Section 12 of chapter 118E of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2016 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after paragraph 5 the following 4 paragraphs:
Such rules and regulations shall include provisions requiring fingerprint-based background checks of all persons regularly on the premises of a nursing home or long term care facility with the potential for unsupervised contact with elderly persons. Fingerprints shall be submitted to the identification section of the department of state police for a state criminal history check and forwarded to the Federal Bureau of Investigation for a national criminal history check, according to the policies and procedures established by the identification section and by the department of criminal justice information services. Fingerprint submissions may be retained by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the state identification section and the department of criminal justice information services to assist employers authorized under this chapter to ensure the continued suitability of for licensure, certification, approval or employment of those individuals, provided that said department is authorized to disseminate the results of a national criminal history check to the department of mental health for the purpose of determining the suitability of current and prospective employees in any department licensed or funded program and for all persons with the potential for unsupervised contact with elderly persons, and persons regularly on the premises at a nursing home or long term care facility.
The department, with approval from the board, shall amend its Background Record Check regulations in a manner necessary to carry out the provisions of this section, provided that the regulations may reflect a phased-in schedule for the fingerprint-based background check.
Employers of persons required to submit fingerprints under this section shall pay a fee, equivalent to the fee established under section 38R of chapter 71, to be established by the secretary of the executive office of administration and finance, in consultation with the secretary of public safety and the department, to offset the costs of operating and administering a fingerprint-based criminal background check system. The secretary of administration and finance, in consultation with the secretary of public safety and the department, may increase the fee accordingly if the Federal Bureau of Investigation increases its fingerprint background check service fee. The department may pay the fee on behalf of applicants or reimburse applicants for all or part of the fee on the grounds of financial hardship. Any fees collected from fingerprinting activity under this chapter shall be deposited into the Fingerprint-Based Background Check Trust Fund, established in section 2HHHH of chapter 29 of the General Laws.
The department of criminal justice information services shall disseminate the results of the criminal background check to the department. Said department of criminal justice information services shall only disseminate information under this section that would otherwise be available to requesting entities under the provisions of sections 167 through 178, inclusive, of chapter 6 and the regulations thereto, regarding criminal offender record information. The department of criminal justice information services may disseminate the results of a state and national criminal history check to the department to determine the suitability of: (i) all current and prospective employees in any department program or any department contracted agency vendor programs, who have the potential for unsupervised contact with persons with an intellectual or developmental disability; (ii) all household members, age 15 or older, or all persons regularly on the premises, age 15 or older, of current residential care providers that are funded by the department or its contracted agency vendor programs; (iii) all sub-contractors, interns, volunteers or any other individual employed or retained by the department or its contracted agency vendor programs who has the potential for unsupervised contact with persons with an intellectual or developmental disability; (iv) any individual who provides transportation services on behalf of the department or its contracted agency vendor programs; and (v) any applicant seeking a license from the department for a residential or day care facility that serves the department's population. If the department receives information from a fingerprint-based check that does not include any final disposition or is otherwise incomplete, the department may request that an applicant, either new or renewing, provide additional information to assist the department in determining the suitability of the individual for licensure, certification, approval, funding or employment.
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