Federal Class Action Lawsuit for Less Restrictive Living Arrangements

Back in the 1990’s I was on the House Appropriations Committee before which the budget of the Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities came. When Governor George Ryan took office, he named a former Director of McHenry County’s Pioneer … Continue reading

Long-Term vs. Community Care: Illinois Worst in USA in Serving Adults in Community Settings

When I was the Republican Spokesman on the Illinois House Appropriations Committee that handled the budget for the Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities, one of my goals was to get at least 50% of the money into community … Continue reading