New Mexico Department of Health
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Background Checks

Health facilities and Medicaid Community based waiver provider have two options available to complete background checks.

Digital Fingerprints

Cogent Livescan fingerprinting services are used by the Division of Health Improvement’s Caregivers Criminal History Screening program for performing background checks.In most cases, results provided within 3 days.

Paper Fingerprint Card Method

Care providers must submit a complete criminal history-screening packet for each caregiver for which they are requesting a national criminal history screening (background check).

Each packet requires, among other things:

Rules and regulations set forth the requirements and procedures for submission of applicant and caregiver fingerprints, payment of fees, and administrative reconsideration for caregivers with prior conviction history. Fees are necessary, as this program does not receive general fund appropriations from the legislature.