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Continued: Feb. 2: Tighter screening being sought for Minnesota's caregivers

  • Article by: CHRIS SERRES , Star Tribune
  • Last update: July 18, 2014 - 11:07 PM

Kerber said the state is initially focusing on PCAs for the FBI background checks because they have had a higher rate of criminal offenses, as well as more turnover.

“Here [PCAs] are in people’s homes often without any supervision or oversight and providing very intimate care,” Kerber said.

Rep. Tina Liebling, DFL-Rochester, chair of the House Health and Human Services Policy Committee, said she supports the proposals but is concerned about the state and FBI “collecting zillions of fingerprints on innocent people.”

“I don’t like the idea of people having to be fingerprinted to have a job,” Liebling said. “But the reason [is] to attempt to streamline and simplify the background check system, and in the end to make it less intrusive for the people having to go through it.”


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