From: Christopher Treiber, Associate Executive Director for Children's Services, IAC
I received a question from one of our providers about the requirements of the Justice Center and whether they apply to Early Intervention Providers – specifically are EI providers required to clear staff through the Justice Center Staff Exclusion List (SEL)?
I checked with Nora Puffet from NYC BEI and she confirmed with Margaret Adeigbo at NYS DOH BEI that EI providers are required to clear all staff through the Justice Center SEL prior to employment. Please note that this is not a new requirement and many of our EI providers have been doing this for the past few years but I wanted to clear up any confusion.
I also checked the Justice Center website and found a chart that identifies all programs covered under the Justice Center Legislation and Early Intervention is included under #4
Staff Exclusion List Checks for Prospective Staff Hired on or after June 30, 2013
The Justice Center Legislation covers agencies and programs under New York State Social Services Law § 424-a
New York Social Services Law § 424-a. Access to information contained in the statewide central register of child abuse and maltreatment
3. For purposes of this section, the term “provider” or “provider agency” shall mean an authorized agency, the office of children and family services, juvenile detention facilities subject to the certification of such office, programs established pursuant to article nineteen-H of the executive law, non-residential or residential programs or facilities licensed or operated by the office of mental health or the office for people with developmental disabilities except family care homes, licensed child day care centers, including head start programs which are funded pursuant to title V of the federal economic opportunity act of nineteen hundred sixty-four, [FN1] as amended, early intervention service established pursuant to section twenty-five hundred forty of the public health law, preschool services established pursuant to section forty-four hundred ten of the education law, school-age child care programs, special act school districts as enumerated in chapter five hundred sixty-six of the laws of nineteen hundred sixty-seven, as amended, programs and facilities licensed by the office of alcoholism and substance abuse services, residential schools which are operated, supervised or approved by the education department, and any other facility or provider agency, as defined in subdivision four of section four hundred eighty-eight of this chapter, in regard to the employment of staff, or use of providers of goods and services and staff of such providers, consultants, interns and volunteers.
I also checked the IPRO Audit Materials – on page 2 under Personnel Records there is a reference to this requirement
State Central Registry (SCR): SCR screening, and a Staff Exclusion List (SEL) background check through the Justice Center completed by your agency, of all personnel who have regular and substantial contact with children. Not applicable for service coordinators, and staff who only conduct evaluations.