110 CMR 18.08 - CORI Investigations

(1) Department Employees, Volunteers, Interns, Trainees.
(a) All applicants shall complete the appropriate CORI request form.
(b) After the hiring authority makes a conditional offer of a position to an individual, subject to consideration of any criminal record, the completed CORI request form or electronic equivalent shall be forwarded to the Department Central Office Background Record Check (BRC) Unit, in accordance with Department policy.
(c) All CORI investigations that result in a finding of "no record" shall be transmitted back to the hiring authority and shall provide sufficient evidence of suitability for hire for 60 business days. A "no record" finding may be valid for consideration for other positions during this 60 day period.
(d) All CORI investigations that show findings of criminal records shall be sent immediately to the hiring authority for review consistent with 110 CMR 18.00.
(2) Department Foster/Pre-adoptive Parents.
(a) Whenever an individual contacts the Department for the purpose of applying to be a foster or pre-adoptive parent, the Department shall conduct a CORI investigation as part of the Department initial screening process on the individual(s) applying and household members 14 years and older.
(b) The Department shall conduct a CORI investigation of any household member 14 years of age or older during the initial homestudy/evaluation of the foster/pre-adoptive home and during the annual reassessment of the foster/pre-adoptive home.
(c) The Department BRC Unit shall conduct the CORI investigations for the Department in accordance with policies and procedures established by the Department.
(d) The results of the CORI investigation shall be transmitted back to the Department employee requesting the CORI investigation. If the CORI investigation shows findings of a criminal record, the Department shall proceed consistent with 110 CMR 18.00, M.G.L. c. 119, § 26A, M.G.L. c. 210, § 3B and Department policy and procedures for background record checks.
(3) Department Vendors not Licensed by the Department of Early Education Care.
(a) All applicants shall complete the appropriate CORI request form.
(b) After the hiring authority makes a conditional offer of a position to an individual, subject to consideration of any criminal record, the completed CORI request form or electronic equivalent shall be forwarded to the CHSB EOHHS CORI Unit, in accordance with the policies of the CHSB.
(c) All CORI investigations that result in a finding of "no record" shall be transmitted back to the hiring authority and shall provide sufficient evidence of suitability for hire for 60 business days. A "no record" finding may be valid for consideration for other positions during this 60 day period.
(d) All CORI investigations that show findings of criminal records shall be sent immediately to the hiring authority for review consistent with 110 CMR 18.00.
(4) Department Vendors Licensed by the Department of Early Education and Care. Department Vendors Licensed by EEC shall conduct CORI investigations in accordance with EEC regulations found at 102 CMR.
(5) Poster/Pre-adoptive Parents Approved and/or Licensed by a Department Contracted Provider Agency.
(a) Before a child in the Department's care or custody can be placed in a foster/pre-adoptive home of a Department vendor agency, a CORI investigation must have been conducted on the foster/pre-adoptive parent(s) and any household member 14 years of age or older.
(b) The CORI investigation may be conducted by the Department BRC Unit in accordance with policy and procedures established by the Department
(c) If the Department conducts the CORI investigation, the results shall be transmitted back to the Department unit having responsibility for overseeing the contracted provider agency.
(d) The Department unit having responsibility for overseeing the contracted provider agency shall contact the provider agency to discuss the CORI Investigation results and determine, if needed, whether to proceed in accordance with 110 CMR 18.10 and 110 CMR 18.11, M.G.L. c. 119, § 26A, M.G.L. c. 210, § 3B and the Department's policy and procedures for background record checks.

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110 CMR 18.08

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