NEW!! Proposed Permanent Rule Filings
The Background Check Unit has filed proposed administrative rules with the Oregon Secretary of State. These proposed rules will make the temporary rules, listed below permanent and make other updates and corrections. Details are in these documents:
The Background Check will be hosting a Rules Hearing for both the DHS and OHA rules:
Date: Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Time: 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Address: 500 Summer St, NE, Fourth Floor, Room 456, Salem OR 97301
NOTE: Obtain a visitors badge from the front desk before proceeding to the fourth floor.
IN ADDITION: The Background Check Unit will receive written comments until Friday, January 24, 2020, 5:00 p.m. Please send comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
DAS Criminal Records Checks Rules
- Criminal Records Check Rules – 125-007-0200 through 125-007-0330
Pursuant to ORS 181A.215, the Oregon Department of Administrative Services implemented statewide administrative rules on January 4, 2016. These rules streamline the criminal records check process for all of Oregon, providing guidelines for decreasing risk to vulnerable populations by individuals who have access or provide care. BCU rules have been updated to adhere to the DAS rules while maintaining the specific needs for DHS/OHA employees, contractors, and volunteers, and for DHS/OHA providers and qualified entities.
DHS and OHA Employee Rules
- Criminal Records Checks for the Department of Human Services - OAR 407-007-0000 through 0100 - NEW! Temporary (9/27/2019)
These rules cover criminal records checks on Department of Human Services (DHS) employees, volunteers under the direction and control of DHS, and certain contractors.
On 9/27/2019, Senate Bill 725 (Oregon Law, chapter 423) from the 2019 Legislative Session went into effect. This new law introduces timeframes for how long convictions are considered potentially disqualifying. Please download the rules above for details; this flyer provides a list of potentially disqualifying convictions and conditions.
- Abuse Checks for Department Employees and Volunteers - 407-007-0400 through 0460 – Effective 6/29/2018 (permanent rules)
These rules cover abuse checks on DHS and OHA employees and volunteers. Contractors for Oregon State Hospital, Stabilization and Crisis Unit, and any DHs or OHA contracted secure Residential Treatment Facility are also subject to these rules. All other contractors are not subject to these rules. Effective 6/29/2018 BCU has updated the rules, including the addition of rules implementing Or Law 2017, chapter 378 regarding individuals hired to the Stabilization and Crisis Unit on or after 1/1/2018.
- Background Checks for the Oregon Health Authority - OAR 943-007-0001 to 943-007-0501 – Effective 07/02/2018 to 12/27/2018 (temporary rules)
These rules cover criminal records checks on OHA employees, volunteers under the direction and control of OHA, and certain contractors, incorporating the DHS rules by proxy. See in particular OAR 943-007-0000(1), 943-007-0000(3), and 943-007-0501. Effective 7/2/2018, BCU has updated language regarding the incorporation of DHS background check rules; changes also include updates to the appeal process for adverse outcomes.
Documents have been filed with the Secretary of State to make these OHA permanent. The last day for comment is 9/21/2019, 5:00 p.m. Details can be found here.
DHS and OHA Provider Rules
Criminal Records Checks and Abuse Checks OAR 407-007-0317 - NEW effective 10/18/2019 (NEW TEMPORARY Rules)
These rules cover criminal records checks and abuse checks for individuals and facilities licensed, certified or regulated by DHS for positions such as home care workers, long-term care facility volunteers and staff, adult foster home providers and caregivers, and staff and volunteers of private licensed child caring agencies.
Effective 7/29/2019, DHS has added OAR 407-007-0317 for Child Welfare-licensed child caring agencies which are subject to the 2018 Family First Prevention Services Act. Potential employees who have lived out of state require an out of state child abuse check. This rule allows for special hiring provisions for these subject individuals if the only thing pending in the background check is the out of state child abuse check and all other completed checks would result in an approval.
Note: this temporary rule was updated 10/18/2019 after further guidance from the federal Administration for Children and Families.
On 9/27/2019, Senate Bill 725 (Oregon Law, chapter 423) from the 2019 Legislative Session went into effect. This new law introduces timeframes for how long convictions are considered potentially disqualifying; this flyer provides a list of potentially disqualifying convictions and conditions.
The new law also limits the number of criminal records checks which may be completed on individuals subject to ORS 443.004. BCU may conduct no more than one criminal records check on a subject individual within a two-year period unless certain criteria are met. This becomes effective as of the completion of a subject individual's first background check after the implementation of this new law (9/27/2019). Details are in the rules (linked above) in OAR 407-007-0220(9).
Background Check Registry - OAR 407-007-0600 to 407-007-0640 – NEW effective 9/27/2019 (NEW TEMPORARY Rules).
These rules implement ORS 443-006. BCU is augmenting its Criminal Records Information Management System (CRIMS) to include a searchable registry of individuals with completed background checks who are eligible to work as homecare workers, or eligible to work in certain facilities. Placement on the registry allows an individual to be hired by a facility or work as a homecare worker without a new background check. An individual maintains placement on the registry by having rechecks every two years. Effective 12/1/2018, BCU added clarification to the rule regarding "good standing" in the LTCR for certain subject individuals who may continue to work if a background check request is pending in CRIMS if the LTCR placement expires.
On 9/27/2019, Senate Bill 725 (Oregon Law, chapter 423) from the 2019 Legislative Session went into effect. This new law limits the number of criminal records checks which may be completed on individuals subject to ORS 443.004. BCU may conduct no more than one criminal records check on a subject individual within a two-year period unless certain criteria are met. Language regarding this has been added to the Long Term Care Registry rules.
- Criminal History Check for Oregon Health Authority Providers - Effective 8/10/2012
These rules cover criminal records checks on OHA providers incorporating the DHS rules by proxy, with specific rules for OHA hearing rights. See in particular OAR 943-007-0001(2), 943-007-0335 and 943-007-0501. Effective 7/2/2018, BCU has updated language regarding the incorporation of DHS background check rules; changes also include updates to the appeal process for adverse outcomes.
If you have questions regarding any of the rules, contact us via email at email@example.com or by phone at 503-378-5470 (toll free at 888-272-5545).
Oregon Revised Statutes Renumbered
The citations for the Oregon statutes which govern criminal records checks have been update in the 2015 edition of the Oregon Revised Statutes. The Chapter 181 statutes are now in Chapter 181A.
||Electronic fingerprint capture required.
||Clearinghouse criminal records checks.
||Authorizing statute allowing certain agencies to run fingerprint based criminal records checks.
||Authorizing statute for Department of Human Services and Oregon Health Authority to conduct criminal records checks on subject individuals.
||Authorizing statute for Department of Administrative Services to implement rules on criminal records check processes in Oregon.
Process, policy and procedures
Who needs to be checked?
The administrative rules define a person who must be checked as a "subject individual." Subject individual includes people who work, volunteer and, in some cases, live in a location where services are provided to children, seniors, and people with disabilities or mental illness. The term also includes employees and volunteers of DHS and OHA and many persons or employees of organizations contracting with these agencies.
What we check and how
Criminal records checks are conducted through the State of Oregon Law Enforcement Data System (LEDS) and, if necessary, through the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). In addition, information may be obtained through the Driver and Motor Vehicle Services Division (DMV), court records, and other states' data systems. Fingerprints may be required as part of the check. Certain abuse records will also be reviewed.
See further information on ORS 443.004 impacting the criminal records check process
Policy and Procedures for DHS and OHA Employees, Volunteers, Contractors and Institution Applicants
The background checks policy directs that criminal records checks and abuse checks be done in accordance with the administrative rules. The associated procedures provide more detail on the process for DHS/OHA employees, volunteers, contractors and institution applicants.