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BCCU is currently experiencing a delay in processing some background checks. Primary cause of delay is staff shortage. We are trying to complete our work through overtime and staff training.
We apologize for the inconveniences caused by this delay and will keep you informed of our progress through ListServ email notifications. For our current turnaround times, please visit our Turnaround Times page.
What We Do
The Background Check Central Unit (BCCU) uses a centralized database to conduct over 330,000 background checks annually, including approximately 100,000 fingerprint based checks for Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) programs and authorized service providers who serve vulnerable adults, juveniles, and children. Our DSHS authorized service providers include, but are not limited to:
Adult in-home care providers
Long-term residential care for adults
Services for people with developmental disabilities
Residential programs for children and youth
What information sources does BCCU search when completing a background check?
Depending on the type of background check and the program requirements, BCCU reports background check information from the following sources:
Applicant Self-Disclosure - Current and previous background check self-disclosures
Department of Corrections (DOC) - Conviction information
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) - National conviction information, arrest and pending charges, and national sex offender registry
Negative Actions - Aging and Long-Term Support Administration (ALTSA)/Resident and Client Protection Program, ALTSA/Adult Protective Services, Children’s Administration/Child Protective Services, and Department of Health (DOH) including, out-of-state service provider and professional license status
Washington State Courts and other state court systems
Washington State Patrol (WSP) - WA State conviction information, arrest and pending charges of less than 12 months, DOC activity, and Registered sex offender status
Western Identification Network (WIN) - State police records from Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Wyoming
How does BCCU use the reported information?
BCCU uses the reported information to determine the type of result notification based on the criteria set by the DSHS program that oversees the background check activities; each program has different criteria. The results are provided to the authorized service providers and DSHS programs that requested the background check.
Does BCCU make hiring decisions?
BCCU does not make hiring or contracting decisions; BCCU collects and reports the information reported. Decisions to hire or contract an applicant are made by the hiring entity or DSHS program. The rules or protocols entities are expected to follow are based on the laws and rules of the DSHS oversight program and on their own internal policies and procedures.
You may also want to visit:
- Background Check Authorizations(DSHS/DDA)
- I-1163 Adult Family Home "Dear Administrator" Letter BH #2012-002(DSHS/ALTSA)
- I-1163 Fingerprint Background Check Instructions (DSHS/ALTSA) AFHs, BHs, Home Care Agencies
- I-1163 Training Requirements (DSHS/ALTSA)
- Disqualifying List of Crimes and Negative Actions
If you have questions about program requirements, please call your program representative, licenser, contractor, or social worker.