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Senate Passes Bill That Would Expand Background Checks Of Home Health Workers

Posted On January 29, 2016

Press release from State Sen. Jeff Raatz (R-Centerville)

(Indianapolis, Ind.) – A bill authored by State Sen. Jeff Raatz (R-Centerville) that would require home health agencies or personal services agencies to run a national criminal history background check on employees recently passed the full Senate 49-0.

Current law requires only a limited criminal background check unless circumstances require otherwise. Senate Bill 350 would expand this by requiring a national criminal history background check on all new employees.

“Home health workers are hired to enter residents’ homes on a regular basis,” Raatz said. “Those residents should feel safe in their own homes when the workers are present. This bill would provide for further scrutiny in the hiring process, ensuring that due diligence has been done when providing care to those in need.”

SB 350 now moves to the House of Representatives for further consideration.