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606 CMR 14.00:Background Record ChecksWhat you need to know!


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Continuous Quality Improvement

  • “Paper” Process

  • More Information

  • E-Submission of Requests

  • BRC Manager:

    • E-Response: “No findings / No Record”

    • E-Response: Adverse Findings


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Background Record Checks

  • All staff with potential unsupervised contact with children

  • Review of:

    • Criminal convictions or charges

    • DCF* background records

* Formerly DSS


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Regulation Requirements

  • Who must have a Background Record Check?

  • Who can review the BRC results?

  • What is the review process?

  • What documentation is required?

  • How often must BRCs be repeated?


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Types of Background Check Review

  • EEC Review (Licensees & Reviewers)

  • Employer Review (Employees, Volunteers and Interns)


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EEC Review

  • Licensees

  • Reviewers

    • Hiring Authority

    • Clerical / Administrative

  • Repeat every three years (or at license renewal)


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Why does EEC approve Reviewers?

  • EEC Regulations

  • CHSB Requirements


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Background Histories are Private!!!

Personal!

Confidential!


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Willful communication of CORI

Unlawful access to CORI

Unauthorized disclosure of DCF* history

= < $5000 fine and/or up to one year in jail

= < $5000 fine and/or

up to one year in jail

= < $1000 fine and/or up to two and one half years in jail

$$$ JAIL $$$

*formerly DSS


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Designate a Reviewer

  • “Need to Know” basis

  • Protect your username and password

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Who Should be a Reviewer?

Considering program size and structure:

  • The Licensee

  • The Hiring Authority

  • Human Resources?

  • The Board Chair?

  • Administrative / Clerical Staff?

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Types of Background Check Review

  • EEC Review (Licensees & Reviewers)

  • Employer Review (Employees, Volunteers and Interns)


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Employer Review

  • Current and Prospective:

    • Employees

    • Volunteers

    • Interns


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Employer Review of Candidate

  • Verify Identification

  • Obtain signed consent form

  • Submit request via BRC Manager

  • “No Findings / No Record” results returned via BRC Manager

  • Adverse findings returned by mail


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Employer Review of Candidate

  • Verify Identification

  • Obtain signed consent form

  • Submit signed original consent to EEC

  • All results returned to designated reviewer by U.S. Post


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Background Record Check:Adverse Findings

  • Presumptive Disqualification

    • CORI Table A convictions

    • CORI Table A pending crimes

  • Discretionary Disqualification

    • CORI Table B convictions

    • CORI Table B pending crimes

    • CORI Table A dismissals/ non-convictions

    • DCF histories


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Adverse DCF Findings?

  • Verify the report

  • Notify the candidate

    • Copy of report

    • Copy of program policies

    • Process to correct errors

  • Request the 51B


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Discretionary Review

  • Review the 51B and additional information

  • Make a decision

  • Document everything

  • Notify EEC – update BRC Manager


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Adverse CORI Findings?

  • Verify the report

  • Notify the candidate

  • If presumptive CORI, obtain “No Risk” Letter


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Presumptive Disqualification

CORI Table A crimes = Presumptive Disqualification

“No risk” letter

Discretionary Review


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Adverse CORI Findings?

  • Review additional information

  • Make a decision

  • Document everything

  • Notify EEC – update BRC Manager


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Background Record Storage

  • Personnel File

    • Application

    • BRC Compliance Form

  • Secure, locked file

    • Statements of “no findings”

    • Criminal history printouts

    • DCF summaries

    • 51Bs

    • Supporting documentation

    • Rationale for hire

    • Documentation of all required steps


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How will EEC monitor compliance?

  • Verify EEC approval of Reviewers

  • Review program’s BRC policies and procedures

  • Check personnel files

  • Review Discretionary Review files


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How Do I Get Started?

  • New license applicants: Submit Licensee and Reviewer consents to EEC Regional Office

  • EEC will notify you, the License applicant, of results

  • Submit Consent for Background Record Check forms for prospective employees


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Next Steps:

  • Establish a User Account in BRC Manager

  • Request “Reviewer” Privileges

  • Submit future BRC requests electronically


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Questions?

Available on the EEC website (eec.state.ma.us):

  • Regulations

  • Technical Assistance

  • E-training Powerpoint

  • Instructions for BRC Manager

  • Frequently Asked Questions

  • CORIcomments@massmail.state.ma.us


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Thank you for your kind attention.