Georgia Criminal Background Check System (GCHEXS)

 

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​GCHEXS SYSTEM OVERVIEW

IMPORTANT: Effective October 1, 2019, prospective owners, administrators, directors, managers as well as job applicants who have direct access to clients will be required to have a criminal background check which includes a state and FBI fingerprint check. In addition, by January 1, 2021, all current owners and direct access employees will be required to complete a criminal background check. The following facility types will require a background check: 

  • Adult Day
  • Assisted Living 
  • Home Health
  • Hospice 
  • Intermediate Care Homes
  • Nursing Homes
  • Personal Care Homes 
  • Private Home Care 

In addition, please click Download this pdf file. here to see a list of licensed health care providers who are exempt from the state fingerprint background check requirements as long as the employer checks with the applicable licensing board to verify that the license is in good standing.  

This system may be accessed by clicking https://www.dch.gchexs.ga.gov. The mailbox for asking questions about the GCHEXS system is gchexs.user@dch.ga.gov. GCHEXS will allow certain facilities licensed by the Healthcare Facility Regulation Division (HFRD) more flexibility in conducting criminal background checks of prospective and current employees. GCHEXS will enable users to:

  • Easily check various registries, including the Certified Nurse Aide, Sex Offender and federal OIG Exclusions List;
  • Determine the status of an applicant's background check; and
  • Print the criminal background check fitness determination letter directly from the GCHEXS system.

GCHEXS will streamline applicant onboarding, background check processing, tracking and the notification process from beginning to end, increasing the efficiency with which providers and state staff can process and securely obtain Background Checks. 

Disqualifying Crimes

Please note, as of October 1, 2019, there is a list of disqualifying crimes that could prohibit employment and or licensure. Please see a list of those crimes Download this pdf file. here

Training Tutorials
Mandatory Long Term Care Background Check Program
Narcotic Treatment Program
Electronic Fingerprinting Information
Forms
Useful Links
Contact Information

Denise Matthews, Background Investigations Unit Manager

(O) 404 463-0115

(F) 404 463-4714

Email: dmatthews@dch.ga.gov

Sakinah Johnson, Background Investigations Unit Supervisor

(O) 404 463-3641

(F) 404 463-0250

Email: sakinah.johnson@dch.ga.gov

Heather Bond, Criminal History Specialist III

(O) 404 656-0464

(F) 404 463-4256

Email: heather.bond@dch.ga.gov