In order to provide protection for persons residing in or receiving services from
facilities, programs, or agencies licensed, funded, and/or operated by the department
of behavioral healthcare, developmental disabilities and hospitals, all persons eighteen
(18) years or older seeking employment in any facility or program licensed, funded,
and/or operated by the department shall be required to undergo a national criminal
background check for the purpose of determining whether the prospective employee has
been convicted of a crime that bears upon his or her fitness to have the responsibility
for the safety and well-being of persons residing in or receiving services from facilities,
programs, or agencies licensed, funded, and/or operated by the department.
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