Feb 12, 2018

How do other states handle medical employee background checks?

CARBONDALE — Other states don’t operate too differently from Illinois when it comes to medical worker background checks.
In Illinois, depending on the type of license, new employees are allowed to work for either 30 or 90 days while they await a background check. 

In an email sent. Jan. 19, Joe Scialfa, communications director for Wisconsin's Department of Children and Families, said his state gives workers less time than Illinois’ state law — 90 days — but more than Illinois’ DCFS requirement of 30 days or less.

“In Wisconsin, the Caregiver Law was enacted to protect vulnerable persons in regulated settings such as a licensed child care facility. Any person who will work as a caregiver in a child care setting must complete a self-disclosure form called the Background Information Disclosure (BID) prior to working with children. This form directs a licensed child care program to complete the caregiver background check within 60 days of the person starting to work with children.” his email says.

In another email, Scialfa said during this 60 days, these conditional employees are not to be one-on-one with children.

“... a child care center is responsible for providing direct supervision for an employee who is awaiting the results of a background check. An employee is not allowed to work/teach in a child care classroom independently until the background check has been completed,” his email says.

According to Wisconsin’s DCF website, these caregiver background checks are conducted yearly.

Missouri has a similar rule.

Rebecca L. Woelfel, communication director for the state’s Department of Social Services, wrote in an email Jan. 19, “In licensed residential treatment agencies for children and youth, employees, interns, volunteers, and contracted personnel must provide a child abuse/neglect and criminal background screening using the family care safety registry upon initial employment and annually thereafter.

“If the individual does not have a completed and clear background check at the time of hire, the employee is not allowed to supervise children until the background check is completed,” Woelfel wrote.

In a clarifying email sent February 2, Woelfel said such employees are allowed to work so long as they are supervised.
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