"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," said IDHS Secretary Michelle
R.B. Saddler. "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
FOID Mental Health Reporting System is an online system
administered by the Department of Human Services. It collects
information on people 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
The system mandates clinicians, mental health facilities and
qualified examiners to report people who meet any of the above
criteria to IDHS within the time frames set forth in the law.
Qualified examiners include social workers, registered nurses,
clinical professional counselors, and marriage and family therapists
who report only if they have an additional three years of clinical
experience involving evaluation and treatment with patients who have
a mental illness.
IDHS then cross-references people to the Illinois State Police
FOID database for matches, which are then reported to the Illinois
State Police. ISP is then responsible for investigating and
processing or rejecting the application for the FOID card. The
purpose of these regulations is to save lives through common-sense
reform and careful oversight.
IDHS must be notified of anyone who communicates a serious threat
of physical violence against a reasonably identifiable victim or
poses a clear and imminent risk of serious physical injury to
himself, herself or another person; or who demonstrates threatening
physical or verbal behavior, such as violent, suicidal or assaultive
threats, actions or other behavior as determined by a physician,
clinical psychologist or qualified examiner. All reports must be
completed via the new Illinois FOID Reporting System, developed and
maintained by IDHS.
Entities required to report include hospitals, nursing homes,
residential settings and outpatient facilities. Clinicians and
qualified examiners who must report include physicians,
psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, clinical social workers,
registered nurses, licensed clinical professional counselors, and
marriage and family therapists. All reporting is confidential and
To learn more about the Illinois FOID Mental Health Reporting
System, go to
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Frequently asked FOID questions on facilities and clinicians
1. What is the DHS FOID Mental Health Reporting System?
The DHS Firearms Owner's Identification Mental Health Reporting
System collects information on people in Illinois who have been
adjudicated as mentally disabled, voluntarily admitted to a
psychiatric unit, determined to be a "clear and present danger," or
determined to be "developmentally disabled, intellectually
disabled." The DHS FOID Mental Health Reporting System website
provides clinicians and facilities with immediate access 24 hours a
day to report individuals.
2. Who should report?
Mental health facilities: hospitals, nursing homes, some
residential settings, outpatient facilities.
Clinicians: physicians, psychiatrists, clinical psychologists and
3. Who has access to the information in the DHS FOID Mental
Health Reporting System?
Only a very small number of IDHS personnel are involved in the
collection and maintenance of the mental health information.
4. If a patient is treated for alcohol or substance abuse, will
he or she be reported?
No. Federal regulations prohibit IDHS from collecting treatment
for alcohol or substance abuse. That information is not to be
reported to the DHS FOID Mental Health Reporting System. However, a
physician, psychologist or qualified examiner is required to report
any person who is a "clear and present danger."
5. If a patient is seeing an outpatient therapist for problems
such as depression, anxiety or any other type of mental illness,
will the clinician have to report to the DHS FOID Mental Health
No. An outpatient therapist will only make a report if a patient
is determined by that qualified examiner to be a clear and present
danger, developmentally disabled, or intellectually disabled.
6. Can DHS take away a FOID card?
DHS does not have the authority to revoke FOID cards; only the
Illinois State Police agency revokes FOID cards or concealed carry
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