More Thorough Background Checks in CT with Affordable Care Act

While California appeared to have a disorganized background check policy for home healthcare workers, Connecticut seems like it’s getting on the ball. The state will receive $2 million through the Affordable Care Act, which allots federal healthcare grants for conducting comprehensive background checks on all nursing and home healthcare workers.

Much like California’s state policy has not been effective in preventing criminals from becoming home care workers for the elderly and disabled, the Affordable Care Act looks to combat this. Although, as the linked article mentions above, six states have received grant money for this purpose in the present, more should receive it in the future. Finding if a candidate has criminal history is key before an individual is put in danger inside his or her own home.

Background checks in Connecticut will be detailed and look beyond the local level. Investigations for employment candidates will examine local and federal criminal records, neglect and abuse registries, and data bases like Nurses Aide Registry.

As we’ve seen many times before, a background check not invasive enough in these cases make certain citizens vulnerable. If an investigation isn’t thorough enough, a worker with an extensive criminal history could end up being a caretaker in a nursing home, a home healthcare worker, or an assistant in a daycare center.

Considering many employers consider basic background checks expensive, many simply don’t run as extensive enough of a check as they could. Because this is a federal problem, having states handle it may result with a situation similar to that in California. Giving grant money to each state, rather than relying on states or employers to use their own funds, allows for better conditions for residents in nursing homes and similar facilities and increases the likelihood that a criminal won’t go far in the employment process for such positions.