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What’s on fire this time?. Assembly Bill-2917. Passed in 2008, authored by Assembly Member Alberto Torrico, 20th District, Fremont area. Access to full AB-2917 bill available on Nor-Cal website. Implementation by July 1, 2010 for all EMTs. Assembly Bill-2917.

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Assembly Bill-2917

Passed in 2008, authored by Assembly Member Alberto Torrico, 20th District, Fremont area.

Access to full AB-2917 bill available on Nor-Cal website.

Implementation by July 1, 2010 for all EMTs.


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Assembly Bill-2917

EMSA will institute a statewide EMT certification centralized registry.

All EMTs will be required to complete a background check both DOJ & FBI.

Subsequent Arrest notification service through DOJ.

Guidelines for disciplinary orders and conditions of probation.


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Why?

In recent years a series of articles and investigations by the Sacramento Bee and the Los Angeles times have highlighted inconsistent and disconcerting EMT disciplinary enforcement.

The result has been EMT with various and significant criminal backgrounds acquiring and/or maintaining licenses.

Criminal infractions have included child sexual abuse, domestic violence, patient neglect, and narcotic convictions.


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Why?

  • Statewide, there are 61 EMT certifying authorities:

    • 31 LEMSA and 30 public safety agencies.

  • Only 17 of the 31 LEMSAs require DOJ background checks.

  • Data about the public safety agency checks has not been collected.

  • According to DOJ rules, the certifying agencies that require criminal background checks cannot share the criminal history information with each other when an EMT applies to work in another jurisdiction.


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Why?

California is the only state that does not certify EMT at the state level.

In addition, EMT are the only allied health professionals in California who are not state-licensed and the state lacks a statewide registry on EMT licensure.


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What?

Requiresthe California Emergency Medical Services Agency (EMSA) to establish and maintain a centralized registry for monitoring EMT certification and adopt related regulations.


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What?

RequiresEMSA to adopt regulations that standardize criminal background check processes and rely on California Department of Justice (DOJ) data and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) data.

RequiresLEMSA to verify resulting background checks.

Requiresa DOJ-Subsequent Arrest Notification Service.


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What?

Requires EMSA to adopt regulations pertaining to:

  a) Disciplinary processes including suspensions and probation.

b) Issuance of certification and recertification.


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What?

Authorizes LEMSA to investigate disciplinary issues and establishes related processes.

Significantly expands the reasons an EMT may have a certification or license denied, suspended, or revoked.


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Definitions

“Criminal Offender Record Information” or “CORI”

Records and data compiled by criminal justice agencies for purposes of identifying criminal offenders and of maintaining as to each such offender a summary of arrests, pretrial proceedings, the nature and disposition of criminal charges, sentencing, incarceration, rehabilitation, and release.


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Definitions

“Subsequent Arrest Notification Report”

Reports issued by the Department of Justice (DOJ) to the LEMSA to receive state summary criminal history information to assist in fulfilling employment, licensing, or certification duties, upon the arrest of any person whose fingerprints are maintained on file at the DOJ as the result of an application for licensing, employment, or certification, or approval. Subsequent arrest notification shall consist only of any offense an individual is arrested for after the individual’s original fingerprint date.


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Definitions

Actions considered evidence of a “threat to public health and safety”

Fraud to procure a license; gross negligence; repeated negligent acts; incompetence; fraud, dishonest, corrupt act for qualification of license; conviction of any crime related to qualifications, functions, duties; violate/conspire to violate any provision of bill; violate any Federal/State statute or regulation on drugs; addiction or excess use of alcohol or drugs outside the supervision of medical control; irrational behavior/impaired ability to function; unprofessional conduct (patient abuse, patient confidentiality, sexually related offense)


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Data

Public Access to Central Registry Data

The following EMT certification information will be available to the public:

(a) First name

(b) Last name

(c) Middle name, if available

(d) EMT certifying entity

(e) Registry number


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Data

(f) Current certification status

(1) Active

(2) Expired

(3) Denied

(4) Revoked

(5) Suspension

(A) Suspension effective date

(B) Suspension expiration date

(6) Placed on probation

(A) Probation effective date

(B) Probation expiration date

(7) LEMSA that took certification action


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How?

“Grandfathered” requirement of the bill:

The individual must have received a DOJ criminal background check.

The criminal background check must include subsequent arrest notification.

The employer must certify to EMSA that the individual had a criminal background check which includes a subsequent arrest notification and that the individual has not committed any sexually related offenses under PC #290; not convicted of murder, attempted murder; or murder for hire; not convicted of 2 or more felonies; is not on parole or probation for any felony.


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How? Initial Certification

Apply Online at : www.NorCalEMS.org

Register (one time) and sign in.

Follow online directions to complete application.

Print three copies of Nor-Cal Live Scan Service form. Follow form directions and locations for a live scan provider.

A laptop is available in the office of Nor-Cal for your convenience to apply online.


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How? Recertification

  • Apply On-Line at : www.NorCalEMS.org

  • Register (one time) and sign in.

  • Follow online directions to complete application.

  • If not grandfathered in, print three copies of Nor-Cal Live Scan Service form. Follow form directions and locations for a live scan provider.

  • A laptop is available in the office of Nor-Cal for your convenience to apply online.


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How?

Live Scan form available on-line and pick up at Nor-Cal.

Live Scan sheet pre-filled out. Form directions and a website for Live Scan locations and mapping provided.

EMSA will notify Nor-Cal of eligible EMTs. Nor-Cal will issue a temporary certification card and EMSA will issue a “hard card”.


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Cost

EMSA fees

Certification: $75.00($22 central registry, $38 DOJ-CORI function, $15 for Admin. Law Judge.)

Recertification: $37.00 (No DOJ fee.)

Live Scan fees

Range from $18.00 - $43.00

Nor-Cal fees

Certification: $45.00

Recertification: $28.00


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Assistance

  • EMSA

    http://www.emsa.ca.gov

  • DOJ

    http://ag.ca.gov/fingerprints/publications/contact.php

  • Nor-Cal EMS

    http://www.norcalems.org


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Contact

Bill Masten

Nor-Cal EMS Inc.

43 Hilltop Dr., Redding, CA 96003

[email protected]

530-229-3979-office

530-410-2948-cell


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