Policy Change Effective April 1, 2007 for New Early Intervention Credential Applicants
In the interest of creating the safest possible environment for young children being served by credentialed Early Intervention Providers, the Department of Human Services, Bureau of Early Intervention requires the following checks for all providers applying for or renewing an EI credential:
No Provider shall be credentialed to provide early intervention services without the clearance results from all checks being documented by Provider Connections. The following sections detail the background checks processes.
NOTE: A previously conducted background check will be accepted as long as it was conducted using Provider Connections' ORI # and is no more than 1 year old at the time of applying for an Early Intervention Credential. This does not apply to CANTS. A new CANTS CFS 689 form must be submitted with the application.
Information concerning background checks obtained by Provider Connections shall be kept confidential. If it has been determined that an applicant for an EI credential has not served or completed a sentence for a conviction of any of the felonies set forth in 225 ILCS 46/25 (a) and (b) within the preceding five years [5 ILCS 500/50-101] and; has not been indicated as a perpetrator of child abuse or neglect in an in an investigation by Illinois or another state for at least the previous five years and; that the applicant has not been identified in the Sex Offender Database as a sex offender and the applicant has met the requirements for credentialing according to Rule 500; then Provider Connections, overseen by Department of Human Services, Bureau of Early Intervention, shall issue the applicant a credential.
For further information or guidance regarding criminal history records checks, please review the Guide to Understanding Criminal Background Check Information provided by the Illinois State Police: http://www.isp.state.il.us/media/docdetails.cfm?DocID=508.