To assist providers and study subjects with completing background study requirements, the Department of Human Services (DHS) is continuing the temporary extended timeline for background study subjects to be fingerprinted and photographed. This temporary extension will remain in effect through Sept. 30.
Study subjects will continue to have 45 days to complete the fingerprint and photo requirement. No action is required by entities. The 45-day fingerprinting deadline displays in the “Determination in Process” queue in NETStudy 2.0.
Please encourage study subjects to schedule their fingerprint and photo appointment with IDEMIA immediately after they receive the pre-enrollment email from IDEMIA.
14-day consent and disclosure requirement continues
The deadline for study subjects to complete the consent and disclosure process remains at 14 days. If it is not completed, the study subject’s application will close. Study subjects and entities receive reminder emails to complete this requirement. Entities may view whether study subjects have completed the consent and disclosure process by going to the “Consent and Disclosure Status” column in the “Determination In Process” queue within the NETStudy 2.0 system.
Return to full compliance fingerprint-based background studies
The deadline to submit a fully compliant study for individuals who only have an emergency study is Dec. 31. The Minnesota legislature approved the additional extension of emergency studies to return to full compliance background studies by law in June, and the new deadline of Dec. 31 cannot be extended by DHS. As a reminder, DHS encourages entities to continue to prioritize new hires and individuals affiliated with an entity’s license, while also continuing to submit their emergency studies in order to ensure full compliance by the end of the year.
Provider credits for emergency studies
The provider credit in NETStudy 2.0 will be available to use through Dec. 31. Credits for emergency background studies fees are available through NETStudy 2.0 for most entities. A guide for utilizing provider credits, "Emergency Background Study Credit Overview and Instructions," is available in the Help section of NETStudy 2.0.