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Continued: New scrutiny for caregivers, including fingerprints

  • Article by: CHRIS SERRES , Star Tribune
  • Last update: May 14, 2014 - 10:37 AM

The system will be paid for with a $3 million grant from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. At least 18 other states have implemented a similar system.

Still, it remains to be seen how caregivers will react to the regimen of having to be fingerprinted. In October, DHS plans to have about 50 fingerprinting stations set up across Minnesota. The stations will be spread out geographically, so that no single caregiver will have to drive more than 40 miles to get fingerprinted.

Charles Samuelson, executive director of the ACLU of Minnesota, called the statewide fingerprinting effort a waste of public money. Somewhat sarcastically, Samuelson questioned why the state was creating its own fingerprint stations rather than relying on local police.

“Why don’t we just take them down to the [police] precincts and just book them?” Samuelson said. “They are already well suited to take mug shots and fingerprints.”

Chris Serres • 612-673-4308

Twitter: @chrisserres

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