About Clearbrook West

In 2015, Clearbrook expanded into Crystal Lake to help meet the needs of the communities surrounding McHenry County. Programs and services such as home-based, community day programs, residential, vocational, and respite are offered. The goal of these programs is to help individuals be as successful as possible in their home and community.

As a response to tremendous growth in the region, Clearbrook wanted to establish an official name for the locations, programs, and services offered in the McHenry County area. In 2020 the branch name, Clearbrook West, was given to reflect all areas served in the surrounding communities.


Annually, Clearbrook West supports over 200+ individuals, as well as their families, in McHenry County, in over 39 communities and 8 locations throughout northern Illinois.

Programs & services



The CHOICE program is centrally located on Northwest Highway in Crystal Lake. Its goal is full community-integration for participants. Whether through independent or supported employment, engaging in volunteer opportunities, or participating socially – participants who attend CHOICE are given the freedom to choose their activities day-to-day. By empowering program participants to become involved in their communities, they flourish as individuals, business people, and neighbors.


Home-Based Services provide eligible individuals and families with services and supports in the comfort and familiarity of their home and community. Clearbrook’s Home-Based Services program offers a variety of services to eligible individuals in McHenry County. Support services include but are not limited to educational, transitional, in-home staff, clinical and supportive housing.


Community Employment Services provide opportunities for clients to learn valuable skills and the professionalism that translates into real-world behaviors and work ethics. Job coaches are able to evaluate habits and workplace readiness in a variety of fields and in multiple locations throughout the county.


Naturally Gifted is designed to offer vocational enrichment and hands-on skills training for our individuals. Participants follow a twelve-week curriculum that integrates classroom learning, hands-on skill development, and community job shadowing. The goal of the curriculum is to help clients be successful in work settings and strengthen employment-related skills. Clients then complete the program by doing an internship at Naturally Gifted, where they get to make products, do inventory, gain customer service experience, and more. All products are natural, organic, and made with therapeutic grade essential oils. Learn more by visiting Clearbrook.org/NatGift or shop online at naturally-gifted.square.site.


Clearbrook offers Residential Services in 56 locations that range from one-person homes to an 80+ resident facility with 24-hour nursing care. These are not only living arrangements but homes where services and supports are matched to the residents based upon their choices and individual needs.

Clearbrook opened its first CILA (Community Integrated Living Arrangement) home in Crystal Lake in spring 2018. This is home to six men. A second home in Crystal Lake opened in January 2019 and is home to six women. Clearbrook’s third home in Crystal Lake opened in June 2020 and it is home to six men.


Clearbrook and Options & Advocacy are proud to offer an opportunity for caregivers to enjoy a regularly scheduled break. Once a month for three hours, their child with developmental delays (birth to age 5) will have the opportunity to play, socialize, and create crafts in a supervised setting. Siblings are also invited to stay and play.

community mental health center

The Community Mental Health Center (CMHC) is a service provided by Clearbrook West. We serve the adult residents of McHenry County who are diagnosed with an intellectual or developmental disability and have a mental illness. The CMHC does not require the individual to be a part of Clearbrook prior to the service. It is designed to support the community while providing additional support to the current individuals Clearbrook West serves. Learn more about the CMHC here.


Clearbrook is always looking for new partners in the community. There are many volunteer opportunities waiting for you, events for you to attend, community connections to make, and much more. Please contact us to learn more.

Clearbrook West
6500 Northwest Highway, Suite 2C
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
(815) 893-0828

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