Background checks for roommates in SILPs

Q:  If a non-minor dependent is going to be living with other young adults in a roommate situation as a Supervised Independent Living Placement, do the roommates need to undergo a criminal background check?

A:  No, it is not required that SILP roommates have background checks.  Only the non-minor dependent themselves can ask potential roommates for the results of a background check.  Case managers should advise youth about how to select appropriate roommates and let them know about how they can obtain information about potential roommates such as utilizing the Meagan’s Law website (ACL 11-77, page 11).  For a guide on helping youth to select roommates click HERE.

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