PEARLS Program

PEARLS (Program to Encourage Active Rewarding Lives)

Our New PEARLS flyer: English or Spanish

**McHenry County PEARLS Program now accepting new clients for services delivered by phone or video**

Social Isolation is an important part of controlling the COVID-19 virus. However, social isolation is one of the major causes of depression in older adults; it can lead to feelings of loneliness, sadness, fear, and depression. The tele-PEARLS program can help reduce the negative effects of social isolation. You don’t need to trade your physical well-being for your emotional well-being!

If you, or someone you know, is feeling overwhelmed or depressed, reach out! Call to discuss options today with a certified PEARLS counselor.

Tele-PEARLS is a short-term, evidenced-based program:

  • Reduces depressive symptoms for older adults, including veterans, and adults with epilepsy.
  • Is effective with or without traditional therapy and/or medication management.
  • The PEARLS Counselor can coordinate referrals to Medicare approved in-home and tele-therapy counselors and can arrange for case management services.
  • Is delivered by a Certified PEARLS Counselor by phone or video conference.
  • Can be delivered in Spanish.

PEARLS is free of charge for McHenry County residents

Referrals are welcome from all providers, senior service agencies, churches and faith organizations, and community-based programs. Self-referrals are also encouraged.

To refer a client or yourself, or to learn more, please contact the PEARLS Program:

Phone: 815.701.6605 or email:

E-Mail Referrals:

Fax Referrals: 815.560.0104

The PEARLS program is provided through partnerships with the Harvard Community Senior Center, Advocate ~ Aurora Health System, the McHenry County Mental Health Board, and the Senior Services Grant

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