Federal Grant Allows Expansion of Background Checks on Employees Caring for the Elderly

One state is considering whether employees of nursing homes should have to pass a federal background checks before being employed. The state has been given $3 million federal grant that will pay for the new program, which will begin as a voluntary measure. Currently, nursing homes may require the checks, but state law does not mandate them.

The Cabinet for Health and Family Services hopes to push for a change in state law to require the federal background checks once the voluntary program is running smoothly. Currently the law only requires potential employees backgrounds to be checked on the state level. The grant will pay for the federal background checks and fingerprinting for two years. The voluntary federal background checks will be available to those hiring employees in nursing homes, assisted living centers, Alzheimer’s centers and adult day-care centers. For more, read the story.

Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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