The Protection of People with Special Needs Act centralizes the criminal history background check process for facilities or service providers overseen by the Office of Mental Health (OMH), the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) and providers of residential programs for children overseen by the Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) within the Justice Center.

Effective June 30, 2013, the Justice Center Criminal Background Check (CBC) Unit reviews the criminal history for prospective employees or volunteers and makes an initial determination regarding suitability for employment.