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HUMAN SERVICES BACKGROUND CHECKS AMENDMENTS

             2     
2013 GENERAL SESSION

             3     
STATE OF UTAH

             4     
Chief Sponsor: Allen M. Christensen

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House Sponsor: Ronda Rudd Menlove

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             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill modifies Title 62A, Chapter 2, Licensure of Programs and Facilities, by
             10      extending the pilot program for expedited background checks for a qualified human
             11      services applicant.
             12      Highlighted Provisions:
             13          This bill:
             14          .    extends the pilot program for expedited background checks for a qualified human
             15      services applicant to 2017;
             16          .    requires the Office of Licensing to report to the Health and Human Services Interim
             17      Committee during the 2016 interim on the functioning of the pilot program and
             18      whether it should be modified or extended; and
             19          .    makes technical changes.
             20      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             21          None
             22      Other Special Clauses:
             23          None
             24      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             25      AMENDS:
             26          62A-2-120.5, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2010, Chapter 365
             27     
             28      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             29          Section 1. Section 62A-2-120.5 is amended to read:


             30           62A-2-120.5. Pilot program for expedited background check of a qualified
             31      human services applicant.
             32          (1) As used in this section:
             33          (a) "Business day" means a day on which the office is open.
             34          (b) "Qualified human services applicant" means a person who:
             35          (i) is associated with a licensee that provides services, under contract with the Division
             36      of Services for People with Disabilities, to a person with a disability; and
             37          (ii) has not lived outside of Utah for the five years immediately preceding the day on
             38      which the person applies for a background check.
             39          (2) Beginning on May 11, 2010, and ending on July 1, [2012] 2017, the office shall,
             40      within two business days after the day on which the office receives a request for an initial
             41      background check of a qualified human services applicant:
             42          (a) conduct the background check; and
             43          (b) (i) send an email to the licensee that submitted the request for the background
             44      check, stating that the qualified human services applicant passed the background check, if:
             45          (A) the licensee submits with the request a waiver that:
             46          (I) is approved by the office;
             47          (II) is signed by the qualified human services applicant; and
             48          (III) permits the office to provide the results of the background check to the licensee
             49      that submits the request;
             50          (B) the background check does not indicate that the qualified human services applicant
             51      has a criminal history;
             52          (C) the qualified human services applicant is not listed in the statewide database of the
             53      Division of Aging and Adult Services created by Section 62A-3-311.1 ; and
             54          (D) the qualified human services applicant is not listed in the Licensing Information
             55      System of the Division of Child and Family Services created by Section 62A-4a-1006 ; or
             56          (ii) send an email to the licensee that submitted the request for the background check,
             57      stating that the qualified human services applicant did not pass the background check, or that


             58      additional research is needed, if:
             59          (A) the licensee submits with the request a waiver that:
             60          (I) is approved by the office;
             61          (II) is signed by the qualified human services applicant; and
             62          (III) permits the office to provide the results of the background check to the licensee
             63      that submits the request; and
             64          (B) (I) the background check indicates that the qualified human services applicant may
             65      have a criminal history;
             66          (II) the qualified human services applicant is listed in the statewide database of the
             67      Division of Aging and Adult Services created by Section 62A-3-311.1 ; or
             68          (III) the qualified human services applicant is listed in the Licensing Information
             69      System of the Division of Child and Family Services created by Section 62A-4a-1006 .
             70          (3) The office shall, during the [2011] 2016 interim, report to the Legislature's Health
             71      and Human Services Interim Committee, regarding:
             72          (a) the functioning of the pilot program described in this section;
             73          (b) whether the pilot program should be converted to an ongoing program;
             74          (c) whether the pilot program should be modified; and
             75          (d) whether the pilot program should be expanded to include background checks of
             76      other human services providers.


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