Mental Health Reporting for Firearm Owner's Identification Card (FOlD)- New Requirements for DMH Supervised Residential Programs

Helping Families. Supporting Communities. Empowering Individuals.

Date: May 29, 2014

To: Division of Mental Health Community Providers

From:  Theodora Binion, Acting Director, DMH

  • Jackie Manker, Associate Director, Bureau of Community Services, DMH


Subject: Notice of Emergency Rule re: Mental Health Reporting for Firearm Owner's Identification Card (FOlD)- New Requirements for DMH Supervised Residential Programs


 As most of us know, beginning January 1, the new Concealed Carry law took effect for the State of Illinois. A copy of the Department of Human Services (DHS) press release can be found at http://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=69194&newssidebar=27893.

As a part of this new law, an Emergency Rule has been filed that outlines the requirements for reporting by various providers whose services are governed by Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Code and the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Confidentiality Act. This Rule also includes the requirements and procedures that DHS will use to collect information that the Illinois State Police will use to determine eligibility or continued eligibility under Section 8 the FOlD Act.

DHS/DMH interprets the rule language of"supervised transitional residential programs" as any DMH funded site that provides 24 hour supervision. This specifically includes: Program 830, Supervised Residential; Program 860, Crisis Care Residential, and some Program 620, MH CILA, those in which 24 hour supervision is provided. Reporting of inpatient admissions or discharges as either voluntary or involuntary are required on a weekly basis. All inpatient reporting needs to be completed retroactive to January 1, 2014.

In addition all Community Providers must report instances where someone is determined to be a "Clear and Present Danger" to themselves and/or their community.

All Community Providers are required to register to use the IDHS Firearms Owner's Identification (FOlD) Mental Health Reporting System at https://foid.dhs.illinois.gov/foidpublic/foid/.

More information and directions for reporting can be found at https://foid.dhs.illinois.gov/toidpublic/foid/. All questions regarding the reporting requirements should be sent to DHS.FOID@illinois.gov.

Thank you in advance for your compliance with this important legislation.