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Minnesota Healthcare Background Check

Background research is required by individuals who work in certain human and medical services and those who work in child care facilities if they provide services or have direct interaction with the people served. DHS also conducts background studies for other individuals, including guardians, or who intend to adopt the child of their choice. The Minnesota lawful statutes regulate the background study procedure for those required to start background investigations.


An investigation determines if someone has committed an offense that would make them ineligible for providing services. The requirements for conducting the background investigation differ depending on the kind of work or service the person is expected to provide and the individual's history.

DHS conducts background research on more than fifty different provider types, including over 3,000 organizations, with many of them having specific requirements for background studies. For 2020 DHS has received over 464,000 background studies.

The transition to full compliance research continues.

DHS has until January. 1st, 2023 for the transition to fingerprint-based study. Check out the latest news on this movie from the emergency study to be fully compliant.

A temporary waiver from direct contact surveillance requirements

DHS is exercising its power under the state's law and temporarily abolishing the compulsory supervisory requirements regarding direct contacts for new employees while background checks are processed. The waiver is in place through Jan. 1st, 2023. The waiver doesn't apply to study types subject to federal requirements for supervision of specific programs or in programs where laws in the state prohibit working when a study is in the procedure. Find more information on the waiver and types of studies.

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) conducts background checks about individuals before allowing them to offer any direct contact services. In the case of nursing homes and boarding care facilities, they must be screened before they can access the residents' belongings and personal items. These are the facilities licensed by DHS, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and MDH, the Department of Corrections (for programs that serve children and youth), and non-licensed personal care organizations. The background research includes extensive criminal histories obtained from the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and information from the county's child and adult protection agencies, DHS, and MDH.

Certain crimes are automatically disqualified from contact with and access. The conviction of such crimes can cause individuals to be disqualified for seven, 10, or 15 years, or even for life (see the section below). In addition, any conviction for an offense that is disqualifying regardless of a charge or conviction can be disqualified because of the criteria preponderance of the evidence, meaning that something occurred more likely. This could happen in various ways, and there are three scenarios to consider. The first is that someone who was granted an adjudication stay and was not convicted on their criminal record may still be disqualified based on the guilty plea. A second possibility is that anyone who was cleared after an appeal could be disqualified if the jury concluded that the state could not demonstrate their guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, and the DHS commissioner might decide that they had committed the crime that disqualifies them under the less stringent preponderance standard evidence. The third option is anyone who was not indicted may still be disqualified if there was a police investigation of the suspected disqualifying crime that DHS utilized to claim that the incident was committed in line with the preponderance of evidence standard. Learn more about the Minnesota healthcare background check

If you are employed in a profession subject to DHS background investigations and have been charged with a crime, call one of our lawyers immediately at 763.421.6366.

 

DISQUALIFYING CRIMES

 

Permanent disqualification

  • Persecution of predatory offender registration regulation, Minn. Stat. SS 243.166;
  • First-degree murder, Minn. Stat. SS 609.185;
  • Second-degree murder Minn. Stat. SS 609.19;
  • Third-degree murder, Minn. Stat. SS 609.195;
  • Manslaughter in the First Degree, Minn. Stat. SS 609.20;
  • In the 2nd degree, manslaughter Minn. Stat. SS 609.205;
  • The affliction of felonies in the second or first level, Minn. Stat. SS 609.221 or 609.222;
  • Domestic assault or spousal abuse, child neglect or abuse, or a crime that is committed against children Minn. Stat. SS 609.2242 and 609.2243;
  • Strangulation of a domestic victim, Minn. Stat. SS 609.2247;
  • A great bodily injury caused by drug distribution, Minn. Stat. SS 609.228;
  • Robbery with a felony, Minn. Stat. SS 609.245;
  • Kidnapping, Minn. Stat. SS 609.25;
  • Involvement of an unborn infant with the intent to murder, Minn. Stat. SS 609.2661;
  • The murder of unborn infant at the 2nd degree Minn. Stat. SS 609.2662;
  • The murder of an unborn baby within the 3rd degree Minn. Stat. SS 609.2663;
  • Incentives, solicitation, and promotion of prostitution Minn. Stat. SS 609.322;
  • Prostitution, Minn. Stat. SS 609.324, subdivision 1;
  • Sexual misconduct of the initial degree Minn. Stat. SS 609.342;
  • Sexual misconduct of the 2nd degree Minn. Stat. SS 609.343;
  • Sexual assault in the third degree Minn. Stat. SS 609.344;
  • Sexual assault that is in violation of the 4th degree Minn. Stat. SS 609.345;
  • Criminal sexual misconduct in the fifth degree Minn. Stat. SS 609.3451;
  • Sexual predatory behavior that is criminal, Minn. Stat. SS 609.3453;
  • Inviting children to participate in sexual activities, Minn. Stat. SS 609.352;
  • Incest, Minn. Stat. SS 609.365;
  • A felony of maliciously punishing an infant, Minn. Stat. SS 609.377;
  • Endangering or neglecting an infant, Minn. Stat. SS 609.378;
  • The first-degree arson offense, Minn. Stat. SS 609.561;
  • Drive-by shooting, Minn. Stat. SS 609.66, subdivision 1e;
  • Felony-level stalking, Minn. Stat. SS 609.749 subdivision 3 3, 5, or 4;
  • Shooting on or inside a public transit vehicle or in a public facility Minn. Stat. SS 609.855, subdivision 5;
  • A minor, indecent exposure, Minn. Stat. SS 617.23, subdivision 2, clause (1), or subdivision 3, clause (1);
  • Minors' involvement in sexual performances is prohibited Minn. Stat. SS 617.246; or
  • Possession of pictures of minors Minn. Stat. SS 617.247.
  • 15-Year Exclusion (Felony within 15 years of Sentence Discharge)
  • Incorrectly requesting assistance, Minn. Stat. SS 256.98;
  • False representation and concealment of fact, Minn. Stat. SS 268.182;
  • Federal Food Stamp Program fraud, Minn. Stat. SS 393.07, subdivision 10, paragraph (c);
  • Felon ineligible to own firearms, Minn. Stat. SS 609.165;
  • Criminal vehicular homicides or injuries, Minn. Stat. SS 609.2112, 609.2113, or 609.2114;
  • Suicide, Minn. Stat. SS 609.215;
  • Assault in the third degree or 4th degree Minn. Stat. SS 609.223 or 609.2231;
  • Infractions in the 5th degree of assault repeat offenders, Minn. Stat. SS 609.224;
  • Crimes committed to benefit a group, Minn. Stat. SS 609.229;
  • Sexual assault of an adult who is vulnerable, Minn. Stat. SS 609.2325;
  • Financial victimization of a vulnerable adult, Minn. Stat. SS 609.2335;
  • Drugs used to cause injury or encourage crime Minn. Stat. SS 609.235;
  • Simple robbery Minn. Stat. SS 609.24;
  • False imprisonment Minn. Stat. SS 609.255;
  • Manslaughter of an unborn baby at the time of birth, Minn. Stat. SS 609.2664;
  • Manslaughter of a child born with the intent to kill in second degree Minn. Stat. SS 609.2665;
  • The assault of an unborn baby with the intent to harm a child in the 1st degree Minn. Stat. SS 609.267;
  • The affliction of an unborn child at the 2nd degree Minn. Stat. SS 609.2671;
  • Death or injury to unborn children in the perspective of committing a crime, Minn. Stat. SS 609.268;
  • Coercion, Minn. Stat. SS 609.27;
  • Try to force, Minn. Stat. SS 609.275;
  • Medical assistance fraud Minn. Stat. SS 609.466;
  • Aiding an offender Minn. Stat. SS 609.495;
  • They were tampering in the first degree or in the first degree with a witness Minn. Stat. SS 609.498 subdivision 1. and 1b.
  • Theft, Minn. Stat. SS 609.52;
  • Possession of shoplifting tools, Minn. Stat. SS 609.521;
  • Importing stolen merchandise in Minnesota, Minn. Stat. SS 609.525;
  • Identification theft Minn. Stat. SS 609.527;
  • Receiving stolen property, Minn. Stat. SS 609.53;
  • Issue of a dishonored check, Minn. Stat. SS 609.535;
  • The second degree of arson Minn. Stat. SS 609.562;
  • Third-degree arson Minn. Stat. SS 609.563;
  • Burglary, Minn. Stat. SS 609.582;
  • Possession of tools for burglary, Minn. Stat. SS 609.59;
  • Insurer fraud Minn. Stat. SS 609.611;
  • Forgery with a degree of seriousness, Minn. Stat. SS 609.625;
  • Forgery, Minn. Stat. SS 609.63;
  • Check forgery and offer an unforged check Minn. Stat. SS 609.631;
  • To obtain signatures, a person must use a pretense, Minn. Stat. SS 609.635;
  • Hazardous weapons, Minn. Stat. SS 609.66;
  • Short-barreled shotguns, machine guns, and shotguns, Minn. Stat. SS 609.67;
  • Adulteration, Minn. Stat. SS 609.687;
  • Riot, Minn. Stat. SS 609.71;
  • Terrorist threats, Minn. Stat. SS 609.713;
  • Credit card fraud, Minn. Stat. SS 609.82;
  • Fraud with a financial transaction card, Minn. Stat. SS 609.821;
  • Innocent exposure that does not involve minors, Minn. Stat. SS 617.23;
  • Performances and materials that are obscene repeated offenses, Minn. Stat. SS 617.241;
  • Certain people are not permitted to own guns, Minn. Stat. SS 624.713;
  • Controlled substances, drugs, Chapter 152 or
  • A felony conviction that involves drinking or using drugs.

 

10-Year Disqualification (Gross Misdemeanor within 10 Years of the date of discharge from the sentence)

 

  • Incorrectly obtaining help, Minn. Stat. SS 256.98;
  • False representation and concealment of fact, Minn. Stat. SS 268.182;
  • Federal Food Stamp Program fraud, Minn. Stat. SS 393.07, subdivision 10, paragraph (c);
  • Criminal vehicular homicides or injuries, Minn. Stat. SS 609.2112, 609.2113, or 609.2114;
  • Assault in the second or first level, Minn. Stat. SS 609.221 or 609.222;
  • Assault in the third degree or the fourth degree Minn. Stat. SS 609.223 or 609.2231;
  • Fifth-degree assault Minn. Stat. SS 609.224;
  • Fifth-degree assault by a caregiver towards an adult in need, Minn. Stat. SS 609.224, subdivision 2, paragraph (c);
  • Domestic attack, Minn. Stat. SS 609.2242 and 609.2243;
  • Discrimination against prisoners, Minn. Stat. SS 609.23;
  • Treatment of patients or residents, Minn. Stat. SS 609.231;
  • Sexual assault of a vulnerable adult Minn. Stat. SS 609.2325;
  • The criminal negligence of a vulnerable adult, Minn. Stat. SS 609.233;
  • Financial victimization of a vulnerable adult, Minn. Stat. SS 609.2335;
  • Inability to report the abuse of an adult who is vulnerable, Minn. Stat. SS 609.234;
  • Abduction, Minn. Stat. SS 609.265;
  • Try to force, Minn. Stat. SS 609.275;
  • Minors engaged in prostitution Minn. Stat. SS 609.324, subdivision 1a;
  • House in disorder, Minn. Stat. SS 609.33;
  • Punishment for a cruel child, Minn. Stat. SS 609.377;
  • The neglect or hazarding of children, Minn. Stat. SS 609.378;
  • Medical assistance fraud Minn. Stat. SS 609.466;
  • Theft, Minn. Stat. SS 609.52;
  • Transferring stolen merchandise to Minnesota, Minn. Stat. SS 609.525;
  • Identification theft Minn. Stat. SS 609.527;
  • Receiving stolen property, Minn. Stat. SS 609.53;
  • Issue of a dishonored check, Minn. Stat. SS 609.535;
  • Burglary, Minn. Stat. SS 609.582;
  • Possession of tools for burglary, Minn. Stat. SS 609.59;
  • Fraud in insurance, Minn. Stat. SS 609.611;
  • Check forgery and offering the forged check Minn. Stat. SS 609.631;
  • Hazardous weapons, Minn. Stat. SS 609.66;
  • Riot, Minn. Stat. SS 609.71;
  • Conduct that is disruptive to an adult who is vulnerable, Minn. Stat. SS 609.72, subdivision 3;
  • Invasion of privacy (repeat offenders), Minn. Stat. SS 609.746;
  • Stalking, Minn. Stat. SS 609.749, subdivision 2;
  • Inability to obtain credit Minn. Stat. SS 609.82;
  • Fraud on financial transactions, Minn. Stat. SS 609.821;
  • Innocent exposure that does not involve minors, Minn. Stat. SS 617.23;
  • Performances and materials that are obscene, Minn. Stat. SS 617.241;
  • Indecent literature, distribution, Minn. Stat. SS 617.243;
  • Dissemination, distribution, and display to minors are not permitted, Minn. Stat. SS 617.293 (); or
  • The violation of an order of security, Minn. Stat. SS 518B.01, subdivision 14.

 

Seven-year disqualification (Misdemeanor In the Seven Years of the Discharge from Sentence)

 

  • Not receiving assistance correctly, Minn. Stat. SS 256.98;
  • False representation and denial of fact, Minn. Stat. SS 268.182;
  • Federal Food Stamp Program fraud, Minn. Stat. SS 393.07, subdivision 10(c);
  • Criminal vehicular homicides or injuries, Minn. Stat. SS 609.2112, 609.2113, or 609.2114;
  • In the First Degree of Assault Minn. Stat. SS 609.221;
  • Second-degree assault Minn. Stat. SS 609.222;
  • Third-degree assault, Minn. Stat. SS 609.223;
  • Fourth-degree assault Minn. Stat. SS 609.2231;
  • Fifth-degree assault Minn. Stat. SS 609.224;
  • Domestic attack, Minn. Stat. SS 609.2242;
  • The financial exploitation of an unprotected adult 609.2335;
  • Inability to report the abuse of a vulnerable adult Minn. Stat. SS 609.234;
  • The assault of an unborn baby to the degree of the third degree Minn. Stat. SS 609.2672;
  • Coercion, Minn. Stat. SS 609.27;
  • The violation of an order of security, Minn. Stat. SS 609.3232;
  • Medical assistance fraud Minn. Stat. SS 609.466;
  • Theft, Minn. Stat. SS 609.52;
  • Transferring stolen merchandise in Minnesota, Minn. Stat. SS 609.525;
  • Identification theft Minn. Stat. SS 609.527;
  • Receiving stolen property, Minn. Stat. SS 609.53;
  • Issue of a dishonored check, Minn. Stat. SS 609.535;
  • Insurer fraud Minn. Stat. SS 609.611;
  • Hazardous weapons, Minn. Stat. SS 609.66;
  • Spring guns, Minn. Stat. SS 609.665;
  • Privacy invasion, Minn. Stat. SS 609.746;
  • Calls to the phone that are harassing or inappropriate, Minn. Stat. SS 609.79;
  • Letter package, telegram, or letter opening; harassment Minn. Stat. SS 609.795;
  • Inability to obtain credit Minn. Stat. SS 609.82;
  • Fraud with a financial transaction card, Minn. Stat. SS 609.821;
  • Unintentional exposure which does not cause minors, Minn. Stat. SS 617.23;
  • Material that is harmful, dissemination and display of which is prohibited to minors, Minn. Stat. SS 617.293; or
  • Failure to comply with an order to protect following Section 518B.01 (Domestic Abuse Act).

Updated on 2022-11-04 19:33:49 by larry coleman

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