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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 12, 2018

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Jennifer N. Brantley, Public Information Officer, Communications and Legislative Services, 402-471-8287, jennifer.brantley@nebraska.gov

DHHS Child and Adult Abuse and Neglect Central Registry Online Portal is Live

Lincoln –The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) launched its Child and Adult Abuse Central Registry Check online in March of this year.
 
Nebraska Law (Rev. Stat. 28-718 and 28-376) requires that the department keep records of persons DHHS or the courts find responsible for the abuse and neglect of a child or vulnerable adult.  DHHS maintains these records in the Nebraska Child and Adult Abuse and Neglect Central Registry. Previously, Nebraskans could only request background checks via U.S. Mail, email or facsimile. Requests should now be submitted through the new online portal or through U.S. Mail.
 
The online portal was created because the department is always looking for new ways to effectively serve Nebraskans, according to DHHS CEO Dr. Courtney Phillips. “We want to offer the people of Nebraska the best services, in a timely manner. Helping people live better lives also means keeping up with the latest technological advances and incorporating them into our processes, when possible,” she said.
 
In this case, the online portal helps users more easily request, receive and review background checks. Users are already reporting positive experiences with the portal.
 
“We love how fast the checks are coming back in the new system,” shared user Cari Harms, Human Resources Supervisor at CHI Health.
 
Jeff Kuhl, an office manager at Integrated Life Choices, also praised the timeliness of the system. “We generate hundreds of APS/CPS requests each year, so it’s imperative that we are able to submit and receive accurate requests and results with a dependable return time. The new APS/CPS online system that DHHS has launched takes this process to another level, and it’s much more user-friendly.”
 
The portal streamlines the background check process by:
  • Ensuring clear and accurate requests. All information is entered online.
  • Eliminating the return of requests. Information on requests is sometimes missing or illegible. The portal requires certain information be placed in data fields before electronic submission.
  • Permitting individuals to request a self-check. It is the responsibility of those whose backgrounds are being checked to enter their personal information and verify their identity, reducing the requester’s responsibility to verify identities. 
  • Allowing the review of all background checks and results. Through the portal, requester’s may review background checks and results, download them or monitor progress on requests. This improves access to information.
  • Allowing online identity verifications. A person’s identity can be easily verified online.

As of June 1, 2018 the Central Registry online portal has:

  • 3,064 total users.
  • 26,916 background check requests to date.
  • 50 percent have used the online ID verification.
  • 50 percent have used a notary attachment.

As an alternative to the portal, verification can be completed by a notary and the request sent through the U.S. Postal Service.

For more information, or to request a background check through the portal, visit https://ecmp.nebraska.gov/DHHS-CR/. Questions and/or concerns may be directed to DHHS at (402) 471-9272 or DHHS.CFSCentralRegistry@nebraska.gov.

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