Background Screening

Valerie Brinkley, Coordinator
Background Screening
Division of Statewide-Community
Base Services

Background Screening Unit
Telephone: (850) 414-2093
FAX: (850) 617-6595

Background Screening
(850) 414-2161 (OPPG only)

(850) 414-2093
(850) 414-2124
(850) 414-2329 (Ombudsman Only)

Analyst Available Mon-Fri
8:00am – 5:00pm

Clearinghouse Overview

Welcome to the Department of Elder Affairs (Department) Care Provider Background Screening Clearinghouse (Clearinghouse) site, dedicated to providing up-to-date Clearinghouse information. 

The Department is one of seven state agencies that uses the statewide screening database Clearinghouse. The Clearinghouse provides a single data source administered by the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) for background screening results for persons screened for candidacy as an employee/independent contractor or volunteer that provides service to children, the elderly and disabled individuals. The Clearinghouse allows the results of criminal history checks to be shared among participating agencies, reducing duplication and costs. The Clearinghouse provides numerous benefits to our Area on Agencies on Aging, Lead Agencies, Local Services Providers, and Providers that contract directly or indirectly with the Department. 

  • Department of Elder Affairs, 
  • Agency of Health Care Administration, 
  • Department of Health, 
  • Department of Children and Families, 
  • Department of Education -Vocational Rehabilitation, 
  • Agency for Person with Disabilities, and 
  • Department of Juvenile Justice. 

As of September 15, 2015, all DOEA providers are required to use the Clearinghouse for level 2 background screening.

As of July 1, 2024, all OPPG Contracts/Direct Services Providers are required to register with the Clearinghouse as a Provider. To register, email: