Coming Soon – The Background Authorization Form is being revised to make self-disclosure questions clearer and making the form and instructions easier to understand. All DSHS programs and providers will start using the new form on July 1, 2015. Beginning July 1, 2015, the new form will be available on our forms page, http://www.dshs.wa.gov/fsa/background-check-central-unit/forms.
BCCU will accept the old forms through July 31, 2015, as long as the applicant did not self-disclosure to Questions 12, 13 or 14. BCCU will reject the old forms if the applicant has answered yes to Questions 12, 13 or 14 beginning July 1, 2015. All old forms received after July 31, 2015 will be rejected.
Background Check Central Unit (BCCU) conducts over 300,000 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 authorized service providers include but are not limited to:
Background checks conducted through BCCU are run through a centralized database, which enables BCCU to provide accurate and consistent background check information to all of our customers. Depending on the type of background check and the program requirements, BCCU’s central data system searches, stores, and send background check information from several sources that include:
BCCU uses the information that is gathered to determine the type of result letter based on the criteria set by the DSHS program that oversees the background check activities; each program has a different criteria. The results are provided to the authorized service providers and DSHS programs that requested the check. BCCU does not make hiring or contracting decisions; BCCU collects and reports the information reported to us. Hiring decisions are made by the authorized service provider 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 procedures.
DSHS created BCCU in August 2000 with the consolidation of five smaller background check units that were operating in DSHS. Today BCCU is located within the Financial Services Administration, Operations Support and Services Division.
If you have questions about program requirements, please call your program representative, licenser, contractor, or social worker.