The Health Care Worker Registry lists individuals with a background check conducted pursuant to the Health Care Worker Background Check Act (225 ILCS 46). It shows training information for certified nursing assistants (CNA) and other health care workers. Additionally, it displays administrative findings of abuse, neglect or misappropriations of property. It is maintained by the Department of Public Health.
The Health Care Worker Background Check Act applies to all unlicensed individuals employed or retained by a health care employer as home health care aides, nurse aides, personal care assistants, private duty nurse aides, day training personnel, or an individual working in any similar health-related occupation where he or she provides direct care (e.g., resident attendants, child care/habilitation aides/developmental disabilities aides, and psychiatric rehabilitation services aides) or has access to long-term care residents or the living quarters or financial, medical or personal records of long-term care residents. It also applies to all employees of licensed or certified long-term care facilities who have or may have contact with residents or access to the living quarters or the financial, medical or personal records of residents. Individuals with disqualifying convictions (please see Disqualifying Convictions in the left-hand navigation for list), as listed in the act, are prohibited from working in any of the above positions unless a waiver has been granted by the Department of Public Health. A health care employer must verify registry status of an individual applying for the above positions prior to employment. Verifications can be made by contacting us (see right-hand column) or this Web site.
Nursing assistants/aides working in licensed and or certified skilled nursing facilities, intermediate care facilities and home health agencies must be certified. Please see CNA Facts in the left-hand navigation for details. Training programs for developmental disability aides are coordinated by the Illinois Department of Human Services.