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WAC 388-825-335

Is a background check required of a long-term care worker employed by a home care agency licensed by the department of health?

(1) In order to be a long-term care worker employed by a home care agency, a person must:
(a) Complete the required DSHS form authorizing a background check.
(b) Disclose any disqualifying criminal convictions and pending charges as listed in chapter 388-113 WAC, and also disclose civil adjudication proceedings and negative actions as those terms are defined in WAC 388-71-0512.
(c) Effective January 8, 2012, be screened through Washington state's name and date of birth background check, (Preliminary results may require a thumb print for identification purposes); and
(d) Effective January 8, 2012, be screened through the Washington state and national fingerprint-based background check, as required by RCW 74.39A.056.
(2) Results of background checks are provided to the department and the employer or potential employer for the purpose of determining whether the person:
(a) Is disqualified based on a disqualifying criminal conviction or a pending charge for a disqualifying crime as listed in WAC 388-113-0020, civil adjudication proceeding, or negative action as defined in WAC 388-71-0512 and listed in WAC 388-71-0540; or
(b) Should or should not be employed based on his or her character, competence, and/or suitability.
(3) For those providers listed in RCW 43.43.837(1), a second national fingerprint-based background check is required if they have lived out of the state of Washington since the first national fingerprint-based background check was completed.
(4) The department may require a long-term care worker to have a Washington state name and date of birth background check or a Washington state and national fingerprint-based background check, or both, at any time.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 71A.12.030, 71A.12.120, 43.43.842, 74.39A.056, 43.20A.710. WSR 14-14-029, § 388-825-335, filed 6/24/14, effective 7/25/14. Statutory Authority: RCW 71A.12.030, 71A.12.120. WSR 05-17-135, § 388-825-335, filed 8/19/05, effective 9/19/05.]
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