Texas Government Code
Sec. § 411.110
Access to Criminal History Record Information: Department of State Health Services and Health and Human Services Commission


(a)

The Department of State Health Services and the Health and Human Services Commission are entitled to obtain from the department criminal history record information maintained by the department that relates to:

(1)

a person who is:

(A)

an applicant for a license or certificate under the Emergency Health Care Act (Chapter 773 (Emergency Medical Services), Health and Safety Code);

(B)

an owner or manager of an applicant for an emergency medical services provider license under that Act; or

(C)

the holder of a license or certificate under that Act;

(2)

an applicant for a license or a license holder under Subchapter N, Chapter 431 (Texas Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act), Health and Safety Code;

(3)

an applicant for employment at or current employee of:

(A)

a public health hospital as defined by Section 13.033 (Definitions), Health and Safety Code; or

(B)

the South Texas Health Care System;

(4)

an applicant for employment at, current employee of, or person who contracts or may contract to provide goods or services with the Council on Sex Offender Treatment or other division or component of the Health and Human Services Commission that monitors sexually violent predators as described by Section 841.003 (Sexually Violent Predator)(a), Health and Safety Code; or

(5)

a person authorized to access vital records or the vital records electronic registration system under Chapter 191 (Administration of Vital Statistics Records), Health and Safety Code, including an employee of or contractor for the Department of State Health Services, a local registrar, a medical professional, or a funeral director.

(b)

Criminal history record information obtained by the Department of State Health Services or the Health and Human Services Commission under Subsection (a) may not be released or disclosed to any person except on court order, with the written consent of the person or entity that is the subject of the criminal history record information, or as provided by Subsection (e).

(c)

After an entity is licensed or certified, the Department of State Health Services or the Health and Human Services Commission, as applicable, shall destroy the criminal history record information that relates to that entity. The Department of State Health Services or the Health and Human Services Commission, as applicable, shall destroy the criminal history record information that relates to:

(1)

an applicant for employment after that applicant is employed or, for an applicant who is not employed, after the check of the criminal history record information on that applicant is completed; or

(2)

an employee or contractor after the check of the criminal history record information on that employee or contractor is completed.

(d)

The Department of State Health Services or the Health and Human Services Commission, as applicable, shall destroy criminal history record information that relates to an applicant who is not certified or employed, as applicable.

(e)

The Department of State Health Services or the Health and Human Services Commission is not prohibited from disclosing criminal history record information obtained under Subsection (a) in a criminal proceeding or in a hearing conducted by the Department of State Health Services or the Health and Human Services Commission, as applicable.

(f)

The Department of State Health Services or the Health and Human Services Commission may not consider offenses described by Section 542.304 (Moving Violations for Certain Purposes), Transportation Code, to determine whether to hire or retain an employee or to contract with a person on whom criminal history record information is obtained under this section.
Added by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 790, Sec. 35, eff. Sept. 1, 1993.
Amended by:
Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 282 (H.B. 164), Sec. 3(j), eff. September 1, 2005.
Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 1300 (H.B. 2696), Sec. 33, eff. September 1, 2005.
Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 921 (H.B. 3167), Sec. 7.004, eff. September 1, 2007.
Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1151 (H.B. 2917), Sec. 1, eff. June 19, 2009.
Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1 (S.B. 219), Sec. 2.002, eff. April 2, 2015.
Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 837 (S.B. 200), Sec. 5.04, eff. September 1, 2015.
Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 684 (S.B. 2200), Sec. 1, eff. June 10, 2019.
Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1094 (H.B. 2048), Sec. 3, eff. September 1, 2019.
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