Criminal Background Checks
In 2009, Assembly Bill ABX4 (Chapter 17, Statutes of 2009) amended or added sections 12301.6 and 12305.86 to the Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) to require that all existing and prospective Independent Providers (IP) submit to fingerprinting for the purposes of a criminal background check by the Department of Justice (DOJ), as a condition of employment. Working in cooperation with the Department of Aging and Adult Services (DAAS), Public Authority’s staff is responsible for reviewing all the DOJ results, initially for approximately 18,000 IP's and ongoing for any new applicants. Currently, the Public Authority is tracking IP's who have new convictions in order to assess continuing eligibility clearance to work for IHSS. As of June 30, 2015, the Public Authority had processed over 41,000 criminal background checks in keeping with statutory deadlines.