Background Check

Ohio’s Rapback Expansion to Support Home and Community Based Providers’ Background Checks is designed to:

  • Increase the safety of Ohio’s vulnerable home and community-based service (HCBS) users
  • Implement new statutory requirements to ensure uniformity and consistency of background checks for HCBS providers
  • Increase the efficiency and effectiveness of pre- and post-employment background checks and decrease administrative burden
  • Provide timely notice to the State and agency providers regarding post-hiring disqualifying criminal convictions of HCBS providers and direct access employees.

GRC will create a web-based resource for providers that will improve access to national and state registries. It will also include a users’ guide for background check requirements and Rap Back technology.

The Rapback Expansion is supported by a CMS Grant (Nationwide Program for National and State Background Checks for Direct Patient Access Employees of Long Term Care Facilities and Providers) and technical assistance. Ohio used this support to build an Automated Registry Check System (ARCS) to expedite the mandatory check of six registries for disqualifying offenses and expand Rapback to conduct post-employment background checks of HCBS workers.