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​​​​​​​​​What is portability​?

After receiving an approval for a background check through the Background Check Unit (BCU), some subject individuals (SIs) have Portability. ​

  • ​An SI with Portability may use this background check approval for other positions and placements which require a background check under BCU's statutes and administrative rules.
  • With Portability, the SI may be hired or placed immediately after a qualified entity designee (QED) enters a background check application into ORCHARDS and gets confirmation that the SI is already eligible.

Who can get portability?

Portability is only available for specific providers and positions​:

  • Nursing facilities and skilled nursing facilities
  • Assisted living facilities and residential care facilities
  • Adult foster homes licensed in Oregon for:
    • Seniors and individuals with physical disabilities through ODHS Aging and People with Disabilities,
    • Adults with developmental disabilities through ODHS Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Services
    • Adults with behavioral health disorders through OHA Health Services Division, Behavioral Services
  • Homecare workers and personal support workers for seniors, developmental disabilities clients, and behavioral health clients
  • All DD adult and child facilities, organizations and providers (with the exception of employees and volunteers at community DD programs and DD brokerages)

In-Home Care Agency portability

  • There is a separate portability group just of in-home care agencies that ​have a Medicaid contract to provide services to ODHS clients. 
  • In this group, if an SI is approved to work for one in-home care agency, they will be immediately hirable for another in-home care agency.


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