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                                                                                      CNA application tip.

When entering an application for a CNA that does not have a valid license because they are still in training or are waiting to take the test, enter them as "Certified Nurse Assistant in Training" for their job category/position.  In this way a license number is not required.  Those who are entered as a CNA but do not have a valid license will not be able to have thier applications processed until a valid license number is granted.

 

 

What is the Maine BCC?

The Maine Background Check Center (MBCC) is a secure, web-based system operated by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) in partnership with the Maine Department of Public Safety (DPS) and regulated employers that provide care and services to vulnerable Maine citizens.

Before the MBCC, employers accessed information repositories individually. This required a large amount of time, many paper reports, and risk of exposing sensitive and personal information belonging to applicants. The MBCC will greatly improve the process of vetting applicants and over time save money for employers. The MBCC will also streamline the review process and reduce the amount of tracking of paper documents that currently exists.

The MBCC has a feature known as the “Quick Check.” The screening process will start here, before any cost is incurred.  The employer can access public registries to determine immediatly if any disqualifiers are on record which may influence the decision to hire.

The ultimate goal of the MBCC is the protection and well-being of citizens receiving services in long-term care, childcare, and home or community-based settings throughout Maine.

There are many publications located on the MBCC website available for downloading.

 

Employers of Direct Access Workers:

If you are a provider and need to enter or monitor an employee(s) background check application you can login now on the top, right side of this page under "Employer Login".
If you do not have a login account for your entity, please contact the Maine Background Check Center at MBCC-Admin.DHHS@maine.gov
 

Archived News  

12/04/2018

Governor Paul LePage has announced the administrative closing of Departments and Agencies on Wednesday, December 5, 2018, during the National Day of Mourning in honor of former President George H. W. Bush.

You may continue to enter applications into the system during this time.  The office will re-open Thursday, December 6, 2018, at 8:00 a.m., at which time we will begin processing any background check that comes back with a criminal history.

10/17/2018

This message provides notice of rulemaking by the Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Licensing and Certification, that Maine Background Check Center Rule, 10-144 C.M.R. Chapter 60, has been adopted.

You can access the complete rule and related documents by going to the Division of Licensing and Certification’s rulemaking webpage at https://www.maine.gov/dhhs/dlc/rulemaking/index.shtml.  The link will be posted on this page under the Rules & Policy tab.  Interested parties may request paper copies by calling (207) 287-5825 or Maine Relay 711.

Additional information regarding the rulemaking process and weekly rulemaking updates can be found on the Secretary of State’s website at https://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/rules/guide.html.

10/11/2018

                                                      -Important information -

The MBCC will be going off-line Friday at 5PM while PayMaine performs a production code deployment and testing.  MBCC will be back on-line Sunday morning.  During this down time no work may be performed in the MBCC.  If you experience any problems with the payment portal after Sunday, please let MBCC staff know so that we may pass along the information to PayMaine.

10/01/2018

SBI will be deploying a production code update tomorrow morning, October 2nd.  They will stop all communication at 7:00am tomorrow which means that any application’s payment made after that time will not return a criminal history report until SBI is back on-line and resumes communication. SBI expects this update to take approximately 4 hours.

Once their deployment is completed all applications will be processed in a timely fashion.

If anyone has any questions please let us know.

07/17/2018The State Bureau of Identification (SBI) will be deploying an updated code to their production server this morning starting at 8:30 AM.  During this time background checks can be completed and submitted as usual, but there will be a delay in getting the criminal history processed and returned to you.  SBI expects this outage to last until about 11 am, but as soon as they are back on-line we will begin processing the criminal histories as quickly as we can.
05/29/2018

                                                        -Program Update-

Starting tomorrow morning at 7AM the MBCC will be making a code deployment to make some changes to multiple areas, but specifically the payment module.  With the new payment module, you will be able to add and remove applicants much like a shopping cart at an online retailer.  With this shopping cart you will be able to make payments with up to 25 applicants at once instead of one payment per applicant.  We are working on uploading an updated section to the user manual in the training portal.  If you have any questions or if you experience any issues with the new payment module, please contact the MBCC at 888-572-5839.  Our office hours tomorrow are 8am-5pm.

02/05/2018

MBCC is now open for all:

Personal Care Agencies, Placement Agencies, Assisted Living Facilities, Adult Day Care, Mental Health Agencies, Substance Abuse Agencies and Temporary Nurse Agencies.

The one year time frame for grandfathered employees also begins on 02/05/2018.

05/09/2018

-NOTIFICATION OF AGENCY RULEMAKING-

The Department of Health and Human Services, Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention performs rulemaking to implement or update policies and regulations regarding programs administered by the agency.

This message provides notice of a proposed new rule, in accordance with 5 M.R.S. §8053. The new rule being proposed is 10-144 C.M.R. Chapter 60, Maine Background Check Center Rule.

This rule is being proposed to comply with the Maine Background Check Center Act, 22 M.R.S. Ch. 1691.

During the comment period, please address all comments and questions to the agency contact person: Jonathan Leach, Policy Analyst, at 207-287-9395 or Jonathan.H.Leach@Maine.gov.

The complete rule and the Notice of Agency Rulemaking are available online at http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/rules/.

PUBLIC HEARING: Room 16, 286 Water Street, Augusta, ME; 9:00 a.m., May 31, 2018.

Interested parties may request a printed copy of the proposed rule by calling 287-9395 or Maine Relay number 711. The agency may impose a fee for costs associated with providing copies by mail.

04/12/2018The MBCC office will be closed on Monday, April 16th for the Patriot’s Day holiday.  Applications may be entered, but any needing processing will not be handled until Tuesday the 17th.
01/05/2018The notification letters have gone out to all Personal Care Agencies, Placement Agencies, Assisted Living Facilities, Adult Day Care, Mental Health Agencies, Substance Abuse Agencies and Temporary Nurse Agencies.  You may sign up for and use the system any time you like, but starting on 02/05/2018 you are required to use the system for all new hires.
11/20/2017

MBCC is now open for all:

Levels I, II, and IV Residential Care Facilities

The one year time frame for grandfathered employees will start on this date

10/16/2017The notification letters have gone out to all Residential Care providers levels I, II, and IV.  You may sign up for and use the system any time you like, but starting on 11/20/2017 you are required to use the system for all new hires.  The one year time frame for grandfathered employees will begin on 11/20/2017.
06/12/2017

MBCC is now open for all:

Level Three Residential Care Facilities

The one year time frame for grandfathered employees will start on this date

05/22/2017Rap Back is now active.  All prior applicants since day one have been added to the subscription list so no further action is required.

05/01/2017

 

MBCC is now open for all:

Hospice Agencies;

Home Health Agencies; 

Intermediate Care Facilities - Intellectual Disabilities

The one year time frame for grandfathered employees will start on this date.

04/12/2017

MBCC training videos have been added to the training portal alongside the user manual.  The link to the training portal will be added to this page shortly.  Until then, the training portal may be accessed by clicking the link below:

http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/dlrs/mds/training/mbcc.shtml

03/06/2017

MBCC open for all Long Term Care providers.  All new employees are to be run through the MBCC.  The one year time frame for grandfathered employees will start on this date.

 

 

 

 

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