W. Virginia Background Checks Work

West Virginia is pleased with the early results from the new WV CARES background background checking program. The program has been put in place in an attempt to protect patients in long-term care facilities.
Nina Fenton
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The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources is pleased with early results for its fledgling background checking program, West Virginia Clearance for Access: Registry and Employment Screening (WV CARES).

The new detailed background check program was spearheaded West Virginia’s Governor Earl Ray Tomblin in April as he was concerned for the health and safety of patients. WV CARES was initially launched on August 1, 2015 as a way to ensure that the employees working at long-term patient care centers do not have criminal backgrounds or active arrest warrants.

“We want to thank the West Virginia State Police for their quick response and diligence in this matter,” said Karen L. Bowling, WV DHHR Cabinet Secretary. “The initiative shows West Virginia is serious about protecting our most vulnerable residents from the potential for abuse, neglect and exploitation by an individual with certain criminal histories.”

WV CARES Mission

The WV CARES websites states “The Office of Inspector General, by impartial evaluation, investigation and reporting, seeks to ensure the integrity of department programs and operations including the fair, accurate and nondiscriminatory delivery of benefits and services to qualified state residents.” Their mission is to “establish efficient, effective and economical procedures for conducting background checks on all prospective direct patient access employees of long-term care facilities and providers.”

The program requires new applicants to be fingerprinted in order to obtain extensive information from both state and federal background screening results. These new requirements are set in place for anyone applying for the following facilities:

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skilled nursing facilities
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nursing facilities
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home health agencies
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hospice care centers
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long-term care hospitals
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personal care services
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adult day care centers
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residential care centers
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assisted living facilities
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intermediate care centers

So far the program has been gradually phased into the state’s long-term care centers and is expected to be firmly in place in all facilities in early 2016.

Early Signs of Success

The program may be only months old, but it has thus far proven successful as WV CARES has already produced results flagging 9 job applicants as ineligible for hire, with three of the individuals having current arrest warrants for various crimes in different states.

Meghan Shears, WV CARES Program Manager, said of the flagged applicants”We quickly notified State Police when the system flagged three wanted persons. WV CARES was able to turn over the information to the State Police for further investigation which lead to the arrest of one in less than two hours.”

There’s nothing quite like filling out a job application and ending up in cuffs rather than a new work uniform, right?

Background Checking Options

The use of background checks is becoming more prevalent as businesses and organizations are becoming more aware of the benefits provided by knowing more about the people that may be hired. Health Street is pleased to provide these services the following background screening services:

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Nina works hard to be a voice to the voiceless whose stories about drug testing, DNA testing and paternity deserve to be told. It is her goal to always come from a place free of judgment and full of compassion.

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