Employment: Background Checks

To ensure the health and safety of the individuals we serve, County Boards, provider agencies, and the Department are required to regularly conduct background investigations on employees. These requirements are spelled out in the Ohio Revised Code 5123.081: Criminal Records Check and Administrative Rule 5123:2-2-02: Background Investigations for Employment.

This presentation has general information about requirements, including who is required to have a background check, and disqualifying offenses. Below is more information about different tools and resources.

Criminal Background Checks

Automated Registry Check System

The Automated Registry Check System (ARCS) makes conducting background investigations easier by checking all six required registries at once, rather than searching six different websites.


The Retained Applicant Fingerprint Background Check (Rapback) provides additional safeguards against allowing convicted criminals to remain in positions of trust by providing notifications of subsequent criminal activity.