Criminal History Background Checks Applicants/Facilities 

The Older Adults Protective Services Act (OAPSA) as amended by Act 169 of 1996 and Act 13 of 1997 mandates that specific types of facilities require applicants for employment to submit their applications with a report of criminal history record information. Effective July 1, 1998, applicants and employees must be free from certain criminal convictions.

Prior to application for employment, the applicant/employee will need to obtain a criminal history record check from the Pennsylvania State Police. The request can be obtained by completing a Criminal Record Check Form (SP4-164) or by visiting the Pennsylvania State Police web site at for more information.

If an applicant/employee has not been a resident of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for the entire 2 years (without interruption) immediately preceding the date of application for employment or currently lives out-of-state, in addition to the Pennsylvania State Police Criminal History Record Check, the applicant/employee will also need to obtain a Department of Aging FBI Criminal History Record Check. For more information, please visit 

Specific Facilities are defined under OAPSA include:

  • Adult Daily Living Centers
  • Assisted Living Residences
  • Birth Centers
  • Community Homes for Individuals with Mental Retardation
  • Community Residential Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Public Welfare (DPW) Nursing Facilities
  • DPW-licensed and DPW operated residential facilities for adults
  • Domiciliary Care Homes
  • Family Living Homes
  • *Home Care Registry
  • **Home Health Care Organization or Agency
  • Hospices
  • Intermediate Care Facilities for the Mentally Retarded (private and state)
  • Long Term Care Nursing Facilities
  • Long Term Structured Residences
  • Personal Care Homes
  • State Mental Hospitals

*A Home Care Registry or “Registry” is further defined to include those agencies licensed by the Department of Health any organization or business entity that supplies, arranges or refers independent contractors to provide activities of daily living or instrumental activities of daily living or specialized care in the consumer’s place of residence or other independent living environment for which the registry receives a fee, consideration or compensation of any kind.

**Home Health Care Agency is further defined to include those agencies licensed by the Department of Health and any public or private organization which provides care to a care-dependent individual in their place of residence.


Applicants and/or employees for the specific facilities covered under OAPSA employed on/and after July 1, 1998 must satisfy conditions of the Act for employment.

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PA Department of Aging
Bureau of Advocacy
Criminal History Background Unit
555 Walnut Street, 5th Floor
Harrisburg, PA 17101-1919
Phone: (717) 265-7887
Fax: (717) 772-2668