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House Passes Bill for Background Checks for Health & Social Services Employees

The House unanimously passed a new background check bill, House Bill 206, that will require criminal background checks for any current or prospective employee, contractor, and volunteer of the Division of Health and Social Services who visit children in their homes and in the community and has regular, direct access to children or adolescents under the age of 18. The bill is now out of committee in the Senate, ready for a vote in the next two weeks.

The background check includes fingerprinting for Delaware and national background checks as well as a check of the Child Protection Registry.

An individual who has a disqualifying criminal conviction or is on the Child Protection Registry at Level III or IV may not be an employee, contractor, or volunteer in any capacity that involves visiting children in their homes or the community or having regular, direct access to children.

DHSS, if it chooses, may use its Background Check Center, which processes background checks for individuals working in home-care and long-term care facilities.

House Bill 206 SponsorsYes VotesNo Votes
K.Williams, Cooke, K.Johnson, Mitchell, Briggs KingHouse Passed 41-0. Baumbach Bennett Bentz Bolden Friel Bush Carson Chukwuocha Cooke Dorsey-Walker Griffith Heffernan K.Johnson K.Williams Kowalko Lambert Longhurst Lynn Matthews Minor-Brown Mitchell Morrison Osienski S.Moore Schwartzkopf Wilson-Anton  Briggs King Collins D.Short Dukes Gray Hensley M.Smith Morris Postles Ramone Shupe Smyk Spiegelman Vanderwende YearickNone
Poore, Mantzavinos, Sokola, Wilson
Current Status: Out of Committee in the Senate.

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