Kentucky governor signs emergency regulation to require background checks for long-term care providers
On Nov. 20, 2015, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear signed 906 KAR 1:190E, an emergency regulation which will require the following care providers to obtain fingerprint-supported State and National background checks on new employees:
- Long-term care facilities, including nursing facilities, nursing homes, intermediate care facilities, Alzheimer’s nursing homes, personal care homes and intermediate care facilities for individuals with intellectual disabilities (excludes family care homes);
- Nursing pools providing staff to long-term care facilities;
- Adult day health care programs;
- Assisted-living communities;
- Home health agencies;
- Personal services agencies;
- Providers of hospice care, including residential hospice providers; and
- Providers of home and community-based services.
Effective Jan. 1, 2016, providers will need to enroll in KARES—an online portal which facilitates the pre-employment background check process—in order to obtain renewed licenses. This online portal creates a single sign-on point where an employer is able to store pre-employment background check information and receive notifications on applicant information.
Source: Kentucky.gov, 11/20/2015
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