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Pennsylvania Act 153

Pennsylvania Act 153 was originally passed by the legislature in October 2014 and was subsequently amended on July 1, 2015. Act 153 amended the background certification requirements of the Pennsylvania Child Protective Services Law for certain employees, volunteers and other individuals who interact with minors. In particular, Act 153 altered the criminal background check requirements for employees of institutions of higher education who interact with minors.

Act 153 requires covered employees to obtain three different background certifications. The three background certifications are:

  • Pennsylvania Criminal History Check through the Pennsylvania State Police
  • Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Check through the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services
  • FBI Criminal History Check. This check requires the individual to submit his/her fingerprints to the FBI

Act 153 requires that certifications be renewed every sixty months (five years).

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