Pa. Dept. of Aging changes to electronic fingerprinting

Posted by Kristina Taylor
June 7, 2012

Pa. Dept. of Aging changes to electronic fingerprinting

The Pennsylvania Department of Aging will soon begin using an electronic fingerprinting process to screen people applying to work in a long-term care facility or home health care agency, according to a press release by the department. As of June 4, manually submitted background check requests no longer are to be accepted by the department.

“In addition to enhancing the protections provided to our older adults, electronic fingerprinting will help us to more quickly process background checks,” Secretary of Aging Brian Duke stated in the release. “This is important because it will help people obtain jobs in Pennsylvania’s valuable health care industry.”

The Older Adults Protective Services Act requires applicants and employees of long-term care facilities, home health care agencies and other agencies to undergo a criminal history background check. They must also obtain criminal history record reports through the Pennsylvania State Police.

Applicants who have not been a Pennsylvania resident for at least two years must obtain criminal history record reports from both the State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Previously, the department processed fingerprints manually. It is moving toward a more efficient and effective method that will be compatible with law enforcement and other screening processes.

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