Accept Adam Walsh requests electronically
Accept child abuse or neglect registry checks online, eliminating the need for applicants to mail in documents. This is particularly helpful during COVID-19.
Who Can Do This?:
Someone with decision making authority over background check policies
Cost: Free, possibly
The Problem It Solves
Applicants are required to submit documents for the registry check by mail. This leads to longer wait times, and various clerical errors.
How To Do This
- Accept out of state abuse and neglect registry check requests by email. If your agency has specific requirements like “use black ink,” you may need to adjust these requirements first.
- Make electronic requests simpler by turning your current form into a fillable PDF, or a standard Microsoft Word document. Non-fillable PDFs must be printed and re-scanned, which is difficult for remote workers without a printer.
- Advocate for a requirement that your licensing system accept these requests electronically, if your system is embarking on an IT modernization effort.
Eliminates lost mail and reduces processing time by at least a week.
Who’s Doing This?
13 states accept Adam Walsh requests electronically.
- Ohio recently launched an electronic portal for requests.