Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

The “Gelman Brothers” are unusually well-qualified to render mental health certification services for gun owners because, during their more than 35 years of respective clinical experience, they have, variously, evaluated Federal, State and Local public safety officers (inclusive of fitness-for-duty-examinations), assessed forensic patients who were adjudicated NGRI (not guilty by reason of insanity), GMI (guilty but mentally ill), UST (unfit to stand trial), NMT (need for mental treatment) and administered comprehensive risk assessments for a general psychiatric population of individuals ranging from outpatient to intensive outpatient to partial hospitalization to inpatient for virtually every type of diagnostic category of mental disorders.

Additionally, they routinely evaluate individuals who are psychologically “normal” and understand, full-well, how “normal” problems-in-living can sometimes be inappropriately reacted to by some medical health care personnel (inclusive of some mental health professionals) and also by some law enforcement personnel. Of special concern are those psychologically “normal” individuals who may be incorrectly admitted to a “psych” unit from an emergency room due to an unusual medication response, as well as, “normal” individuals who are simply “having a bad day” and express strong emotions, which others may be too quick to sanction, leading to an inpatient “psych” admission.

Complications may also arise from individuals who seek voluntary psychiatric hospitalization because they are diligent about addressing and resolving personal and relational problems, concerns and issues which, if not addressed and resolved, might potentially lead to less positive consequences for them and others. Presumably, such individuals ought not to be unduly ‘penalized’ for responsibly identifying and conscientiously fixing possible non-dangerous personal ‘risk factors’ with the loss of any of their Constitutional rights.

Be advised that 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.

In brief, what you need to know About Us is that WE CAN HELP.

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).

Dr. Larry Gelman and Dr. Glenn Gelman use an ISP-compliant assessment process that is no-nonsense, fair, objective and results-oriented.

It is important to note that the “Gelman Brothers” have substantially augmented the requisite ISP FOID Card Petitioner Mental Health Certification with a proprietary NICA designed 8 page FOID Card Petitioner Questionnaire, an internationally research-influenced and NICA designed 16 page face-to-face FOID Card Petitioner Interview and a NICA designed 4 page FOID Petitioner Collateral Informant Questionnaire.

If you are a mental health “risk” to self or to others, very simply, we will likely find you out!

If you are not a mental health “risk”, the assessment process has been rigorously designed to provide an adequate inquiry as to why this is the case and will enable us to explicitly communicate to the Illinois State Police (who shall make the final determination whether your FOID Card will be reinstated or remain revoked) why you are not a mental health “risk” to possess a FOID Card and to own or use firearms.

We work for you!

We do not work for the Illinois State Police.

We do not work for the Illinois Department of Human Services.

We do not work for any psychiatric hospitals.

We do not work for any mental health centers.

We do not work for any attorneys.

We do not work for any gun rights advocates.

We do not work for the government.

To reiterate, we work for you!

However, in the interest of full disclosure, as duly Licensed Clinical Psychologists, by our rendering a Mental Health Certification to you, as the FOID Card Petitioner, and also by our “signing on the dotted line” of the Mental Health Certification For Firearm Possession (form) Pursuant to: 430 ILCS 65/4(a)(2)(iv) and 430 ILCS 65/8(u) and by our submitting to ISP a Summary Report of Psychological Certification, we are attesting to having rendered a provisional assessment, subject to our clinical judgment, of suspected probable imminent “risk”, which either does, or does not, apply to you. We presume, a priori, that “no one in their right mind” wants potentially lethal firearms in the hands of a mentally impaired and dangerous individual. Consequently, while we work for you, our duty extends far beyond you, to the public-at-large in the State of Illinois and also to the profession of Clinical Psychology.

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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

Illinois State Police

Firearms Services Bureau

FOID Appeal Requirements – Mental Health Prohibitor

 

If your FOID card has been revoked or your application denied due to a prior admission to a mental health facility within the last five years, you may appeal the decision to the Firearm Services Bureau (FSB) of the Illinois State Police. You are NOT required to appeal at this time. Your appeal will NOT be reviewed until all of the following documentation has been submitted.

1. Revoked FOID card (if applicable) must be surrendered and Firearm Disposition Record form documenting transfer of firearms in your possession must be presented to the local law enforcement agency where you reside. (Form is available on ISP website, www.isp.state.il.us.)

 

2. Notarized signed and dated, statement in your own words that contains the following:

a. Details and circumstances regarding any and all mental health admissions.

b. Statements regarding your current mental status and condition.

c. Statements regarding your mental health history, including any prior treatment or admissions.

d. Statements regarding your compliance or non-compliance with treatment and/or medications.

i. The dates and details of all actual or alleged acts of suicide or violence.

ii. If law enforcement was involved, you must list the date of each incident along with the name/address of each agency.

iii. If courts were involved, you must list the date(s) of each legal action and the county and state where such records are held.

iv. If medical personnel were involved, you must list who provided the medical care and where they are located.

 

3. Completed Request for Investigation and Waiver of Liability, signed and dated

(The following must be sent directly to the ISP from those in possession of the documents.)

 

4. All psychiatric and counseling records related to mental health diagnosis or treatment (including emergency room, inpatient, rehabilitation, detoxification, partial inpatient, and outpatient) provided to you during the past five years.

 

5. A current (within 45 days of ISP’s receipt), forensic evaluation or original letter (signed and dated) from a psychiatrist or licensed clinical psychologist, on letterhead, not affiliated with your employer. Please see attached form for the requirements. (Note: letters from therapists - e.g., professional counselors and social workers - will be considered, but do not fulfill this requirement.)

See attached instructions (Psychiatrist or Licensed Clinical Psychologist's Evaluation or Letter Requirement) to be provided to your evaluator.

 

6. Certified copies of all court records that address your mental status or allegations you were threatening to harm yourself or others, engaged in violence, or abused alcohol or drugs (including family court and petitions for protective orders or involuntary admission or treatment); or a notarized statement from you affirming no such records exist.

 

7. At least two current (within 45 days of ISP’s receipt), notarized, signed and dated letters from adults who are aware of the circumstances regarding the revocation of your FOID card that states:

a. His/her full name, date of birth, and relationship to you;

b. His/her opinion of your current mental condition and risk of dangerousness to yourself or others; and

c. His/her opinion as to whether your possession of a firearm would be contrary to the public interest.

 

8. If the possession of a FOID card is an employment issue for you, you must provide a letter from an authorized representative of your employer on company letterhead (signed and dated) that provides:

a. The current status of your employment

b. Your job title;

c. Records of any discipline or investigation regarding the revocation of your FOID card;

d. Your employer’s opinion as to your suitability to possess a firearm.

 

9. If you are an active law enforcement officer, a psychological fitness for duty evaluation completed after the time of discharge, is required. If you think you may be eligible for an expedited relief process (430 ILCS 65/10(c-5), contact the Appeals Section at 217/782-3849 for information. It is the applicant’s responsibility to provide or arrange for the above documents to be provided to the ISP. Submission of the above documents does not guarantee the granting of relief, but is required to begin the review process. Incomplete or inadequate documentation may delay processing or result in the denial of your request. Depending on the information received, and to ensure compliance with state and federal laws, additional information not named herein may be required. All documents must contain your full name and date of birth, and must be sent from the source directly to:

Illinois State Police
Firearms Services Bureau – ATTN: APPEALS
801 South Seventh Street Suite 400-M
Springfield, Illinois 62703-2487

03/06/2015

 

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

Illinois State Police - Firearms Services Bureau
FOID Appeal Requirements – Mental Health Prohibitor
Psychiatrist or Licensed Clinical Psychologist’s Evaluation or Letter Requirement

As required in Section 5 of the Minimum Documentation Form, you must provide:

A current (within 45 days), forensic evaluation or original letter from a psychiatrist or licensed clinical psychologist which must fulfill the following requirements:

a. It must be from a treatment provider not affiliated with your employer.
b. It must include your full name and date of birth on each page of the document.
c. The treatment provider must sign and date the evaluation or letter and include their professional license number.
d. The provider must give a specific statement indicating they have reviewed records from ALL prior psychiatric admissions, hospitalizations and treatment.
e. It must include a list of all prior psychiatric hospitalizations and referrals, to include all incidents or suicidal or homicidal ideations.
f. List of treatment that has been provided and compliance with that treatment, to include current treatment.
g. Any past or current substance or alcohol abuse/dependence.
h. Procedure followed by treatment provider when completing the evaluation.
i. Current Axis I and Axis II diagnosis.
j. Current psychotropic medications prescribed and risks associated with discontinuation of medication.
k. The treatment providers professional opinion as to whether or not you present a risk of harm to yourself or others and whether you are mentally fit to acquire, possess and use firearms.

This evaluation or letter must be sent directly to ISP from the psychiatrist or licensed clinical psychologist. All documents must be sent to:

Illinois State Police
Firearms Services Bureau – ATTN: APPEALS
801 South Seventh Street Suite 400-M
Springfield, Illinois 62703-2487

03/05/2015

Please note that in order to meet the State of Illinois requirements for an evaluation or letter to be provided by a NICA Licensed Clinical Psychologist with your appeal documents, you are asked to obtain and to present, in a sealed envelope at your scheduled visit with the doctor, a complete history of ALL psychiatric admissions, ALL hospitalizations and ALL mental health treatment records.  Though it is not necessary to submit with your appeal to the Illinois State Police your mental health history older than 5 years, the State of Illinois does require that the mental health “provider must give a specific statement indicating that they have reviewed records from ALL psychiatric admissions, (ALL) hospitalizations and (ALL) treatment (records)”.  

Upon completion of a face-to-face psychological evaluation, a review of your complete mental health history, and receipt of all supporting documentation, the NICA Licensed Clinical Psychologist will include with your appeal documents to the State of Illinois, a professional opinion whether or not you are “mentally fit” to acquire, to possess and/or to use firearms. 

This is NOT a guarantee of restoration of your FOID card.

According to the PUBLIC SAFETY (430 ILCS 65/) Firearm Owners Identification Card Act:

(430 ILCS 65/1)(from Ch. 38, par. 83-1)

Sec. 1. It is hereby declared as a matter of legislative determination that in order to promote and protect the health, safety and welfare of the public, it is necessary and in the public interest to provide a system of identifying persons who are not qualified to acquire or possess firearms, firearm ammunition, stun guns, and tasers within the State of Illinois by the establishment of a system of Firearm Owner's Identification Cards, thereby establishing a practical and workable system by which law enforcement authorities will be afforded an opportunity to identify those persons who are prohibited by Section 24-3.1 of the Criminal Code of 2012, from acquiring or possessing firearms and firearm ammunition and who are prohibited by this Act from acquiring stun guns and tasers.
(Source: P.A. 97-1150, eff. 1-25-13.)

Also, according to the PUBLIC SAFETY (430 ILCS 65/) Firearm Owners Identification Card Act:

(430 ILCS 65/8) (from Ch. 38, par. 83-8)

Sec. 8. Grounds for denial and revocation. The Department of State Police has authority to deny an application for or to revoke and seize a Firearm Owner's Identification Card previously issued under this Act only if the Department finds that the applicant or the person to whom such card was issued is or was at the time of issuance:

(a) A person under 21 years of age who has been convicted of a misdemeanor other than a traffic offense or adjudged delinquent;

(b) A person under 21 years of age who does not have the written consent of his parent or guardian to acquire and possess firearms and firearm ammunition, or whose parent or guardian has revoked such written consent, or where such parent or guardian does not qualify to have a Firearm Owner's Identification Card;

(c) A person convicted of a felony under the laws of this or any other jurisdiction;

(d) A person addicted to narcotics;

(e) A person who has been a patient of a mental health facility within the past 5 years or a person who has been a patient in a mental health facility more than 5 years ago who has not received the certification required under subsection (u) of this Section. An active law enforcement officer employed by a unit of government who is denied, revoked, or has his or her Firearm Owner's Identification Card seized under this subsection (e) may obtain relief as described in subsection (c-5) of Section 10 of this Act if the officer did not act in a manner threatening to the officer, another person, or the public as determined by the treating clinical psychologist or physician, and the officer seeks mental health treatment;

(f) A person whose mental condition is of such a nature that it poses a clear and present danger to the applicant, any other person or persons or the community;

(g) A person who has an intellectual disability;

(h) A person who intentionally makes a false statement in the Firearm Owner's Identification Card application;

(i) An alien who is unlawfully present in the United States under the laws of the United States;

(i-5) An alien who has been admitted to the United States under a non-immigrant visa (as that term is defined in Section 101(a)(26) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(26))), except that this subsection (i-5) does not apply to any alien who has been lawfully admitted to the United States under a non-immigrant visa if that alien is:
   (1) admitted to the United States for lawful hunting or sporting purposes;
   (2) an official representative of a foreign government who is:
      (A) accredited to the United States Government or the Government's mission to an international organization having its headquarters in the United States; or
      (B) en route to or from another country to which that alien is accredited;
(3) an official of a foreign government or distinguished foreign visitor who has been so designated by the Department of State;
(4) a foreign law enforcement officer of a friendly foreign government entering the United States on official business; or
(5) one who has received a waiver from the Attorney General of the United States pursuant to 18 U.S.C. 922(y)(3);

(j) (Blank);

(k) A person who has been convicted within the past 5 years of battery, assault, aggravated assault, violation of an order of protection, or a substantially similar offense in another jurisdiction, in which a firearm was used or possessed;

(l) A person who has been convicted of domestic battery, aggravated domestic battery, or a substantially similar offense in another jurisdiction committed before, on or after January 1, 2012 (the effective date of Public Act 97-158). If the applicant or person who has been previously issued a Firearm Owner's Identification Card under this Act knowingly and intelligently waives the right to have an offense described in this paragraph (l) tried by a jury, and by guilty plea or otherwise, results in a conviction for an offense in which a domestic relationship is not a required element of the offense but in which a determination of the applicability of 18 U.S.C. 922(g)(9) is made under Section 112A-11.1 of the Code of Criminal Procedure of 1963, an entry by the court of a judgment of conviction for that offense shall be grounds for denying an application for and for revoking and seizing a Firearm Owner's Identification Card previously issued to the person under this Act;

(m) (Blank);

(n) A person who is prohibited from acquiring or possessing firearms or firearm ammunition by any Illinois State statute or by federal law;

(o) A minor subject to a petition filed under Section 5-520 of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987 alleging that the minor is a delinquent minor for the commission of an offense that if committed by an adult would be a felony;

(p) An adult who had been adjudicated a delinquent minor under the Juvenile Court Act of 1987 for the commission of an offense that if committed by an adult would be a felony;

(q) A person who is not a resident of the State of Illinois, except as provided in subsection (a-10) of Section 4;

(r) A person who has been adjudicated as a person with a mental disability;

(s) A person who has been found to have a developmental disability;

(t) A person involuntarily admitted into a mental health facility; or

(u) A person who has had his or her Firearm Owner's Identification Card revoked or denied under subsection (e) of this Section or item (iv) of paragraph (2) of subsection (a) of Section 4 of this Act because he or she was a patient in a mental health facility as provided in subsection (e) of this Section, shall not be permitted to obtain a Firearm Owner's Identification Card, after the 5-year period has lapsed, unless he or she has received a mental health evaluation by a physician, clinical psychologist, or qualified examiner as those terms are defined in the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Code, and has received a certification that he or she is not a clear and present danger to himself, herself, or others. The physician, clinical psychologist, or qualified examiner making the certification and his or her employer shall not be held criminally, civilly, or professionally liable for making or not making the certification required under this subsection, except for willful or wanton misconduct. This subsection does not apply to a person whose firearm possession rights have been restored through administrative or judicial action under Section 10 or 11 of this Act.

Upon revocation of a person's Firearm Owner's Identification Card, the Department of State Police shall provide notice to the person and the person shall comply with Section 9.5 of this Act.

(Source: P.A. 98-63, eff. 7-9-13; 98-508, eff. 8-19-13; 98-756, eff. 7-16-14; 99-143, eff. 7-27-15.)        

[N.B. NICA’s assessment role is solely limited to providing mental health certification services only to FOID Card Applicants or Petitioners. We do not provide background checks and we do not investigate statutory violations of persons seeking mental health certification for restoration of their FOID Card].

The approximate length of time required for the FOID Card Petitioner to complete the Mental Health Certification process at our office is approximately four (4) hours. During the first 15-30 minutes you will review, complete and authorize various forms, releases and notifications. The next 30-45 minutes you will need to complete an eight (8) page FOID Card Petitioner Questionnaire on your own which is followed by a sixteen (16) page FOID Card Petitioner face-to-face interview with the Licensed Clinical Psychologist which will typically last 2.5-3.0 hours. Additional required and/or requested documentation can be easily completed by the FOID Card Applicant or Petitioner and/or their Collaterals following the in-office appointment with materials to be returned to our office generally within five (5) business days of the face-to-face meeting.

 

To reiterate, you will also have an opportunity to communicate, in detail, a legibly written (preferably typed, double-spaced, 11-12 point font) notarized statement, as follows, per:

Illinois State Police; Firearms Services Bureau; FOID Appeal Requirements – Mental Health Prohibitor:

 

2. Notarized signed and dated, statement in your own words that contains the following:

a. Details and circumstances regarding any and all mental health admissions.

b. Statements regarding your current mental status and condition.

c. Statements regarding your mental health history, including any prior treatment or admissions.

d. Statements regarding your compliance or non-compliance with treatment and/or medications.

i. The dates and details of all actual or alleged acts of suicide or violence.

ii. If law enforcement was involved, you must list the date of each incident along with the name/address of each agency.

iii. If courts were involved, you must list the date(s) of each legal action and the county and state where such records are held.

iv. If medical personnel were involved, you must list who provided the medical care and where they are located.

 

Also, all other pertinent written information you wish to communicate, on your behalf, will be welcomed and reviewed by NICA’s Licensed Clinical Psychologist and appended, in its entirety, to our Summary Report of Mental Health Certification and mailed, to the Illinois State Police for their further disposition. [N.B. All of these written materials must be signed, dated and notarized].

The Summary Report of Mental Health Certification shall be completed and sent to the Illinois State Police within 45 days of the FOID Card Petitioner’s face-to-face meeting with NICA’s Licensed Clinical Psychologist assuming ALL prior psychiatric admissions, hospitalizations and treatment records have been promptly received and reviewed by our offices. Additionally, signed, dated and duly notarized FOID Card Collateral Informant Questionnaires must also have been promptly received and reviewed by our offices. “Time is of the essence” once the FOID Card Petitioner Mental Health Certification process has commenced. Please note that you may be requested to provide additional information if required information is missing or is incomplete.

The Mental Health Certification For Firearms Possession (form) Pursuant to: 430 ILCS 65/4(a)(2)(iv) and 430 ILCS 65/8(u) (ISP 2-606 7/18/2013) requires the clinical psychologist, physician or qualified examiner as defined in 405 ILCS 5/1-122, following completion of a mental health evaluation of the FOID Card Petitioner and review of ALL mental health records and collateral information supplied by the applicant, to answer either YES or NO to the following “three questions”:

  1. The petitioner is a serious threat of physical violence against a reasonably identifiable victim
  2. The petitioner poses a clear and imminent risk of serious physical injury to himself, herself or another person
  3. The petitioner demonstrates threatening physical or verbal behavior, such as violent, suicidal, or assaultive threats, actions, or other behaviors.

[N.B. This one-page ISP form is appended to NICA’s Summary Report of Mental Health Certification only after all of the criteria specified by the Illinois State Police are satisfactorily met or addressed by the FOID Card Petitioner and by NICA’s Licensed Clinical Psychologist].

A diagnosis of any of these psychiatric disorders, above, or of other mental illness is not, necessarily, enough to disqualify a FOID Card Petitioner from receiving a recommendation from NICA’s Licensed Clinical Psychologist to the Illinois State Police for restoration of a previously revoked FOID Card. The salient presumptive issue on everyone’s mind is whether or not a FOID Card Petitioner is a serious danger or threat to self and/or to others and also whether or not a FOID Card Petitioner is mentally ill or mentally impaired to such an extent that he or she is unable to know right from wrong and/or to properly, intelligently and lawfully use firearms according to State of Illinois and/or Federal statutes regarding firearms.

It is our current “off-the-record” understanding from ISP that if you, or your physician, requested or required your voluntary or involuntary mental health OR medical observation, evaluation and/ or treatment at a hospital, hospital “psych” ward or inpatient psychiatric facility, the Illinois State Police will likely revoke your FOID Card for a five (5) year period before considering restoration. You may want to confer with an attorney to see if there is any legal remedy available to you under State of Illinois and/or Federal law to mitigate the five (5) year waiting period but, to reiterate, it is our “off-the-record” understanding from ISP that the five (5) year interval appears to be their standard.  

It is also our current understanding that the Illinois State Police will still require a duly authorized mental health certification before they will consider restoration of a previously revoked FOID Card for any mental health reasons. Again, you may want to confer directly with the Illinois State Police to see for yourself if there are any new criteria with which to make an appeal in order to obviate ISP’s lengthy mental health certification process.

NICA’s FOID Card Petitioner Mental Health Certification process specifically addresses each of these, as well as, many other “problems” or “disqualifiers” which an applicant or petitioner either may have committed or may have been guilty of, however, our current understanding is that it appears to be predominantly at the discretion of the Illinois State Police to determine what “weight” any and/or all of these statuses may have on ISP’s decision to restore a previously revoked FOID Card or, alternatively, to continue the revocation.

The information NICA receives from you, with your express written authorization, shall be accessible to the Illinois State Police. You have a right to a copy of “medical records” which result from NICA’s provision of a mental health certification to you. Since you also identify which collateral informants receive our proprietary four (4) page questionnaire, by implication, those individuals will have “access” to the information they provide us about you. Lastly, NICA staff will have access to your confidential information. Any other parties will require your express written authorization for NICA to release confidential mental health certification in our possession concerning you.

Several suspicious gun rights supporters have somewhat cynically queried us and intimated that mental health providers who provide mental health certification services are, pro forma, engaged in political “a dog and pony show” in order “to grease the wheel” in order to mitigate risk for the Illinois State Police, to force “law-abiding citizens” to participate in yet another layer of unnecessary and costly bureaucracy, and to advertently or inadvertently engage in various “left-wing” agendas concerning “right to bear arms”.

As Licensed Clinical Psychologists with almost four decades, respectively, of professional experience, Larry B. Gelman, Psy. D. and Glenn B. Gelman, Psy. D. both consider comprehensive mental health certification for FOID Card Petitioners to be a sacrosanct duty, obligation and responsibility. Simply stated, our goal is to become part of the solution and to ameliorate the problems associated with mentally unstable individuals who are manifestly dangerous, or who in our best clinical judgement are almost certainly likely to be dangerous, to be prevented from having access to lethal firearms.

According to the Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States: "A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed."

Northern Illinois Counseling Associates, P.C. (NICA) and its principles, Larry B. Gelman, Psy. D. and Glenn B. Gelman, Psy. D. are all supporters of the United States Constitution and its Bill of Rights.

However, neither are we legal scholars nor are we Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court. Consequently, the interpretations of this “right” is well-beyond the purview of our specific role as Licensed Clinical Psychologists who are duly authorized to render professional mental health certification services to those FOID Card Petitioners in the State of Illinois who have had their FOID Card revoked by the Illinois State Police for mental health cause. Therefore, issues and concerns regarding your Second Amendment rights are, respectfully, referred to appropriate State of Illinois and Federal agencies, their respective legislatures and their respective courts and legal experts.

Mental Health Certification fees:

$1495.00 for the basic MENTAL HEALTH CERTIFICATION.

$250.00 per hour MEDICAL RECORDS REVIEW.

(Note: The Illinois State Police (ISP) requires medical records review by the Licensed Clinical Psychologist or Psychiatrist of ALL of the FOID Card Petitioner’s prior psychiatric admissions, hospitalization and/or mental health treatment. This presumably includes medical records review for any and/or ALL psychiatric inpatient, partial hospitalization program, intensive outpatient program, outpatient, alcohol and/or drug rehabilitation, anger management, domestic violence services, partner abuse intervention programs and ALL other mental health assessment, diagnostic and/or treatment services).

MENTAL HEALTH CERTIFICATION fees are payable, in advance, and are non-refundable.

MEDICAL RECORDS REVIEW fees are determined at the time of first visit if ALL medical records are available and are payable, in advance, and are non-refundable; MEDICAL RECORDS REVIEW fees shall be billable if ALL medical records are not available at the time of first visit and are non-refundable; fee is $250.00 per hour (or fraction, thereof).

Additional fees apply if we are called upon to provide testimony either as an examining provider of mental health certification services or as an expert witness, inclusive of travel.

All fees are subject to change. When you schedule an appointment for Mental Health Certification, the fee you are quoted for the basic Mental Health Certification will be the fee that is honored.Top of Form


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