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CHILD CARE PROVIDERS

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2008 GENERAL SESSION

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STATE OF UTAH

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Chief Sponsor: Karen W. Morgan

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Senate Sponsor: Mark B. Madsen

             6      Cosponsors:
             7      Bradley M. DawJanice M. Fisher
Julie FisherSteven R. Mascaro              8     
             9      LONG TITLE
             10      General Description:
             11          This bill provides a screening process for the Department of Workforce Services to
             12      verify qualifications of certain child care providers by requiring criminal background
             13      checks.
             14      Highlighted Provisions:
             15          This bill:
             16          .    provides that criminal backgrounds checks shall be performed on:
             17              .    child care providers who are not required by current law to undergo a check
             18      through the Department of Health, Bureau of Child Care Licensing, and are not
             19      a license exempt child care center or program; and
             20              .    individuals who reside in the premises where the child care is provided;
             21          .    provides for a waiver of the fingerprint submission requirement under certain
             22      circumstances;
             23          .    allows the Utah Division of Criminal Investigation and Technical Services to give the
             24      Department of Workforce Services access to the division's data base to determine if
             25      a child care provider has been convicted of a crime;
             26          .    provides the department with access to juvenile court records for purposes of a
             27      criminal background check of certain child care providers and individuals who reside
             28      where the child care is provided;
             29          .    provides that a child care provider may not allow an individual who has been


             30      convicted of a felony or certain misdemeanors to:
             31              .    provide subsidized child care; or
             32              .    reside at the premises where subsidized child care is provided;
             33          .    requires the child care provider to pay for any costs of a background check
             34          .    provides that a person who commits a severe type of child abuse or neglect shall be
             35      disqualified from receiving state funds as a child care provider; and
             36          .    allows individuals designated by the Department of Workforce Services and
             37      approved by the Department of Human Services to have access to the Division of
             38      Child and Family Services' Licensing Information System for the purpose of
             39      checking the background of child care providers.
             40      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             41          None
             42      Other Special Clauses:
             43          None
             44      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             45      AMENDS:
             46          62A-4a-1005, as renumbered and amended by Laws of Utah 2006, Chapter 77
             47          62A-4a-1006, as renumbered and amended by Laws of Utah 2006, Chapter 77
             48      ENACTS:
             49          35A-3-310.5, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             50     
             51      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             52          Section 1. Section 35A-3-310.5 is enacted to read:
             53          35A-3-310.5. Child care providers -- Criminal background checks -- Payment of
             54      costs -- Prohibitions -- Department rules.
             55          (1) This section applies to a child care provider who:
             56          (a) is selected by an applicant for, or a recipient of, a child care assistance payment;
             57          (b) is not required to undergo a criminal background check with the Department of


             58      Health, Bureau of Child Care Licensing;
             59          (c) is not a license exempt child care center or program; and
             60          (d) is an eligible child care provider under department rules made in accordance with
             61      Title 63, Chapter 46a, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act.
             62          (2) (a) Each child care provider identified under Subsection (1) shall submit to the
             63      department the name and other identifying information, which shall include a set of fingerprints,
             64      of:
             65          (i) existing, new, and proposed providers of child care; and
             66          (ii) individuals who are at least 18 years of age and reside in the premises where the
             67      child care is provided.
             68          (b) The department may waive the fingerprint requirement under Subsection (2)(a) for
             69      an individual who has:
             70          (i) resided in Utah for five years prior to the required submission; or
             71          (ii) (A) previously submitted a set of fingerprints under this section for a national
             72      criminal history record check; and
             73          (B) resided in Utah continuously since submitting the fingerprints.
             74          (c) The Utah Division of Criminal Investigation and Technical Services shall process
             75      and conduct background checks on all individuals as requested by the department, including
             76      submitting the fingerprints to the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation for a national criminal
             77      history background check of the individual.
             78          (d) If the department waives the fingerprint requirement under Subsection (2)(b), the
             79      Utah Division of Criminal Investigation and Technical Services may allow the department or its
             80      representative access to the division's data base to determine whether the individual has been
             81      convicted of a crime.
             82          (e) The child care provider shall pay the cost of the history background check provided
             83      under Subsection (2)(c).
             84          (3) (a) Each child care provider identified under Subsection (1) shall submit to the
             85      department the name and other identifying information of an individual, age 12 through 17, who


             86      resides in the premises where the child care is provided.
             87          (b) The identifying information referred to in Subsection (3)(a) does not include
             88      fingerprints.
             89          (c) The department or its representative shall access juvenile court records to determine
             90      whether an individual described in Subsection (2) or (3)(a) has been adjudicated in juvenile
             91      court of committing an act which, if committed by an adult, would be a felony or misdemeanor
             92      if:
             93          (i) the individual described in Subsection (2) is under the age of 28; or
             94          (ii) the individual described in Subsection (2):
             95          (A) is over the age of 28; and
             96          (B) has been convicted of, has pleaded no contest to, or is currently subject to a plea in
             97      abeyance or diversion agreement for a felony or misdemeanor.
             98          (4) Except as provided in Subsection (5), a child care provider under this section may
             99      not permit an individual who has been convicted of, has pleaded no contest to, or is currently
             100      subject to a plea in abeyance or diversion agreement for a felony or misdemeanor, or if
             101      Subsection (3)(b) applies, an individual who has been adjudicated in juvenile court of
             102      committing an act which if committed by an adult would be a felony or misdemeanor to:
             103          (a) provide subsidized child care; or
             104          (b) reside at the premises where subsidized child care is provided.
             105          (5) (a) The department may make a rule in accordance with Title 63, Chapter 46a, Utah
             106      Administrative Rulemaking Act, to exempt the following from the restrictions of Subsection (4):
             107          (i) a specific misdemeanor;
             108          (ii) a specific act adjudicated in juvenile court, which if committed by an adult would be
             109      a misdemeanor; and
             110          (iii) background checks of individuals other than the provider who are residing at the
             111      premises where subsidized child care is provided if that child care is provided in the child's
             112      home.
             113          (b) In accordance with criteria established by rule, the executive director or the


             114      director's designee may consider and exempt individual cases, not otherwise exempt under
             115      Subsection (5)(a), from the restrictions of Subsection (4).
             116          (6) In accordance with Title 63, Chapter 46a, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act, the
             117      department shall establish by rule:
             118          (a) whether a child care subsidy payment should be made prior to the completion of a
             119      background check, particularly in the case of a delay in making or completing the background
             120      check; and
             121          (b) if, and how often, a child care provider must resubmit the information required
             122      under Subsections (2) and (3).
             123          Section 2. Section 62A-4a-1005 is amended to read:
             124           62A-4a-1005. Supported finding of a severe type of child abuse or neglect --
             125      Notation in Licensing Information System -- Juvenile court petition or notice to alleged
             126      perpetrator -- Rights of alleged perpetrator -- Juvenile court finding.
             127          (1) If the division makes a supported finding that a person committed a severe type of
             128      child abuse or neglect, the division shall:
             129          (a) serve notice of the finding on the alleged perpetrator;
             130          (b) enter the following information into the Licensing Information System created in
             131      Section 62A-4a-1006 :
             132          (i) the name and other identifying information of the perpetrator with the supported
             133      finding, without identifying the person as a perpetrator or alleged perpetrator; and
             134          (ii) a notation to the effect that an investigation regarding the person is pending; and
             135          (c) if the division considers it advisable, file a petition for substantiation within one year
             136      of the supported finding.
             137          (2) The notice referred to in Subsection (1)(a):
             138          (a) shall state that:
             139          (i) the division has conducted an investigation regarding alleged child abuse or neglect;
             140          (ii) the division has made a supported finding that the alleged perpetrator described in
             141      Subsection (1) committed a severe type of child abuse or neglect;


             142          (iii) facts gathered by the division support the supported finding;
             143          (iv) as a result of the supported finding, the alleged perpetrator's name and other
             144      identifying information have been listed in the Licensing Information System in accordance with
             145      Subsection (1)(b);
             146          (v) the alleged perpetrator may be disqualified from adopting a child, receiving state
             147      funds as a child care provider, or being licensed by:
             148          (A) the department;
             149          (B) a human services licensee;
             150          (C) a child care provider or program; or
             151          (D) a covered health care facility;
             152          (vi) the alleged perpetrator has the rights described in Subsection (3); and
             153          (vii) failure to take either action described in Subsection (3)(a) within one year after
             154      service of the notice will result in the action described in Subsection (3)(b);
             155          (b) shall include a general statement of the nature of the findings; and
             156          (c) may not include:
             157          (i) the name of a victim or witness; or
             158          (ii) any privacy information related to the victim or a witness.
             159          (3) (a) Upon receipt of the notice described in Subsection (2), the alleged perpetrator
             160      [shall have] has the right to:
             161          (i) file a written request asking the division to review the findings made under
             162      Subsection (1);
             163          (ii) except as provided in Subsection (3)(c), immediately petition the juvenile court
             164      under Section 78-3a-320 ; or
             165          (iii) sign a written consent to:
             166          (A) the supported finding made under Subsection (1); and
             167          (B) entry into the Licensing Information System of:
             168          (I) the alleged perpetrator's name; and
             169          (II) other information regarding the supported finding made under Subsection (1).


             170          (b) Except as provided in Subsection (3)(e), the alleged perpetrator's name and the
             171      information described in Subsection (1)(b) shall remain in the Licensing Information System:
             172          (i) if the alleged perpetrator fails to take the action described in Subsection (3)(a) within
             173      one year after service of the notice described in Subsections (1)(a) and (2);
             174          (ii) during the time that the division awaits a response from the alleged perpetrator
             175      pursuant to Subsection (3)(a); and
             176          (iii) until a court determines that the severe type of child abuse or neglect upon which
             177      the Licensing Information System entry was based is unsubstantiated or without merit.
             178          (c) The alleged perpetrator has no right to petition the juvenile court under Subsection
             179      (3)(a)(ii) if the court previously held a hearing on the same alleged incident of abuse or neglect
             180      pursuant to the filing of a petition under Section 78-3a-305 by some other party.
             181          (d) Consent under Subsection (3)(a)(iii) by a child shall be given by the child's parent or
             182      guardian.
             183          (e) Regardless of whether an appeal on the matter is pending:
             184          (i) the division shall remove an alleged perpetrator's name and the information described
             185      in Subsection (1)(b) [shall be removed] from the Licensing Information System if the severe
             186      type of child abuse or neglect upon which the Licensing Information System entry was based:
             187          (A) is found to be unsubstantiated or without merit by the juvenile court under Section
             188      78-3a-320 ; or
             189          (B) is found to be substantiated, but is subsequently reversed on appeal; and
             190          (ii) the division shall place back on the Licensing Information System an alleged
             191      perpetrator's name and information that is removed from the Licensing Information System
             192      under Subsection (3)(e)(i) [shall be placed back on the Licensing Information System] if the
             193      court action that was the basis for removing the alleged perpetrator's name and information is
             194      subsequently reversed on appeal.
             195          (4) Upon the filing of a petition under Subsection (1)(c), the juvenile court shall make a
             196      finding of substantiated, unsubstantiated, or without merit as provided in Subsections
             197      78-3a-320 (1) and (2).


             198          (5) Service of the notice described in Subsections (1)(a) and (2):
             199          (a) shall be personal service in accordance with Utah Rules of Civil Procedure, Rule 4;
             200      and
             201          (b) does not preclude civil or criminal action against the alleged perpetrator.
             202          Section 3. Section 62A-4a-1006 is amended to read:
             203           62A-4a-1006. Licensing Information System -- Contents -- Juvenile court finding
             204      -- Protected record -- Access -- Criminal penalty.
             205          (1) (a) The division shall maintain a sub-part of the Management Information System
             206      established pursuant to Section 62A-4a-1003 , to be known as the Licensing Information
             207      System, to be used:
             208          (i) for licensing purposes; or
             209          (ii) as otherwise specifically provided for by law.
             210          (b) The Licensing Information System shall include only the following information:
             211          (i) the information described in Subsections 62A-4a-1005 (1)(b) and (3)(b);
             212          (ii) consented-to supported findings by alleged perpetrators under Subsection
             213      62A-4a-1005 (3)(a)(iii); and
             214          (iii) the information in the licensing part of the division's Management Information
             215      System as of May 6, 2002.
             216          (2) Notwithstanding Subsection (1), the department's access to information in the
             217      Management Information System for the licensure and monitoring of foster parents is governed
             218      by Sections 62A-4a-1003 and 62A-2-121 .
             219          (3) Subject to Subsection 62A-4a-1005 (3)(e), upon receipt of a finding from the
             220      juvenile court under Section 78-3a-320 , the division shall:
             221          (a) promptly amend the Licensing Information System; and
             222          (b) enter the information in the Management Information System.
             223          (4) (a) Information contained in the Licensing Information System is classified as a
             224      protected record under Title 63, Chapter 2, Government Records Access and Management Act.
             225          (b) Notwithstanding the disclosure provisions of Title 63, Chapter 2, Government


             226      Records Access and Management Act, the information contained in the Licensing Information
             227      System may only be used or disclosed as specifically provided in this chapter and Section
             228      62A-2-121 .
             229          (c) The information described in Subsection (4)(b) is accessible only to:
             230          (i) the Office of Licensing within the department:
             231          (A) for licensing purposes; or
             232          (B) as otherwise specifically provided for by law;
             233          (ii) the division to:
             234          (A) screen a person at the request of the Office of the Guardian Ad Litem Director:
             235          (I) at the time that person seeks a paid or voluntary position with the Office of the
             236      Guardian Ad Litem Director; and
             237          (II) on an annual basis, throughout the time that the person remains with the Office of
             238      Guardian Ad Litem Director; and
             239          (B) respond to a request for information from a person whose name is listed in the
             240      Licensing Information System;
             241          (iii) [two] persons designated by [and within] the Department of Health and approved
             242      by the Department of Human Services, only for the following purposes:
             243          (A) licensing a child care program or provider; or
             244          (B) determining whether a person associated with a covered health care facility, as
             245      defined by the Department of Health by rule, who provides direct care to a child, has a
             246      supported finding of a severe type of child abuse or neglect; [and]
             247          (iv) persons designated by the Department of Workforce Services and approved by the
             248      Department of Human Services for the purpose of qualifying child care providers under Section
             249      35A-3-310.5 ; and
             250          [(iv)] (v) the department, as specifically provided in this chapter.
             251          (5) The [two] persons designated by the Department of Health under Subsection
             252      (4)(c)(iii) and the persons designated by the Department of Workforce Services under
             253      Subsection (4)(c)(iv) shall adopt measures to:


             254          (a) protect the security of the Licensing Information System; and
             255          (b) strictly limit access to the Licensing Information System to those persons designated
             256      by statute.
             257          (6) All persons designated by statute as having access to information contained in the
             258      Licensing Information System shall be approved by the Department of Human Services and
             259      receive training from the department with respect to:
             260          (a) accessing the Licensing Information System;
             261          (b) maintaining strict security; and
             262          (c) the criminal provisions of Sections 62A-4a-412 and 63-2-801 pertaining to the
             263      improper release of information.
             264          (7) (a) A person, except those authorized by this chapter, may not request another
             265      person to obtain or release any other information in the Licensing Information System to screen
             266      for potential perpetrators of child abuse or neglect.
             267          (b) A person who requests information knowing that it is a violation of this Subsection
             268      (7) to do so is subject to the criminal penalty described in Sections 62A-4a-412 and 63-2-801 .


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