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DDS Fingerprint Background Checks

National Criminal Background Check (NCBC) requires a national check of candidates who apply for positions working with individuals served by DDS.

Please note, the DDS fingerprint check is distinct from and in addition to the existing CORI check. Please click here for any questions regarding the CORI check process and regulations.

A provider’s obligation to consult the Disabled Persons Protection Commission (DPPC) Abuse Registry before hiring employees is also distinct from the DDS fingerprint check process and is managed by the DPPC. Please click here if you have questions regarding the DPPC Abuse Registry and regulations.

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About

In 2014, the Legislature amended G.L. Ch. 19B, Section 19 (Chapter 234 of the Acts of 2014, An Act Requiring National Background Checks), to require a national check of candidates who apply for positions working with individuals served by the Department of Developmental Services (DDS). This check is in addition to the existing Massachusetts Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check.  

IdentoGO® by IDEMIA is the Commonwealths designated fingerprinting vendor, providing fingerprinting services to fulfill state fingerprinting mandates at numerous locations across the Commonwealth.  Prospective employees are required to provide a digital scan of their fingerprints at an IdentoGO® Fingerprint Enrollment Center located within Massachusetts.  That fingerprint scan is then transmitted to the FBI for a nationwide criminal check, and the results are returned to the DDS National Background Check Unit (NBCU) for review. 

Any person whose fingerprint results disclose a potentially disqualifying offense will receive notice of the disqualifying offense and will have the opportunity to change, correct, or update their criminal history in accordance with the procedures of the Department of Criminal Justice Information Services (DCJIS) and the FBI.  Individuals will have the opportunity to submit information to the DDS NBCU to allow for consideration of their suitability in accordance with the procedures described in 115 CMR 12.00.

As mentioned above, the DDS fingerprint check is distinct from and in addition to the existing CORI check. The DDS NBCU does not govern the CORI process.

Advisories

Important information, advice or recommendations relating to the DDS Fingerprint Background Check process.

DDS National Background Check Advisory May 2021

DDS National Background Check Advisory April 2021

Obtaining Access to the DDS Background Check System through Virtual Gateway

The DDS Background Check System is hosted by the Virtual Gateway overseen by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EHS). Please ensure your organization is setup with the Virtual Gateway before submitting a DDS Background Check System User Request Form.

Please note, it is recommended that each organization designates two to three human resource employees as users in the DDS Background Check System.

Trainings and Guides

Below is a list of training materials and guides meant to assist with navigating the Background Check System and the National Background Check process:

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