IDHS announces new FOID Mental Health Reporting requirements

By WEEK Producer

January 13, 2014 Updated Jan 14, 2014 at 12:02 AM CDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) has announced new requirements for the FOID Mental Health Reporting System.

The changes are part of the Firearm Concealed Carry Act which took effect on July 9, 2013. It requires a variety of clinicians and other health professionals to report patients who they believe pose a “clear and present danger” to themselves or others.

“The new concealed carry law broadens the scope of the Illinois FOID Mental Health Reporting System, both [in terms of] who must report and what information they must report,” IDHS Secretary Michelle R.B. Saddler said. “We are partnering with our sister state agencies and many statewide associations and others to ensure that clinicians and facilities understand the importance of the new reporting requirements.”

The Illinois FOID Mental Health Reporting System is an online system administered by IDHS. It collects information on persons in Illinois who have been declared in court to be mentally disabled; admitted to an inpatient mental health facility within the last five years; determined to be a “clear and present danger” to themselves or others or determined to be developmentally disabled.

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