SB 152 is AN ACT relative to criminal history background checks for certain health care workers.
This is the bill that was written based on LSR 2017-0860, discussed at the NHNA Legislative Town Hall Forum. This bill amends RSA 151:2-d, to allow for certain health care workers to received provisional licenses pending the completion of the criminal background check. The specific amendment reads: “Pending the results of the criminal conviction record check an employee may begin working provisionally if he or she is under the direct supervision of a licensed staff person and he or she has revealed no disqualifying criminal history on the notarized criminal conviction record release authorization form.” It is important to note that the language is “may” work, allowing employers concerned with this provision to defer onboarding until the full background check is completed.
This bill is an outgrowth of one of the recommendations of the Commission to Study the Shortage of Nurses and other Skilled Healthcare Workers for Home Health Care Services and Post-Acute Services (HB 439).
NHNA’s Commission on Government Affairs is in favor of this bill.
A hearing on this bill was held on February 2, 2017 at 9:45 AM, Room 101 LOB. On 3/8/17 Senate Committee on Health & Human Services indicated this bill ought to pass with amendment. On 3/16/17 this bill PASSED in the Senate and moved to the House. House hearing was held on 3/28/17; bill then moved to Executive Session on 3/29/17.
On 4/5/17 the House Committee on Health & Human Services voted to pass an amended version of this bill. Bob Dunn reported that the Board of Nursing is "fine" with the amended version of this bill. On 4/20/17 bill moved to House Committee on Executive Departments & Administration.
A House hearing on this bill was held on 5/2/17; it has moved to a House subcommittee work session. On 5/16/17 the House Committee on Executive Departments & Administration indicated this bill ought to pass. On 6/17/17 this bill PASSED in the House. On 6/8/17 House concurred with Senate amendments.
On 6/22/17 this bill was ordered enrolled.