- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 10, 2015

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Illinois Department of Human Services reports nearly 1,300 clinicians and other health professionals have registered with the Firearm Owner Identification Mental Health Reporting System in its first year.

The system was established with the passing of the Firearm Concealed Carry Act in 2013. It requires a variety of health professionals to report patients they believe pose a clear and present danger to themselves or others.

The department says it accepted 1,286 registrations for clinicians last year. It says more than 138,500 potentially dangerous patients were reported by hospitals, nursing homes and other facilities with mental health treatment programs in 2014.

The acting secretary for the department says it appears the system is working as intended based on the numbers.


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