(AP) — A new state program requires criminal background checks for applicants seeking certain jobs at long-term care facilities.
Health and Human Resources Secretary Karen L. Bowling announced the launch of the West Virginia Clearance for Access: Registry and Employment Screening, or WV CARES, program on Wednesday. The program will be phased in over six months.
Fingerprint-based state and national background checks will be required for people who apply for jobs with access to residents or beneficiaries of long-term care services.
Long-term care facilities include nursing facilities, home health agencies, hospice care providers and adult day care.
Bowling says in a news release that the background checks will reduce the potential for abuse, neglect and exploitation of the elderly and other vulnerable adults.