TITLE 23
Health and Safety

CHAPTER 23-17.4
Assisted Living Residence Licensing Act

SECTION 23-17.4-27


§ 23-17.4-27 Criminal records review.

(a) Any person seeking employment in any assisted living residence licensed under this act, and having routine contact with a resident or having access to a resident's belongings or funds, shall undergo a national criminal records check which shall include fingerprints submitted to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) by the bureau of criminal identification of the department of attorney general. The national criminal records check shall be processed prior to or within one week of employment. All persons who, as of September 30, 2014, are already employed by an assisted living residence and all persons who, as of such date, already provide services under this chapter, shall be exempted from the requirements of this section for purposes of their current employment only.

(b) The director of the department of health may, by rule, identify those positions requiring national criminal records checks. The employee, through the employer, shall apply to the bureau of criminal identification of the department of attorney general for a national criminal records check. Upon the discovery of any disqualifying information as defined in § 23-17.4-30, and in accordance with the rule promulgated by the director of health, the bureau of criminal identification of the department of attorney general will inform the applicant in writing of the nature of the disqualifying information; and, without disclosing the nature of the disqualifying information, will notify the employer in writing that disqualifying information has been discovered.

(c) An employee against whom disqualifying information has been found may provide a copy of the national criminal records check to the employer. The administrator shall make a judgment regarding the continued employment of the employee.

(d) In those situations in which no disqualifying information has been found, the bureau of criminal identification (BCI) of the department of attorney general shall inform the applicant and the employer in writing of this fact.

(e) The employer shall maintain on file, subject to inspection by the department of health, evidence that statewide criminal records checks have been initiated on all employees seeking employment between October 1, 1991, and September 30, 2014, and the results of the checks. The employer shall maintain on file, subject to inspection by the department of health, evidence that national criminal records checks have been initiated on all employees seeking employment on or after October 1, 2014, and the results of those checks. Failure to maintain that evidence would be grounds to revoke the license or registration of the employer.

(f) The employee shall be responsible for the cost of conducting the national criminal records check through the bureau of criminal identification of the department of attorney general.

History of Section.
(P.L. 1991, ch. 368, § 1; P.L. 1992, ch. 407, § 3; P.L. 2002, ch. 157, § 1; P.L. 2002, ch. 158, § 1; P.L. 2014, ch. 347, § 5; P.L. 2014, ch. 399, § 5.)