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Michigan’s Long-Term Care Background Check Program

UOE Contact:

Sarah J. Swierenga

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

Usability/Accessibility Research and Consulting

The State of Michigan's comprehensive background check program is designed to promote and protect the health and safety of Michigan's vulnerable populations. It uses an online system to assist in determining suitability of employment of prospective employees, independent contractors, or individuals seeking clinical privileges in long-term care settings. A team of MSU researchers received funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), through the State of Michigan to develop the Michigan Workforce Background Check system. 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. The Michigan Workforce Background Check system, launched in 2006, remained active after the pilot phase under a contract from the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) to Michigan State University, and is currently under a contract from the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA).


Partners:

  • Michigan Department of Community Health
  • Michigan Department of Human Services
  • Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
  • Michigan State Police
  • Michigan State University
  • Yale University
  • Long-term care community, advocates, and other stakeholders

Funders:

  • Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
  • U.S. Centers for Medicaid and Medicare