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Rhode Island Healthcare Background Check

Complete background screenings are required for healthcare workers who work in institutions that deal with the elderly, children, or disabled. So what is the reason that certain hospitals or states are not willing to conduct background checks on every candidate before granting employment? As we saw in California, background checks for health care workers in homes aren't conducted unless the individual receiving care (or relatives) requests one.

Rhode Island, on the contrary, recognizes the importance of background checks for recruiting healthcare employees, specifically those who work with patients who are elderly. An article in the Providence Journal states that The population of seniors in the state is growing (20 percent of the state population is projected to be older in 2030), and the need for healthcare professionals will increase due to this increase. However, the state is not equipped with a background check policy. In effect, it leaves health facilities and hospitals free to assess applicants in their way. Unfortunately, this means that hospitals and healthcare facilities aren't required to check every applicant for employment, which increases the possibility of a job that is offered to a person who has been convicted of a crime.

Rhode Island's plan targets those with criminal records which could benefit from the disabled and elderly. Healthcare and medical facilities typically conduct background checks via the attorney general's office; generally, only state records are scrutinized. However, the law could require institutions and health care facilities to carry out national and state background checks for every applicant.

While it is more expensive, doing background checks for each person applying for a position allows for better healthcare facilities and creates a team of employees who do not present a risk to patients. We have seen many times here that the inability to conduct rigorous background screenings, whether for a teaching job at a school or be employed in a nursing facility or childcare center, is putting the patients in need of care at risk. It also costs thousands of dollars later on the road. Learn more about the Rhode Island healthcare background check.

SS 23-17-34 Review of criminal records Nursing facilities, home nursing caregivers, and providers of home-based care. - (a) Anyone who is seeking to work in a facility, home nursing care provider, or a home care service provider who must be registered, licensed, or certified by the health department, if their work involves frequent contact with a resident or a patient with no other employees, must undergo an investigation of police background check to be initiated before or within one week of the date of employment. Employees hired before the passage of this section are exempt from the obligations in this subsection.

(b) The department's director can determine by rule the posts that require background checks. The employee identified through the employer should apply to the bureau of criminal identification in the state police department or the local police department for a state-wide criminal record check. Fingerprinting is not required. Suppose any discrepancies in the definitions in SS 23-17-37 comply with the rules promulgated by the director of health. In that case, the department of criminal identification in the police department of state or municipal police will notify the applicant in writing about what the information disqualifies and, without disclosing details of the information that disqualifies the applicant, the employer will be informed in writing that the disqualifying information has been discovered.

(c) An employee for whom disqualifying information was discovered may request an official copy of the criminal background check be provided to the employer, who will decide on the employee's continuing employment.

(d) In cases where no discrepancy information is discovered, the bureau of the criminal identity of state police or local police must inform the applicant and the employer in writing of the fact.

(e) Employers must keep on file and subject to examination from the health department proof that criminal record checks have been conducted for all employees who applied for jobs on or after October 1, 1991. The outcomes of those checks. Failure to keep this evidence will constitute grounds for revocation of the registration or license of the employer.

(f) It is the duty of the bureau of identity for criminals of state police or municipal police to carry out a criminal record check for applicants for employment at no cost to either the worker or the company.


The History of Section.

(P.L. 1991, ch. 368; SS 3. P.L. 1992, ch. 407 SS 1. P.L. 1993, ch. 306, SS 1; P.L. 1996, ch. 301, SS 2.)

From May 5, 2021, until April 30, 2023, the RIAG can temporarily suspend all fees for the thorough background check for child care personnel and shift the expenses to DHS to pay back quarterly invoices.

The cost for the previous time to process and complete these thorough background checks was $40 per person ($35/per individual for a complete fingerprint and $5 for an individual BCI).

The child care center staff and parents of children and household residents will be required to sign an Affidavit signed by the owner (form found below) from the DHS-licensed employer that confirms the employment before taking RIAG to conduct the thorough background check. A signed affidavit is the only free way to obtain a thorough fingerprint. If you don't have an affidavit signed by the RIAG, their office will not be able to confirm that you are an employee of a childcare facility.

The cost for fingerprints is waived and can only be used in the office of the Attorney General. Local police, at their discretion, will still provide comprehensive fingerprints, but this fee is only accessible at the RIAG's office in Cranston, Rhode Island.

Rhode Island Healthcare Background Checks

As of 2015, under federal CCDF law, All employees who DHS-licensed childcare providers employ must pass an extensive background check before employment. Since the federal requirement was put into place by Rhode Island, DHS has been working to consolidate background checks to the RI Attorney General's Office (RIAG).

A complete background check consists of the following:

The RI Child Abuse, as well as Neglect Registry Check, is only available through the Department of Children, Youth, and Families (formerly called a CANTS Check)

  • National FBI Fingerprint Criminal History Check
  • Criminal state background check for RI (also called BCI) BCI) (If the fingerprints are taken in RI, the state, the check is part of the national. If fingerprints were collected outside of RI, the state criminal BCI is required.)
  • State Sex Offender Registry (RISOR)
  • National Sex Offender Registry (NSOR)
  • Interstate Criminal, Sex Offender Registry, as well as Child Abuse and Neglect Registry ( for any individual who was a resident outside Rhode Island in the previous five years)

Beginning in December, The Rhode Island Attorney General will take any employees for fingerprinting at the point of entry. Therefore, it is imperative for staff members on the Child Care Licensing team that you can employ, onboard, and train your staff to ensure that they adhere to the regulations for child care. You are still allowed to visit the state police and your local barracks if needed, and the Attorney General will take the fingerprints of the new employees for you right away. A thorough background check at the Attorney General's office costs $40.00.

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

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