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Background Screening Clearinghouse (CLH)
APD has joined an online statewide background screening system, "The Clearinghouse." The purpose of the Clearinghouse is to provide a single source for background screening results for persons screened for employment or licensure who would provide services to children, the elderly and people with disabilities. It’s a new and more convenient way for APD providers to conduct background screenings on prospective employees.
APD providers are now able to use the Clearinghouse for their background screening requests, starting on May 25, 2015. Providers can now preregister with the system so they will be ready for the big change. This applies to the following types of providers:
- APD Providers
- APD Medicaid Waiver Providers
- APD Developmental Disability Centers
- APD Consumer-Directed Care Plus (CDC+) Consumers/Representatives
Providers must regsiter with the system before they can make background screening requests. To register, please visit the Instructions to Register page. More details can be found in the User Registration Guide for APD and Medicaid Providers posted below. Preregistration is free of charge. Consumer-Directed Care Plus (CDC+) participants can find more information specific to them on the CDC+ page. Once registered, providers can use the link below to access the system.
Clearinghouse Login: Single Sign-On Portal
Clearinghouse Training and User Guides
User guides are available online at:
In addition, training videos are available to assist new users on how to navigate and retrieve information from the Clearinghouse.
The Clearinghouse includes a list of live-scan vendors that allows users to make an appointment for fingerprinting online. The following information must be presented at the time of screening:
- A valid picture ID - Required by the Florida Dept. of Law Enforcement (FDLE).
- Agency Identifier (ORI) number - A number assigned by FDLE.
- Live Scan OCA number - A number issued by DCF.
Please contact the nearest DCF office or call the helpdesk at 1 (888) 352-2842 to obtain an ORI or Live-Scan OCA number.Clearinghouse Help Desk
For questions or help on how to use the Clearinghouse website, please contact:
Department of Children and Families (DCF) Help Desk: 1-888-352-2842
Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) Help Desk: 1-800-289-7799 Opt. 4
APD Background Screening Clearinghouse Contacts
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Consumer-Directed Care Plus (CDC+)
CDC+ consultants, participants, and representatives will have the opportunity to learn how to use the clearinghouse as part of onboard training and at support group meetings. Visit the CDC+ website to register for training and to check the schedules for updates.
Frequently Asked Questions
Please note background screening is just one part of the service application process. Visit APD's Provider Enrollment website for more information.
Clearinghouse Web Portal Questions (Coming soon)
Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) - Background Screening
Department of Children and Families (DCF) - Background Screening
Background Screening Clearinghouse - (AHCA) - Login Portal
393.0655 Florida Statute - Screening of direct service providers393.0657 Florida Statute- Persons not required to be refingerprinted or rescreened
408.809 Florida Statute - Background screening prohibited offenses
435.04 Florida Statute - Level 2 screening standards
110.027 Florida Statute Penalties