Office for People With Developmental Disabilities

Oversight of Criminal History Record Checks for Employees of Voluntary Agencies and Registered Providers (Follow-Up)

The Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (Office) provides residential, day and family support services to approximately 140,000 New Yorkers with developmental disabilities. All prospective employees, including those at voluntary agencies and register providers who have regular and substantial unsupervised or unrestricted physical contact with the developmentally disabled, are required by law to undergo a background check as a condition of their employment. In audit report 2007-S-112, we examined the voluntary agencies' and registered providers' compliance with this requirement and found that, in general, they were in compliance. We also found that the Office's oversight appeared to be adequate to detect instances of noncompliance. However, we also determined that certain improvements were needed in the Office's oversight procedures. When we followed up with Office officials, we found that they have made some progress in addressing the matters in our initial audit report.

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