State of Georgia May Require More Intensive Background Screening for Some Healthcare Workers

Lawmakers in the state of Georgia have sent a bill to Governor Nathan Deal that would require stricter background screening measures for long-term health care workers. The hope with the proposed law would be to include added layers of protection for individuals needing long-term care, one of Georgia’s most vulnerable populations.

Currently Georgia requires long-term health care workers to pass a statewide, name-based search to check for any disqualifying convictions. Along with those searches, the proposed law would also include:

  • FBI fingerprint database check
  • Search of national databases of criminal records
  • Nurse aide registry
  • Sex offender registry

Along with direct care workers, this law would also apply to maintenance staff, dietitians, housekeepers and volunteers who have direct access to patients. This bill, which is expected to be signed by Gov. Deal, was meant to bring Georgia more in-line with the recommendations of a recently release report – Report of the Georgia Council on Criminal Justice Reform.

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