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Michigan Workforce Background Check Program

The State of Michigan's comprehensive background check program is designed to protect those receiving long-term care and children in childcare settings using an online system that assists in determining suitability of employment of prospective employees, independent contractors,  health professional licensees, and medical marijuana licensees. The Michigan Workforce Background Check (MWBC) system, launched in 2006 for healthcare providers, remained active after the pilot phase first under a contract from (then) Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) to Michigan State University, and is currently maintained, enhanced, and hosted at MSU IT under a contract from the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (MLARA). The Child Care Background Check system, launched in 2018, with funding from MLARA (using Michigan Department of Education grant funding), also remains under contract. In addition to creating the background checks web-based application, MSU researchers are studying the effectiveness of background checks in preventing abuse, as well as their effect on job creation in Michigan.


  • Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
  • Michigan State Police
  • Michigan State University
  • Yale University
  • Community advocates, and other stakeholders


  • Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
  • U.S. Centers for Medicaid and Medicare (original long-term care grant)
  • U.S. Department of Education (child care grant)


Sarah J. Swierenga

Director, Usability/Accessibility Research and Consulting
Professor by Courtesy, Department of Media and Information

Usability/Accessibility Research and Consulting