Staffing: Background Checks

Recovery Housing Staffing > Staffing: Background Checks


Background checks should be conducted as required by federal, state and local law on all staff, including volunteers who may have direct and regular interaction with residents.

It is up to a recovery housing organization to create a policy concerning background checks that is in compliance with local, state and federal laws. This includes federal laws that protect the applicant from discrimination based upon race, national origin, sex, or religion, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information and age. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) enforces these laws.

Also there may be requirements by funders or others to perform background checks on staff

If background checks are performed know…

  • Who is subject to background checks?
  • Which background checks will be performed? Criminal and/or credit?
  • How often checks will be performed?
  • How will the organization respond to the results of the background check?


It is highly recommended that you contact an attorney to assist you in understanding these laws as you develop your policy.

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