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A central hub to learn about all of the services available in McHenry County related to mental health and development!

The Northern Illinois Special Recreation Association provides year-round recreation activities for people with disabilities. 

For more information on groups that we offer, Sibshops, Hang Out Groups, etc. please click on the above link.

Illinois' Insurance program for qualifying families.

Exceptional Parent Magazine and website that has articles and information relevant for parent or guardians of children with special needs.

Resources for various needs.

Infants & Young Children

The Early Childhood Network (ECN) of McHenry County is a community-based collaboration that is committed to ensuring a high-quality, well-coordinated, easily-accessible system of care that will promote positive growth and development for children birth to age five and their families.

The shared referral form for the Early Childhood Network of McHenry County.

The Spanish language shared referral form for the Early Childhood Network of McHenry County.

Susie Nevin presenting on Sensory Processing. The video is an overview of:

  • The sensory system

  • How adults and children process their environment and make sense of their world

  • What it looks like when it’s going well

  • What it looks like when children are struggling and functioning breaks down

  • The debate of Is it sensory? Is it behavior?

  • Strategies to help our children

This FAQ document was created by O&A staff to address some of the most common parent questions related to the transition from Early Intervention to school district Early Childhood programs at age 3.

Illinois StarNet is a support and technical assistance regional network. They provide training, assistance, and resources to parents of young children with special needs and professionals in the early childhood community. Region II services north and west suburban Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, and Mchenry Counties.

Zero to Three is a national nonprofit organization that informs, trains, and supports professionals, policymakers, and parents in their efforts to improve the lives of infants and toddlers. They have a wide array of information on child development available on their website.

Provides a variety of programming aiming to provide kids in need the important resources necessary for a happy and health childhood, including the Family Visitation & Resource Home.

Information regarding Head Start preschool services for McHenry County residents between the ages of 3 and 5.

This is a library system for parents, EI professionals, and educators. Located in Champaign, Illinois, items can be checked out from the Clearinghouse free of charge. They mail the items to you, and many times you can return the items to your local library instead of mailing them back. they have books, periodicals, magazines, videos, and training materials on various delays and disabilities.

Information regarding all developmental screening opportunities in McHenry County for children birth to age five.

General Information & Services

Respite is one of the most common resources requested by family and one of the most challenging to find. This is why Options & Advocacy and First Church of Crystal Lake is so pleased to announce that there is a FREE respite opportunity available right here in McHenry County!

Illinois Title V agency that provides care coordination for families and children with special health care needs. DSCC, helps children with disabilities, and those who have conditions which may lead to disabilities, grow and develop to the full extent of their abilities.

The People In Need directory contains information for local resources to support a wide variety of needs.

The Spanish version of the People In Need Directory.

Flyer providing information regarding behavioral health services offered by McHenry Community Health Center

If you or a loved one is experiencing a mental health emergency, contact the crisis line at 1-800-892-8900

Service, Inc. is the Independent Service Coordination agency for McHenry County. They are the entry point for all services through the Illinois Division of Developmental Disabilities. As such, they complete intakes and updates for PUNS.

Gigi's Playhouses are Down syndrome awareness and educational centers that provide resources, specialized teaching, and support to individuals with Down syndrome, their families, and the community. 

A great place to find videos on O&A programming as well as tips & strategies!


This FAQ document was created by O&A staff to address some of the most common parent questions related to the transition from Early Intervention to school district Early Childhood programs at age 3.

This book, published by the Illinois State Board of Education, is an excellent one-stop-shop for learning about special education laws and processes!

This training module was created by one of our own ARC Educational Advocates and provides all of the information that a parent may need to know about the special education system in Illinois!


Infants & Young Children Resources

Currently all callers have access to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (NSPL) network by dialing
800-273-8255. Starting on July 16,2022 988 will be launched as the three-digit dialing code. 988 
will be a direct access point, providing greater access to life-saving services and compassionate care.

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