Conduct Criminal Background Checks
The Illinois Health Care Worker Background Check Act (225 ILCS 46) requires employees of health care providers and others identified in the Act to have fingerprint criminal background checks collected through IDPH-approved livescan vendors with the results reported electronically to the Illinois Health Care Worker Registry (HCWR). All new hires must have fingerprint criminal background checks completed using the IDPH Web Portal once IDPH authorizes Provider access to that portal. Providers are required by the Illinois Health Care Worker Background Check Act to immediately request access to the IDPH Web Portal. The Act prohibits health care providers from employing people that have a disqualifying criminal conviction unless IDPH grants a waiver of the conviction.
Eleven (11) livescan vendors are authorized by IDPH to perform fingerprint background checks for health care positions covered by the Illinois Health Care Worker Background Check Act requires livescan vendors to report fingerprint background check results directly to the Health Care Worker Registry. Important: When selecting a vendor, Providers should first contact them to confirm they can provide timely fingerprint service to their area. Many livescan vendors offer mobile services to all areas of the state.
Livescan vendors approved by IDPH:
Request for IDPH Waiver of disqualifying convictions: Persons with criminal convictions may file a Health Care Waiver Application Form with IDPH to reinstate their eligibility for employment with Illinois health care providers.
Request for Removal of Substantiated Findings of Abuse, Neglect or Financial Exploitation: Persons with findings reported by the DHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) may request removal of their name from the Health Care Worker Registry by following the process described in Title 59, Chapter 1, Section 50.100 of the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Code.