(a) There is established within the Bureau of Senior Services an in-home care worker registry which is to be maintained by the bureau. The purpose of the registry is to provide the public a list of in-home care workers, along with their qualifications, who voluntarily agree to be included and who have passed a criminal background check.
(b) "In-home care worker" means an unlicensed person who provides personal care or other services and supports to persons with disabilities or to the elderly in order to enhance their well-being and which involves face-to-face direct contact with the person. Functions performed may include but are not limited to assistance and training in activities of daily living, personal care services, and job-related supports.
(c) The bureau shall propose rules for legislative approval in accordance with the provisions of article three, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code, to establish the following:
(1) The registry of in-home care workers;
(2) The requirements for inclusion on the registry as an 'in-home care worker,' including educational attainment;
(3) A fee schedule of proposed rates for those services and supports provided by the in-home care worker based upon qualifications of the in-home care workers, such as educational attainment;
(4) Requirement of completion and passage of a criminal background check, consisting of checking the National Instant Criminal Background Check System and the West Virginia criminal history record responses. If an in-home care worker is included on the list with a criminal history indicated on his or her criminal back ground check, that information shall be noted on the registry. The bureau may not remove a person from the registry if the criminal background check reveals any negative information;
(5) How a person obtains information from the registry; and
(6) Any other requirement necessary to implement the provisions of this section. Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2012 1st Special Session