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Chapter 245C

Section 245C.08

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245C.08 BACKGROUND STUDY; COMMISSIONER REVIEWS.
    Subdivision 1. Background studies conducted by commissioner of human services. (a)
For a background study conducted by the commissioner, the commissioner shall review:
    (1) information related to names of substantiated perpetrators of maltreatment of vulnerable
adults that has been received by the commissioner as required under section 626.557, subdivision
9c
, paragraph (i);
    (2) the commissioner's records relating to the maltreatment of minors in licensed programs,
and from findings of maltreatment of minors as indicated through the social service information
system;
    (3) information from juvenile courts as required in subdivision 4 for individuals listed in
section 245C.03, subdivision 1, clauses (2), (5), and (6);
    (4) information from the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension;
    (5) except as provided in clause (6), information from the national crime information system
when the commissioner has reasonable cause as defined under section 245C.05, subdivision 5; and
    (6) for a background study related to a child foster care application for licensure or adoptions,
the commissioner shall also review:
    (i) information from the child abuse and neglect registry for any state in which the
background study subject has resided for the past five years; and
    (ii) information from national crime information databases, when the background study
object is 18 years of age or older.
    (b) Notwithstanding expungement by a court, the commissioner may consider information
obtained under paragraph (a), clauses (3) and (4), unless the commissioner received notice of
the petition for expungement and the court order for expungement is directed specifically to the
commissioner.
    Subd. 2. Background studies conducted by a county agency. (a) For a background study
conducted by a county agency for adult foster care, family adult day services, and family child
care services, the commissioner shall review:
    (1) information from the county agency's record of substantiated maltreatment of adults and
the maltreatment of minors;
    (2) information from juvenile courts as required in subdivision 4 for individuals listed in
section 245C.03, subdivision 1, clauses (2), (5), and (6); and
    (3) information from the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.
    (b) If the individual has resided in the county for less than five years, the study shall include
the records specified under paragraph (a) for the previous county or counties of residence for the
past five years.
    (c) Notwithstanding expungement by a court, the county agency may consider information
obtained under paragraph (a), clauses (3) and (4), unless the commissioner received notice of
the petition for expungement and the court order for expungement is directed specifically to the
commissioner.
    Subd. 3. Arrest and investigative information. (a) For any background study completed
under this section, if the commissioner has reasonable cause to believe the information is
pertinent to the disqualification of an individual, the commissioner also may review arrest and
investigative information from:
    (1) the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension;
    (2) the commissioner of health;
    (3) a county attorney;
    (4) a county sheriff;
    (5) a county agency;
    (6) a local chief of police;
    (7) other states;
    (8) the courts;
    (9) the Federal Bureau of Investigation;
    (10) the National Criminal Records Repository; and
    (11) criminal records from other states.
    (b) The commissioner is not required to conduct more than one review of a subject's records
from the Federal Bureau of Investigation if a review of the subject's criminal history with the
Federal Bureau of Investigation has already been completed by the commissioner and there has
been no break in the subject's affiliation with the license holder who initiated the background study.
    Subd. 4. Juvenile court records. (a) The commissioner shall review records from the
juvenile courts for an individual studied under section 245C.03, subdivision 1, clauses (2) and (5).
    (b) For individuals studied under section 245C.03, subdivision 1, clauses (1), (3), (4), and
(6), and subdivision 2, who are ages 13 to 17, the commissioner shall review records from the
juvenile courts when the commissioner has reasonable cause.
    (c) The juvenile courts shall help with the study by giving the commissioner existing
juvenile court records on individuals described in section 245C.03, subdivision 1, clauses (2),
(5), and (6), relating to delinquency proceedings held within either the five years immediately
preceding the background study or the five years immediately preceding the individual's 18th
birthday, whichever time period is longer.
    (d) For purposes of this chapter, a finding that a delinquency petition is proven in juvenile
court shall be considered a conviction in state district court.
    (e) Juvenile courts shall provide orders of involuntary and voluntary termination of parental
rights under section 260C.301 to the commissioner upon request for purposes of conducting a
background study under this chapter.
History: 2003 c 15 art 1 s 8; 1Sp2003 c 14 art 6 s 5; 2004 c 288 art 1 s 45-47; 1Sp2005
c 4 art 1 s 28,29; 2007 c 112 s 29; 2007 c 147 art 3 s 12,13