KARES (Kentucky Applicant Registry and Employment Screening)
||National Background Check for Long-Term Care Employees
KARES is a fingerprint-supported state and FBI background check program available to long-term care employers. By adding voluntary FBI checks to the currently required state checks, applicants seeking employment in long-term care settings will not be able to hide criminal actions committed in other states.
All long-term care employers eligible to participate in KARES are strongly encouraged to enroll in the program voluntarily and help reduce the potential for abuse, neglect or exploitation (including financial exploitation) of elderly and vulnerable adults. The Cabinet for Health and Family Services anticipates that KARES will be rolled out statewide in early 2014.
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||Types of Providers Currently Eligible to Participate in KARES
- Long-term care facilities which includes family care homes, personal care homes, intermediate care facilities, nursing facilities, nursing homes and intermediate care facilities for individuals with intellectual disabilities;
- Nursing pools which provide staff to long-term care facilities or providers;
- Adult day health care programs;
- Assisted living-communities;
- Home health agencies;
- Personal services agencies;
- Long-term acute-care hospitals;
- Providers of home- and community-based services; and
- Staffing agencies with a contracted relationship to provide one or more of the employer types listed above with personnel.
KARES Overview Presentation