Request for Central Registry Clearance Now Available through DHS
Several months ago House Bill 5910 was signed into law by Governor Jennifer M. Granholm. The bill amended the Child Protection Law to allow the Michigan Department of Human Services (DHS) to release Central Registry clearance information directly to employers and volunteer organizations. The released information can confirm an individual is not listed on the child abuse and neglect registry.
Recently, on August 14, an "L Letter" went to all
offices alerting them to the Child Protection Law amendment and how they should handle Central Registry clearance requests. Please contact Mentor Michigan to view a copy of the "L Letter."
Also available is the new
Request for Central Registry Clearance form
, which can be submitted to your local DHS office. By submitting this form, an individual seeking employment or the opportunity to serve as a volunteer will now be able to disclose necessary background information with any prospective employer or volunteer organization in a more efficient manner.
Prior to HB 5910's passage; DHS was prohibited from releasing Central Registry information except to statutorily listed individuals and organizations.
If you have any issues submitting a Central Registry Clearance form to your local DHS office please direct them to "L Letter" with the reference number L-09-110 CW, dated
August 14, 2009.
Special thanks go to the Mentor Michigan Providers Council for their help in obtaining passage of HB 5910.