Section 1265.5

(a)

(1)Prior to the initial licensure or renewal of a license of any person or persons to operate or manage an intermediate care facility/developmentally disabled habilitative, an intermediate care facility/developmentally disabled-nursing, an intermediate care facility/developmentally disabled-continuous nursing, or an intermediate care facility/developmentally disabled, other than an intermediate care facility/developmentally disabled operated by the state, that secures criminal record clearances for its employees through a method other than as specified in this section or upon the hiring of direct care staff by any of these facilities, the department shall secure from the Department of Justice criminal offender record information to determine whether the applicant, facility administrator or manager, any direct care staff, or any other adult living in the same location, has ever been convicted of a crime other than a minor traffic violation.
(2)
(A)The criminal record clearance shall require the applicant to submit electronic fingerprint images and related information of the facility administrator or manager, and any direct care staff, or any other adult living in the same location, to the Department of Justice. Applicants shall be responsible for any cost associated with capturing or transmitting the fingerprint images and related information.

(B)

The criminal record clearance shall be completed prior to direct staff contact with residents of the facility. A criminal record clearance shall be complete when the department has obtained the persons criminal record information from the Department of Justice and has determined that he or she is not disqualified from engaging in the activity for which clearance is required.
(3)
(A)The Licensing and Certification Program shall issue an All Facilities Letter (AFL) to facility licensees when it determines that both of the following criteria have been met for a period of 30 days:

(i)

The program receives, within three business days, 95 percent of its total responses indicating no evidence of recorded criminal information from the Department of Justice.

(ii)

The program processes 95 percent of its total responses requiring disqualification in accordance with subdivision (b), with notices mailed to the facility no later than 45 days after the date that the criminal offender record information report is received from the Department of Justice.

(B)

After the AFL is issued, facilities shall not allow newly hired facility administrators, managers, direct care staff, or any other adult living in the same location to have direct contact with clients or residents of the facility prior to completion of the criminal record clearance. A criminal record clearance shall be complete when the department has obtained the persons criminal offender record information search response from the Department of Justice and has determined that the person is not disqualified from engaging in the activity for which clearance is required.

(C)

An applicant or certificate holder who may be disqualified on the basis of a criminal conviction shall provide the department with a certified copy of the judgment of each conviction. In addition, the individual may, during a period of two years after the department receives the criminal record report, provide the department with evidence of good character and rehabilitation in accordance with subdivision (c). Upon receipt of a new application for certification of the individual, the department may receive and consider the evidence during the two-year period without requiring additional fingerprint imaging to clear the individual.

(D)

The departments Licensing and Certification Program shall explore and implement methods for maximizing its efficiency in processing criminal record clearances within the requirements of law, including a streamlined clearance process for persons that have been disqualified on the basis of criminal convictions that do not require automatic denial pursuant to subdivision (b).
(4)
An applicant and any other person specified in this subdivision, as part of the background clearance process, shall provide information as to whether or not the person has any prior criminal convictions, has had any arrests within the past 12-month period, or has any active arrests, and shall certify that, to the best of his or her knowledge, the information provided is true. This requirement is not intended to duplicate existing requirements for individuals who are required to submit fingerprint images as part of a criminal background clearance process. Every applicant shall provide information on any prior administrative action taken against him or her by any federal, state, or local governmental agency and shall certify that, to the best of his or her knowledge, the information provided is true. An applicant or other person required to provide information pursuant to this section that knowingly or willfully makes false statements, representations, or omissions may be subject to administrative action, including, but not limited to, denial of his or her application or exemption or revocation of any exemption previously granted.

(b)

(1)The application for licensure or renewal shall be denied if the criminal record indicates that the person seeking initial licensure or renewal of a license referred to in subdivision (a) has been convicted of a violation or attempted violation of any one or more of the following Penal Code provisions: Section 187, subdivision (a) of Section 192, Section 203, 205, 206, 207, 209, 210, 210.5, 211, 220, 222, 243.4, 245, 261, 262, or 264.1, Sections 265 to 267, inclusive, Section 273a, 273d, 273.5, or 285, subdivisions (c), (d), (f), and (g) of Section 286, Section 288, subdivisions (c), (d), (f), and (g) of Section 288a, Section 288.5, 289, 289.5, 368, 451, 459, 470, 475, 484, or 484b, Sections 484d to 484j, inclusive, Section 487, subdivision (a) of Section 487a, or Section 488, 496, 503, 518, or 666, unless any of the following applies:

(A)

The person was convicted of a felony and has obtained a certificate of rehabilitation under Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 4852.01) of Title 6 of Part 3 of the Penal Code and the information or accusation against the person has been dismissed pursuant to Section 1203.4 of the Penal Code with regard to that felony.

(B)

The person was convicted of a misdemeanor and the information or accusation against the person has been dismissed pursuant to Section 1203.4 or 1203.4a of the Penal Code.

(C)

The person was convicted of a felony or a misdemeanor, but has previously disclosed the fact of each conviction to the department and the department has made a determination in accordance with law that the conviction does not disqualify the person.
(2)
The application for licensure or renewal shall be denied if the criminal record of the person includes a conviction in another state for an offense that, if committed or attempted in this state, would have been punishable as one or more of the offenses set forth in paragraph (1), unless evidence of rehabilitation comparable to the dismissal of a misdemeanor or a certificate of rehabilitation as set forth in subparagraph (A) or (B) of paragraph (1) is provided to the department.

(c)

If the criminal record of a person described in subdivision (a) indicates any conviction other than a minor traffic violation or other than a conviction listed in subdivision (b), the department may deny the application for licensure or renewal. In determining whether or not to deny the application for licensure or renewal pursuant to this subdivision, the department shall take into consideration the following factors as evidence of good character and rehabilitation:
(1)
The nature and seriousness of the offense under consideration and its relationship to their employment duties and responsibilities.
(2)
Activities since conviction, including employment or participation in therapy or education, that would indicate changed behavior.
(3)
The time that has elapsed since the commission of the conduct or offense referred to in paragraph (1) or (2) and the number of offenses.
(4)
The extent to which the person has complied with any terms of parole, probation, restitution, or any other sanction lawfully imposed against the person.
(5)
Any rehabilitation evidence, including character references, submitted by the person.
(6)
Employment history and current employer recommendations.
(7)
Circumstances surrounding the commission of the offense that would demonstrate the unlikelihood of repetition.
(8)
The granting by the Governor of a full and unconditional pardon.
(9)
A certificate of rehabilitation from a superior court.

(d)

Nothing in this section shall be construed to require a criminal record check of a person receiving services in an intermediate care facility/developmentally disabled habilitative, intermediate care facility/developmentally disabled-nursing, intermediate care facility/developmentally disabled-continuous nursing, or intermediate care facility/developmentally disabled.

(e)

For purposes of this section, direct care staff means all facility staff who are trained and experienced in the care of persons with developmental disabilities and who directly provide program and nursing services to clients. Administrative and licensed personnel shall be considered direct care staff when directly providing program and nursing services to clients. Persons employed as consultants and acting as direct care staff shall be subject to the same requirements for a criminal record clearance as other direct care staff. However, the employing facility shall not be required to pay any costs associated with that criminal record clearance.

(f)

Upon the employment of any person specified in subdivision (a), and prior to any contact with clients or residents, the facility shall ensure that electronic fingerprint images are submitted to the Department of Justice for the purpose of obtaining a criminal record check.

(g)

The department shall develop procedures to ensure that any licensee, direct care staff, or certificate holder for whom a criminal record has been obtained pursuant to this section or Section 1338.5 or 1736 shall not be required to obtain multiple criminal record clearances.

(h)

In addition to the persons who are not required to obtain multiple criminal record clearances pursuant to subdivision (g), a person shall not be required to obtain a separate criminal record clearance if the person meets all of the following criteria:
(1)
The person is employed as a consultant and acts as direct care staff.
(2)
The person is a registered nurse, licensed vocational nurse, physical therapist, occupational therapist, or speech-language pathologist.
(3)
The person has obtained a criminal record clearance as a prerequisite to holding a license or certificate to provide direct care services.
(4)
The person has a license or certificate to provide direct care service that is in good standing with the appropriate licensing or certification board.
(5)
The person is providing time-limited specialized clinical care or services.
(6)
The person is not left alone with the client.

(i)

If, at any time, the department determines that it does not meet the standards specified in clauses (i) and (ii) of subparagraph (A) of paragraph (3) of subdivision (a), for a period of 90 consecutive days, the requirements in paragraph (3) of subdivision (a) shall be suspended until the department determines that it has met those standards for a period of 90 consecutive days.

(j)

During any period of time in which paragraph (3) of subdivision (a) is inoperative, facilities may allow newly hired facility administrators, managers, direct care staff, or any other adult living in the same location to have direct contact with clients or residents of the facility after those persons have submitted live-scan fingerprint images to the Department of Justice, and the department shall issue an AFL advising of this change in the statutory requirement.

(k)

Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the department is authorized to provide an individual with a copy of his or her state or federal level criminal offender record information search response as provided to that department by the Department of Justice if the department has denied a criminal background clearance based on this information and the individual makes a written request to the department for a copy specifying an address to which it is to be sent. The state or federal level criminal offender record information search response shall not be modified or altered from its form or content as provided by the Department of Justice and shall be provided to the address specified by the individual in his or her written request. The department shall retain a copy of the individuals written request and the response and date provided.

Location: https://california.public.law/codes/ca_health_and_safety_code_section_1265.5.

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