Background Study Information
Purpose of the Background Study
Applicants, license holders, all others living in the home 13 years and older, current and prospective caregivers, employees, and volunteers must have a background study to ensure that they do not pose a threat to the health and safety of residents. The background study will determine whether or not the person is disqualified from being licensed or otherwise having access to residents or providing care. Arrests, convictions, or admissions of certain crimes or acts may disqualify a person from being licensed, providing care, or having access to clients. All studies submitted at the time of initial licensure must be completed before the license can be issued.
Background studies include a review of criminal arrest records, court records, and adult and child protection records. Any offenses on a record, whether or not they resulted in criminal charges, may extend the length of time it takes to process the study.
The study checks law enforcement, social service agency, and court records. The individual being studied has to provide basic information such as name, date of birth, and address. If necessary, more information may be requested from the individual. This additional information could include social security number and fingerprints. Failure to provide this information can result in the person being disqualified based on lack of cooperation with the study.
Fingerprints and photos will be taken of all applicants, license holders, all others living in the home 13 years and older, current and prospective caregivers, employees, and volunteers. Please discuss any questions you may have about the background study with your licensor.
- What are disqualifications?
- Who must be studied?
- When to submit a study
- When to notify a licensor
- Consequences of failure to comply
License holders are required to keep a record of the process for each person studied. Please use the Background Study Tracking Form (PDF). One document will be needed per person studied.
The directions and access to begin a study will be given to the applicant once a worker has been assigned.