Connecticut Gets Help To Fund Caregiver Background Checks
October 26, 2010
CT gets $2M to devise caregiver screening
Connecticut was one of six states to receive a grant as part of the federal Affordable Care Act, the governor’s office says.
The background check program will help identify whether a job seeker has any kind of criminal history or other disqualifying information that could make him or her unsuitable to work directly with residents.
The state Departments of Public Health, Social Services and Public Safety will work together on the initiative, Gov. M. Jodi Rell said. Connecticut also must propose enabling legislation for the program in the next legislative session.
The governor said the national background check for each prospective direct patient care employee must include a history search of both state and federal criminal records, abuse and neglect registries, and databases, such as the Nurse Aide Registry.
Long-term care facilities or providers covered under the new program include nursing facilities, home health agencies, hospice providers, long-term care hospitals, and intermediate care facilities for persons with mental disabilities, adult day care, and personal care assistants.
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