Disqualifying List of Crimes and Negative Actions

Certain criminal convictions, pending charges, and negative actions automatically disqualify a person from having unsupervised access to vulnerable adults, juveniles, and children. 

The three lists below describe the disqualifying crimes and negative actions adopted by the listed DSHS oversight programs for individuals with unsupervised access to vulnerable people.  If you have questions about which list applies to your background checks, contact the appropriate DSHS oversight program.  For DSHS employee background checks, contact the Human Resources Division (HRD).

1. List of Disqualifying Crimes and Negative Actions in Chapter 388-113 WAC applies to Programs under the following Administrations:

Aging and Long-Term Support Administration (ALTSA) Providers

  • Home and Community Services Division Providers
    • In-home Service Providers
    • Home Care Agencies
    • Individual Providers

Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) Providers

  • Group Homes
  • Providers
  • State Operated Living Alternatives (SOLA) Employees, including DSHS employees working in a SOLA

2. List of Disqualifying Crimes and Negative Actions  applies to Programs under the following Administration:

Children's Administration (CA) Providers

  • Foster Care Licensing
  • Adoptions
  • Providers

3. List of Disqualifying Crimes and Negative Actions  for Programs administered by DSHS, including DSHS state employees in covered positions with access to vulnerable people:

DSHS Employees*

Economic Services Administration (ESA) Providers

Financial Services Administration (FSA) Providers

Rehabilitation Administration (RA) Providers

Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) Providers

Special Commitment Center (SCC) Providers

Office of Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ODHH) Providers

* For DSHS employees working in a SOLA, see WAC 388-113.  For DSHS employees with access to sensitive information or any other DSHS background check that does not involve unsupervised access to vulnerable people, see the HRD background check policy and guidelines.