Established in Ohio law, to track those who are prohibited from working with people with developmental disabilities
The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities ("Department") maintains an Abuser Registry which is a list of employees who the Department has determined have committed one of the Registry offenses listed below. If your name is placed on the Registry you are barred from employment as a Developmental Disabilities employee in the state of Ohio. Because other state agencies require employers to check the Abuser Registry, placement on the Registry also prohibits you from being employed (1) by a Medicaid agency, being an owner (5 percent or more) of an agency or having a Medicaid Provider Agreement as a non-agency provider; (2) in a position to provide Ombudsman services or direct care services to anyone enrolled in a program administered by the Ohio Department of Aging; and (3) by a home health agency in a direct care position and may prevent you from being hired in a nursing home or residential care facility in a direct care position.
After 1 year, the person may petition the Department for removal of their name from the Registry. If the petition is denied, the name remains on the Registry.
The name of any "Developmental Disabilities (DD) employee" may be placed on the Registry. DD employee includes any Department employee, any employee of a county board of DD, an independent provider under Ohio Revised Code section 5123.16, and any employee providing specialized services to an individual with developmental disabilities. A specialized service is a program or service designed to primarily serve individuals with developmental disabilities including services by an entity licensed or certified by the Department.
- Physical Abuse - the use of any physical force that could reasonably be expected to result in physical harm.
Sexual Abuse - unlawful sexual
conduct (unprivileged intercourse or other sexual penetration) and
unlawful sexual contact (unprivileged touching of another's erogenous
Verbal Abuse - purposely using words to threaten, coerce, intimidate, harass or humiliate an individual.
Prohibited Sexual Relations-
Consensual touching of an erogenous zone for sexual gratification and
the individual is in the employee's care and the individual is not the
Neglect - when there is a duty
to do so, failing to provide an individual with any treatment, care,
goods or services necessary to maintain the health or safety of the
Misappropriation (Theft) - obtaining
the property of an individual or individuals, without consent, with a
combined value of at least $100. Theft of the individual's prescribed
medication, check, credit card, ATM card and the like are also Registry
Failure to Report Abuse, Neglect or Misappropriation -
the employee unreasonably does not report abuse, neglect or
misappropriation of the property of an individual with developmental
disabilities, or the substantial risk to such an individual of abuse,
neglect or misappropriation, when the employee should know that their
non-reporting will result in a substantial risk of harm to such
Conviction or plea of guilty to: Offense
of Violence - R. C. 2901.01, including convictions for the offense of
Assault, Menacing, Domestic Violence or Attempting to commit any offense
of violence; Sexual
Offenses - R. C. Chapter 2907; Theft
Offenses - R. C. Chapter 2913; Failing to provide for a functionally
impaired person – R.C. 2903.16; Patient Abuse or Neglect - R.C. 2903.34;
Patient Endangerment - 2903.341; and/or Endangering Children - 2919.22.