2013 New Jersey Revised Statutes
Title 26 - HEALTH AND VITAL STATISTICS
Section 26:2Y-5 - Criminal history record background check for applicants for licensure as adult family caregiver.
26:2Y-5 Criminal history record background check for applicants for licensure as adult family caregiver.
5. a. The department shall establish a program to check the criminal history record background of any applicant for licensure as an adult family care caregiver as well as any person who may act as a substitute caregiver, as defined by regulation of the commissioner, and any non-client 18 years of age or above who resides in the adult family care home. The criminal history record background check shall include the exchange of fingerprint data with, and the receipt of criminal history record information from, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Division of State Police.
b.A person shall be disqualified from being licensed as an adult family care caregiver or acting as a substitute caregiver if the check of his criminal history record background reveals a conviction for any of the following crimes or offenses, and a home shall be disqualified from being approved as an adult family care home if the criminal history record background check of any non-client 18 years of age or older who resides in the home reveals a conviction for any of the following crimes or offenses:
(1)In New Jersey, any crime or disorderly persons offense:
(a)involving danger to the person, meaning those crimes and disorderly persons offenses set forth in N.J.S.2C:11-1 et seq., N.J.S.2C:12-1 et seq., N.J.S.2C:13-1 et seq., N.J.S.2C:14-1 et seq., or N.J.S.2C:15-1 et seq.; or
(b)against the family, children or incompetents, meaning those crimes and disorderly persons offenses set forth in N.J.S.2C:24-1 et seq.; or
(c)involving theft as set forth in chapter 20 of Title 2C of the New Jersey Statutes; or
(d)involving any controlled dangerous substance or controlled substance analog as set forth in chapter 35 of Title 2C of the New Jersey Statutes except paragraph (4) of subsection a. of N.J.S.2C:35-10; or
(e)any other crime or disorderly persons offense substantially related to the qualifications or duties of an adult family care caregiver.
(2)In any other state or jurisdiction, conduct which, if committed in New Jersey, would constitute any of the crimes or disorderly persons offenses described in paragraph (1) of this subsection.
c.Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection b. of this section to the contrary, an applicant shall not be denied a license when the person found to have a conviction as specified in subsection b. of this section affirmatively provides evidence satisfactory to the department of the person's rehabilitation. In determining the person's rehabilitation, the department shall consider the following factors, as applicable:
(1)the nature and seriousness of the offense;
(2)the circumstances under which the offense occurred;
(3)the date of the offense;
(4)the age of the person when the offense was committed;
(5)whether the offense was an isolated or repeated incident;
(6)any social conditions which may have contributed to the offense; and
(7)any evidence of rehabilitation, including good conduct in prison or in the community, counseling or psychiatric treatment received, acquisition of additional academic or vocational schooling, successful participation in correctional work-release programs, or the recommendation of those who have had the person under their supervision.
d.Upon receipt of the criminal history record and a determination that an applicant should be disqualified from acting as a caregiver or that a home should be disqualified as an adult family care home, the department shall so notify the applicant in writing. The notice shall specify the convictions upon which the disqualification is based.
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