About the Family Care Safety Registry
The passage of House Bill 490 established the Family Care Safety Registry (FCSR) and gave the Department of Health and Senior Services, in coordination with the Department of Social Services and the Department of Public Safety, the task of creating the Registry and toll-free call center, effective January 1, 2001. The passage of SB 48 in 2001 provided further enhancements to the FCSR.
The implementation of the FCSR helps ensure that persons caring for children, seniors, or physically or mentally disabled individuals can be screened for employment purposes. The law requires that every child care and elder care worker hired on or after January 1, 2001, and every personal care worker hired on or after January 1, 2002 to register. NOTE: For compliance with section 192.2495, RSMo., employees of licensed home health agencies or in-home services providers contracting with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services must register regardless of hire date. Families and other employers may contact the Registry to obtain a background screening, at no cost, by calling a toll-free call center, by FAX, or by mail. Eligible providers may request background screenings via a secure internet account.
How the Registry Works
The Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) created an electronic interface with the data systems maintained by the State Highway Patrol, Department of Social Services, Department of Mental Health, and various units within the Department of Health and Senior Services. Those wishing to hire a child care, elder care or personal care worker may contact the Registry via a toll-free call center, by FAX, by mail, or by approved Internet access, to obtain background screening information about a caregiver, which includes:
- State criminal history records maintained by the Missouri State Highway Patrol
- Sex Offender Registry maintained by the Missouri State Highway Patrol
- Child abuse/neglect records maintained by the Missouri Department of Social Services
- The employee disqualification list maintained by the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services
- The employee disqualification registry maintained by the Missouri Department of Mental Health
- Child-care facility licensure records maintained by the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services
- Foster parent licensure records maintained by the Missouri Department of Social Services
Workers Required to Register
A caregiver who fails to submit a completed registration form to the FCSR within 15 days of beginning employment may be guilty of a class B misdemeanor. Those required to register include employees of:
- A long-term care and residential care facility licensed by the Department of Health and Senior Services and the Department of Mental Health;
- A home health agency licensed by the Department of Health and Senior Services;
- An in-home service provider under contract with the Department of Social Services;
- A hospice agency licensed by the Department of Health and Senior Services;
- The portion of a hospital licensed by the Department of Health and Senior Services that has long term care beds;
- A licensed or license-exempt child care facility or licensed child care home regulated by the Department of Health and Senior Services;
- A child-placing agency licensed by the Department of Social Services;
- A residential care facility for children licensed or operated by the Department of Social Services or Department of Mental Health;
- A group home licensed or operated by the Department of Social Services or Department of Mental Health;
- A foster family home or foster group home licensed by the Department of Social Services or Department of Mental Health;
- A child care or elder care provider who receives state or federal funds for personal care providers who perform routine services or supports necessary for a person with a physical or mental disability to enter and maintain employment or to live independently. This includes those under contract with the Department of Mental Health, Department of Health and Senior Services or the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
Workers Not Required to Register
- Volunteers (those who do not receive reimbursement for their services)
- Related child care, elder care and personal care workers are not required to register. A related child care worker is defined as someone providing services to a child or children who is the child's or children's grandparent, great-grandparent, aunt or uncle, or sibling living in a residence separate from the child or children. A related elder care worker is defined as someone providing services to an elder who is the adult child, spouse, grandchild, great-grandchild or a sibling of such an elder.
- Child care workers for summer camps or voluntary associations designed primarily for recreational or educational purposes.
A person may register two ways:
- Online Registration with the FCSR is quick and easy. All an individual needs is Internet access, their Social Security number, and a valid credit or debit card for payment of the fee. The fee to register online is $12.00 plus a $1.25 processing fee.
- Mail a Worker Registration Form, a photocopy of the Social Security card, and a check or money order for the $12.00 registration fee (if applicable) to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Fee Receipts Unit, P.O. Box 570, Jefferson City, MO, 65102. Mailed forms are processed in the order received.
Eligible employers may request background information in three ways:
- Approved FCSR Internet Users may request screenings via the Internet, by clicking on Internet Background Screening Login.
- The FCSR maintains a toll-free call center to request background screenings on registered caregivers for employment purposes. FCSR screenings contain Missouri data only.
- The Employer Background Screening Request form allows eligible employers to submit an inquiry on multiple employees or prospective employees. Forms are processed in the order received.
The registrant will be notified in writing each time an employer requests information about them from the Registry. It is the responsibility of the registrant to contact the FCSR with any name or address change. The notification will contain the name and address of the business or person making the request and the background information released.