New Mexico Department of Health
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Caregivers Criminal History Screening Program

The Caregivers Criminal History Screening Program (CCHSP) is an essential piece in the enforcement of the NMDOH policy of “Zero tolerance” of Abuse, Neglect & Exploitation (ANE) and in the DHI mission of enhancing the quality of health systems for all New Mexicans.

All current and new caregivers must receive both: A Criminal History Screening for Caregivers: Background Check, within 20 days, and a check of the Employee Abuse Registry (EAR) prior to hire.

Individuals with a disqualifying criminal conviction or who have been placed on the EAR for a substantiation of abuse, neglect or exploitation are not eligible to work as a caregiver or have access to patient/client/resident information or records.


Caregivers Criminal History Screening Act

The CCHSP was established in response to the Criminal History Screening for Caregivers Act [29-17-1 through 29-17-5 NMSA 1978 amended]. The act requires the health facilities and Medicaid community based waiver providers complete a caregiver criminal history screening no later than 20 calendar days after the first day of employment. The screening or background check includes the submission of fingerprints for clearance on the federal data system. The CCHSP receives and processes Background Check applications for criminal history screenings from care providers in the State of New Mexico.

When is Screening Required?

Any caregiver who is currently employed or any applicant that is offered employment as a caregiver with a care provider must be screened. New caregivers must receive both: a Criminal History Screening for Caregivers: Background Check, which must be submitted to the CCHSP no later than 20 calendar days after the first day of employment. And receive a check of the Employee Abuse Registry (EAR) prior to hire.


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