- Associated Press - Thursday, August 6, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - State health officials have announced a new background check program for long-term care workers in West Virginia.

On Wednesday, the Department of Health and Human Resources announced its West Virginia Clearance for Access: Registry and Employment Screening program.

The program requires applicants for jobs with access to residents or beneficiaries of long-term care services to undergo fingerprint-based state and national criminal history checks.

The requirement applies to applicants for positions in various settings, from skilled nursing facilities to adult day cares.

The program will be phased in over six months starting this month. All providers will use the system by 2016.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin signed the program into law after the Legislature passed it unanimously. It uses a grant within a background check program in the Affordable Care Act.

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