New chapter

To the Editor:

In response to the recent articles about the McHenry County Mental Health Board and its storied past, Pioneer Center would like to set the record straight on its perception of and relationship with the MHB.

Pioneer Center, its board and staff would like to acknowledge the efforts of the new board in its determination to become an effective, transparent organization. Over the course of the past year, the MHB has taken measurable steps to ensure that the allocation of taxpayer dollars is used for the purpose intended – to support those with mental illness and developmental disabilities. For this, we commend the organization’s board and staff. 

I have great faith in the direction of the new board leadership. The board of directors and staff have made significant, impressive changes over the last few months and we commend their actions.

Since joining Pioneer Center in 2011, I have held firm to a commitment of building bridges throughout the community to ensure that the limited, yet vital resources remain accessible to those in need. In addition to supporting the MHB’s recent changes, I also sit on the MHB’s executive director search committee.

A new chapter of collaboration started when Rob Routzahn stepped in as president, and we continue to see the same commitment from now president, Rev. Carrie Smith.

Patrick Maynard

President and CEO, Pioneer Center
for Human Services