Connecticut Gets Help To Fund Caregiver Background Checks

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CT gets $2M to devise caregiver screening

Connecticut will use a $2 million federal grant to devise a background-screening format for potential hires in nursing homes and other caregivers, authorities say.

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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President & Chief Operating Officer at EmployeeScreenIQ
A veteran screening and risk management professional, Jason Morris founded EmployeeScreenIQ in 1999 and acts as the company’s chief operating officer and president. Morris is a frequent speaker delivering captivating, interactive discussions on background checks, global screening, recruitment and staffing. He educates audiences in best practice initiatives as they relate to organizational employment screening programs. Morris has been quoted in numerous business and industry publications including The Wall Street Journal, MSNBC.com, USA Today, New York Times, among others. He is also a licensed private investigator in the states of Ohio, Illinois, New Jersey, Texas, Arizona and Nevada.
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