|To promote the safety of residents, visitors, and staff; all long-term care facilities must screen potential residents for information relevant to determining each person’s potential for placing others at risk of harm.|
For each resident, within 24 hours of admission, facilities not exempted by 210 ILCS 45/201.5b must request a Uniform Criminal Information Act (UCIA) name-based criminal history record from the Illinois State Police using the Criminal History Information Response Process (CHIRP).
Per March 13, 2020 revised COVID-19 guidance from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, nursing homes are to restrict visitation of all visitors and non-essential health care personnel, except for certain compassionate care situations. Considering public health and public safety priorities and LTC resources, IDPH is instituting the following until further notice:
Facilities are responsible for taking all steps necessary to ensure the safety of residents at all times. Please direct all questions to DPH.IOS@ILLINOIS.GOV.
- LTCs should only conduct name-based background checks for residents admitted to the facility. Fingerprinting of LTC residents should be suspended until further notice.
- LTCs should continue to report identified offenders to IDPH using the web-based submission portal.
- Assessments of identified offender residents will be conducted via phone as feasible, with priority for offenders who pose highest risk of harm.
Please note: The facility shall be responsible for taking all steps necessary to ensure the safety of residents while the results of a name-based background check or a fingerprint-based background check are pending; while the results of a request for waiver of a fingerprint-based check are pending; and/or while the Identified Offender Report and Recommendation is pending.
Before clicking the NEXT button below, you must be ready to upload a pdf copy of the UCIA criminal history record, as well as either a FEAPP Fingerprint Consent form, or an approved fingerprint waiver, and the Fingerprint Vendor Receipt.
|For more information:|
Links to instructions for requesting and reviewing UCIA and FEAPP criminal history records, as well as a number of other resources, can be found by visiting the Identified Offenders Program website.
|Contact Information:||Illinois Department of Public Health|
Division of Patient Safety & Quality
Identified Offenders Program
122 S. Michigan Ave. Suite 700
Chicago, IL 60603
Phone: (312) 814-2149 or (312) 793-3914
Fax: (312) 814-2757