Rooney measure broadening background checks for caregivers at residential homes on Governor’s desk

TRENTON, N.J. – Legislation protecting disabled residents, sponsored by Assemblyman Kevin J. Rooney, was approved today by the Assembly and moves to Gov. Christie’s desk. The bill (S3554/A5210) expands background checks on workers and agencies hired to care for disabled residents. It passed the Senate in December.

“For the safety and well-being of our most vulnerable residents, we must ensure that care providers are qualified and trustworthy,” said Rooney (R-Bergen). “Thorough background checks are essential to identifying those who may be a threat.”

Rooney’s bill reflects recommendations by the state auditor following a review of licensed residential programs serving people with developmental disabilities. It requires federal and state criminal background checks at least once every two years for residence operators or those who supervise care.