Northern Illinois Counseling Associates, P.C. (NICA) provides mental health certification services for gun owners who have had their Federal Owner’s Identification Card (FOID) revoked by the Illinois State Police (ISP) for psychological or psychiatric reasons.

If you are eighteen (18) years of age or older and require mental health certification for restoration of a previously revoked FOID Card, we can help. The process utilized by NICA is objective, fair and impartial. It is also both intensive and extensive.

What You Need to Know

The Illinois State Police (ISP) Firearm Services Bureau (FSB) requires specific documentation from YOU, the “applicant” (or FOID Card petitioner).

ISP FSB FOID Appeal Requirements - Mental Health Prohibitor

The Illinois State Police (ISP) Firearm Services Bureau (FSB) requires specific documentation from US, the Licensed Clinical Psychologist or approved mental health evaluator, by the Illinois State Police Firearms Services Bureau for Relief from Mental Health Prohibitors to FOID Card Possession:

Psychiatrist or Licensed Clinical Psychologist's Evaluation or Letter Requirement

Please note that NICA has developed additional dedicated and enhanced proprietary mental health certification requirements specifically designed to provide a comprehensive foundation upon which we can more confidently render a current, clinically defensible assessment of the psychological state of the applicant who seeks to substantiate a claim for the restoration of a FOID Card.

Since the denial or revocation of a FOID Card statutorily (IL Public Act 098-0508) resides with the Illinois State Police, there are multiple exclusionary criteria which can make it extremely difficult for a citizen to retain their FOID Card inclusive of voluntary admission to a mental hospital within the past five (5) years.

Consequently, if you pose a serious threat to self and/or others or if you are psychologically unstable, you will not procure our recommendation for consideration by the Illinois State Police to restore your FOID Card status. However, if you comply with Illinois State Police Firearms Services Bureau Minimum Documentation for Relief from Mental Health Prohibitors to FOID Card Possession requirements and satisfactorily fulfill our mental health assessment, then NICA shall promptly recommend for consideration by the Illinois State Police restoration of your FOID Card.

What to Do Next

  Familiarize yourself with Illinois State Police FOID Appeal Requirements and Psychiatrist or Licensed Clinical Psychologist’s Evaluation or Letter Requirement:

ISP FSB FOID Appeal Requirments - Mental Health Prohibitor

Psychiatrist or Licensed Clinical Psychologist's Evaluation or Letter Requirement

  Learn about The Firearm Owners Identification Card Act (430 ILCS 65/3), especially, Section 8. Grounds for Denial and Revocation (of a FOID Card).

IL Public Act 098-0508

  Call Northern Illinois Counseling Associates, P.C. (NICA) at 1-815-455-6736 to schedule an appointment for an ISP-compliant mental health assessment process that is no-nonsense, fair, objective and results-oriented.

Northern Illinois Counseling Associates, P.C.

How We Can Help

Northern Illinois Counseling Associates, P.C. (NICA) is a family-owned and operated mental health practice based in Crystal Lake, Illinois since 1979.

Dr. Larry B. Gelman and Dr. Glenn B. Gelman are Licensed Clinical Psychologists in the State of Illinois. Each has over 35 years of extensive mental health assessment experience.

Northern Illinois Counseling Associates, P.C. (NICA) provides mental health certification services for gun owners 18 years of age and older who have had their Federal Owner’s Identification Card (FOID) revoked by the Illinois State Police (ISP).

Our mental health certification process provides the FOID Card Petitioner an in-depth assessment that more than meets ISP minimum requirements.

While meeting minimum requirements does not necessarily guarantee a favorable decision by the Illinois State Police, NICA has gone the "extra mile" to comprehensively assess virtually every possible disqualifying mental health condition.

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