SHORT ANSWER:

$1995.00 for the basic MENTAL HEALTH CERTIFICATION.

$250.00 per hour MEDICAL RECORDS REVIEW, one (1) hour minimum.

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.


LONG ANSWER:

Mental Health Certification for any Illinois FOID Card Petitioner to appeal restoration of a previously revoked FOID Card by the Illinois State Police (ISP) due to a psychiatric admission to a hospital or other psychiatric inpatient facility, as presently specified by the Illinois State Police and applicable Illinois compiled statutes, is a lengthy, rigorous and labor-intensive process.

Mental Health Certification necessitates the coordination and synthesis, by the duly-authorized licensed examining mental health professional, of several disparate “moving parts,” within defined timelines, for the FOID Card Petitioner, their respective Collateral Informants, previous and/or current healthcare providers, other relevant “informants” (e.g., Police reports, medical records, FOID Card Petitioner’s “Incident Summary,” etc.), as well as, examination results obtained by the Psychologist (or Psychiatrist) who personally renders a face-to-face, direct mental health certification and formulates a Summary Report of FOID Card Petitioner Mental Health Certification and accompanying Mental Health Certification of Firearm Possession (Mental Health Admission >5 years ago) Pursuant to: 430 ILCS 65/4(a)(2)(iv) and 430 ILCS 65/8(u) form, along with reviewing, completing and providing accompanying specified documentation, as required by ISP.

Concomitantly, 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.

The mental health professional assumes enormous professional responsibility, accountability and civil liability for engaging in the mandatory “due-diligence” required by the Illinois State Police, as well as, by the Illinois Department of Professional and Financial Regulation, consonant with prevailing community standards of ethical and professional practice, as well as, applicable Illinois statutory compliance.

Consequently, the Mental Health Certification is an extremely serious evaluative undertaking and places the Licensed Clinical Psychologist (or Psychiatrist) in the very important position of, firstly, personally rendering a mental health examination to the FOID Card Petitioner (inclusive of procuring and reviewing all pertinent, requested and obtained documentation) and, secondly, “signing off,” that a given FOID Card Petitioner, either, is or is not at suspected probable imminent risk of likely harm to self and/or to others, per the considered clinical judgement of the examining mental health provider.  

The fee for the basic MENTAL HEALTH CERTIFICATION is $1995.00. This fee is based upon a conservative estimate of approximately 10 hours of our aggregate time from start to finish (excluding review of ALL medical records, but including the Summary Report of FOID Card Petitioner Mental Health Certification and accompanying Mental Health Certification of Firearm Possession (Mental Health Admission >5 years ago) Pursuant to: 430 ILCS 65/4(a)(2)(iv) and 430 ILCS 65/8(u) form with accompanying documentation, as required by ISP.

MENTAL HEALTH CERTIFICATION fees are payable, in advance, or at the time of service and are non-refundable. Furthermore, 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; MEDICAL RECORDS REVIEW fee is $250.00 per hour (or fraction, thereof), with one (1) hour minimum.

Additional substantial 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.

Every FOID Card Petitioner who is requesting a Mental Health Certification for the restoration of a previously revoked FOID Card by the Illinois State Police for mental health reasons must convincingly demonstrate to the examining Psychologist (or Psychiatrist) that they do not pose any immediate and/or foreseeable danger, threat or risk to anyone and that they are presently, and for the foreseeable future, likely to be and to remain mentally “fit” to responsibly own, to responsibly handle and/or, to responsibly use firearms in the State of Illinois, whether concealed or not. It is the committed duty, obligation and responsibility of the Psychologist (or Psychiatrist) to carefully examine the FOID Card Petitioner in order to methodically render a valid and reliable professionally-rendered Mental Health Certification, in consideration by the Illinois State Police, whether or not there is necessary and sufficient foundation upon which ISP will restore a previously revoked FOID Card due to a mental health disqualifying reason under Illinois law.

The resultant Summary Report Mental Health Certification and the 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.

In summary, it is only after ALL of the above criteria specified by the Illinois State Police are satisfactorily met or addressed by the FOID Card Petitioner and by NICA’s Licensed Clinical Psychologist, will the one-page ISP form be completed and appended to NICA’s Summary Report of Mental Health Certification.


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