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Recognizing and Reporting Red Flags: What Mental Health Practitioners Should Know About the Firearm Owners Identification Card Act and the Firearms Restraining Order Act presented by Eric Seeleman, an Assistant State’s Attorney with the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office, on Tuesday, October 26, 2021 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm via Zoom.

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FREE: 1 CEU for LSW/LCSW, LPC/LCPC, Psychologists (IAODAPCA pending)

Objectives:

Attendees will gain a better understanding of the legal requirements under the Illinois Firearm Owners Identification Card Act (“FOID”) (which amended the Mental Health Code) with respect to reporting individuals who pose a “clear and present danger.”

Attendees will gain a better understanding of the requirements for a legal petition under the Firearms Restraining Order Act (“FROA”) with respect to actions that may be taken in relation to individuals who pose a “significant danger.”

Attendees will gain a better understanding of the mechanics and consequences of taking action under these laws.

Summary:

There are several laws in Illinois that establish procedures for limiting access to guns for individuals experiencing mental health conditions that make them a “clear and present danger” or “significant danger.” However, some practitioners may be uncertain as to when reporting such situations is required or discretionary and who should or must report. This presentation aims to illuminate the key provisions of the laws to help practitioners better understanding when action may (or must) be taken pursuant to FOID and/or FROA .

Presenter Bio:

Eric Seeleman is an Assistant State’s Attorney with the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office where he practices law in the Civil Division and focuses on involuntary admission and treatment cases under the Mental Health code, prosecution of ordinance violations, the Freedom of Information Act, criminal child support, along with a variety of other local government legal issues.

Previously, Eric practiced law for seven years in Honolulu, Hawaii where he resolved disputes involving trust and estates, business, employment, and real property in both state and federal courts.

Eric obtained his Juris Doctorate from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and his Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, from the University of Pittsburgh.

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