SPRINGFIELD - Reports coming out of Illinois House committee hearings in Springfield say that among others, the Department of Human Services (DHS) is asking for a budget hike to cover unexpected staff demands due to recent changes in Illinois law. For example, the DHS is asking for more funds to deal with the requests for information expected to come from the State Police as they begin processing concealed carry permit and FOID card applications.
In July, Illinois Review reported on a 6-page document sent to hospitals around the state, saying any adjustments to a patient's mental health status is to be reported immediately to the Department of Human Services. The Illinois State Police told Illinois Review they check the DHS mental health updates several times a day, and if a person is deemed unstable or dangerous to himself or the community, the state is to be notified and the person's FOID card is revoked immediately.
Illinois Review has been told several incidents of local police confiscating firearms from homes where persons have been reported to the DHS as being mentally unstable and or possibly dangerous to themselves and others.
More on Illinois hospitals, the DHS, State Police and conceal carry and FOID cards in Illinois Review's July 2013 story, "Illinois hospitals required to diagnose citizens' rights to concealed carry."