TITLE XI
HOSPITALS AND SANITARIA

CHAPTER 151
RESIDENTIAL CARE AND HEALTH FACILITY LICENSING

Section 151:2-d

    151:2-d Criminal Record Check Required. –
I. Every applicant for a license or certification to operate any facility or entity required to be licensed or certified under this chapter shall submit with the initial application for licensure or certification the results of a criminal records check from the department of safety for the applicant, the licensee, or certificate holder if other than the applicant, the administrator, and each household member 17 years of age or older, if any, who reside at the facility for which the application for a license is submitted at the time of application and, subsequently for the duration of licensure or certification, for each new household member 17 years of age or older.
II. For the duration of licensure or certification every individual selected for employment with any facility or entity required to be licensed or certified under this chapter shall submit to the employer a public criminal history record information authorization form, as provided by the division of state police, which authorizes the release of his or her public criminal history record information to the facility pursuant to RSA 106-B:14. This shall apply to any employee, including volunteers, whose scope of employment will involve direct contact with a client, client records or client tissue, body fluids, or other biological material. For the purposes of this paragraph, "volunteers" shall not include any person admitted to a facility or entity required to be licensed or certified under this chapter or who resides in an affiliated corporate entity that is an integral part of the same community.
III. The licensee or certificate holder shall submit the public criminal history record information authorization form to the division of state police after an applicant accepts a conditional offer of employment. The licensee or certificate holder shall review the results of the public criminal history record information check before making a final offer of employment. An employee shall not begin work before the final offer of employment is made.
IV. (a) Upon receipt of a public criminal history record information authorization form from a facility or entity licensed under this chapter, the division of state police shall conduct a public criminal history record information check pursuant to RSA 106-B:14 and provide the results to the licensee or certificate holder.
(b) The cost of criminal conviction record checks for such applicants shall be borne by the licensee or certificate holder, provided that the licensee or certificate holder may require an applicant to pay the actual cost of the criminal conviction record check.
V. (a) Any agency providing temporary or per diem staff to a facility or entity licensed or certified under this chapter shall conduct a criminal conviction record check pursuant to this section. The agency shall not offer the services of any person until the agency has reviewed the criminal history of the employee.
(b) The cost of criminal history record checks for such temporary or per diem staff shall be borne by the agency providing temporary or per diem staff to a home health care provider, provided that the agency providing per diem staffing may require the selected applicant for employment to pay the actual costs of the criminal conviction record check.
VI. The provisions of this section shall not apply to any person who is licensed by the board of nursing pursuant to RSA 326-B and has already undergone a criminal background check.

Source. 2003, 185:1, eff. July 1, 2003. 2008, 268:1, eff. Jan. 1, 2009. 2009, 250:1, eff. July 16, 2009. 2017, 202:1, eff. Sept. 3, 2017; 202:3, eff. June 30, 2019. 2019, 297:4, eff. July 1, 2019.