SORI Requirement

SORI Requirement

The Early Intervention Operational Standards, Health and Safety, Staff Requirements state that Early Intervention providers comply with all state and federal requirements regarding employee background record checks. As part of the FY 15 re-procurement process, additional language regarding Sex Offender Record Checks (SORI) was included in contract requirements and is an EEC requirement for all staff providing direct care in Child Care settings. It is the expectation of the Department that all staff providing direct services to children have a SORI as well as a CORI documented in their employee file. Programs will have until July 2016 to come into compliance with this new requirement for current staff. Additional information regarding SORI checks may be found on the following website (https://sorb.chs.state.ma.us/sorbpublic/standardSearchforSexOffenders.action) for level 3 offenders and level 2 offenders classified after July 2013. Programs may also access this website (www.mass.gov/eopss/crime-prev-personal-sfty/sex-offenders/obtaining-information-about-sex-offenders.html) and go to the last subheading which has this link to check individual sex offenders using a form (www.mass.gov/eopss/docs/sorb/request-tosorb.pdf). If there are a large number of applicants programs want to check then they should contact SORB directly at (978) 740-6400 to see whether they can send over a spreadsheet. Additional questions may be directed to your Regional Specialist.

 

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