Rod R. Blagojevich,
Governor, State of Illinois
Carol L. Adams, Ph.D.,
Secretary, Department of Human Services
Bureau of Pharmacy and Clinical Support Services
401 North 4th Street, 1st Floor
Springfield, Illinois 62702
April 29, 2008
Re: Changes in Behavioral Health Reporting Requirements
Dear Sir or Madame;
This is to notify you and your organization that the statute covering the reporting, by date and client, of all admissions and discharges from hospitals maintaining certified psychiatric beds will be changing effective June 1, 2008. At that time, the
monthly reporting requirement will be moved up to every seven days. Ostensibly we will expect all qualifying facilities to report weekly. This will allow the Department to perform quality checks to identify any delinquency in a timely manner and enact
appropriate measures to correct the required timely reporting to ensure public safety.
To improve the efficacy in the reporting process, an internet based electronic reporting system will replace the current paper / diskette program. In order to streamline this process, we have posted two forms on the website: www.dhs.state.il.us/foid/ , which must be filled out and returned to preregister your organization for access to the electronic system. Each individual who will be an authorized user, on behalf of the facility, must
fill out the system Access Request Form. It is imperative that your organization keep us informed of any changes in your facility's primary point of contact for reporting admissions or discharges from your certified psychiatric units.
The changes in the reporting requirements, as enumerated above, are the direct result of Public Act 095-0564, (740 ILCS 110/12) (from Ch. 91 1/2, par. 812) Section 12 (b):
"(b) The Department of Human Services (acting as successor to the Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities) and all public or private hospitals and mental health facilities are required, as hereafter described in this
subsection, to furnish the Department of State Police only such information as may be required for the sole purpose of determining whether an individual who may be or may have been a patient is disqualified because of that status from receiving or
retaining a Firearm Owner's Identification Card.... All public or private hospitals and mental health faciliteis shall, in the form and manner required by the Department (DHS), provide such information as shall be necessary for the Department to comply
with the reporting requirements to the Department of State Police. Such information shall be furnished within 7 days after admission to a public or private hospital or mental facility..."
The two forms must be completed and returned to: DHS Bureau of Pharmacy and Clinical Support Services, Firearms Owners Identification Data Section, 401 North 4th Street (first floor), Springfield, Il. 62702 by no later than the 12th of
May. We will need the original sent by mail for the security files, but you may fax a copy to us to initiate the registry process, the fax number is (217)-557-7975. The requested documents will be needed to enroll users into the data collection
program to ensure your facility's ability to meet the mandatory reporting requirements of June 1, 2008. Based upon the data contained within the two documents, your facility's primary point of contact will be informed of end-user training events to
assist in the reporting process.
If your facility's behavioral health or information technology section have questions concerning the preregistration forms or other issues relating to the operational transfer of data, please have them contact the DHS FOID section through the email
address DHS.FOID@illinois.gov The DHS target date for the new website is June 1, 2008. The web address will be: www.foid.dhs.illinois.gov
Randy D. Malan, R.Ph., FASCP