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Criminal background checks and additional hiring assistance


After you have identified an individual you wish to hire, you may wish to conduct a criminal background check.

The Criminal Systems History Board may help you obtain Massachusetts Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) on an individual whom you wish to hire. The CORI program is FREE for elders 60+ and people with disabilities. You may download a form online called, "On Behalf of Home Health Aide". For additional information, telephone the CORI board 617-660-4640.

You may also wish to conduct an FBI criminal check. Click here for a list of Massachusetts locations where respite candidates may get fingerprinted for FBI checks

If your respite worker is to be paid by federal (US) funds, you may also need to check the List of Excluded Individuals/Entities maintained by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) of the US Department of Health and Human Services. The list prevents certain individuals and businesses from participating in Federally-funded health care programs.

To check if an individual is listed by the OIG, you only need to enter their name on the Exclusion Search page. Once you have established that a person is not on the OIG exclusion list, you still may wish to conduct a criminal or other background check.

You may also wish to obtain information about The Massachusetts Disabled Persons Protection Commission (DPPC) or sex offenders. Please note that these links will give you information only about acts committed in Massachusetts. 

Your Family Support Center may provide additional information about the benefits of reference and background checks.


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