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Who is required to have a background study?

State law requires that people who provide direct contact services in certain health and human service settings to have a background study completed by the Department of Human Services (DHS).

Direct contact services means providing face-to-face care, training, supervision, counseling, consultation or medication assistance to people served in health and human services programs. This may include volunteers, staff from temporary personnel agencies and students in educational programs, if they provide unsupervised direct contact services.

DHS background studies are also required for certain other people such as guardians and conservators, guardians ad litem, people who provide foster care for children and people who are seeking to adopt a child.

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