Safe Environment Program Update
Safe Environment Program Update: In accordance with federal rules, in July 2013 the Diocesan Safe Environment Program (SEP) was designated as the central repository of ALL background checks, both state (BCII) and federal (FBI). The diocesan manager is responsible for the collection and maintenance of the backgrounds checks. All reports must be sent to the SEP. SEP was recently advised by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation (BCII) that while the SEP is allowed to provide copies of background reports to the parishes and schools, the reverse process violates the FBI policy against third party dissemination. Effective October 1, 2015, ALL background reports will have to come from the BCII directly to the SEP. The SEP is not permitted to accept reports, or copies of reports, from parishes, schools, agencies, or individuals. The SEP’s address is: Safe Environment Program; Diocese of Columbus; 197 E. Gay Street; Columbus OH 43215. Moving forward, those being newly entered into the Diocesan background check database will need to be handled in the following manner:
- If a person has been fingerprinted within the last 30 days, the person can contact the BCII and request a copy of that report be sent to SEP. This report will be free.
- If the most recent report was completed more than 30 days previously, but less than 12 months previously, the person may make a written request to the BCII to have a copy sent to the SEP. This report will be cost $ 8.
- If the most recent report for a new employee or volunteer with minors is older than 12 months, the person will need to be re-printed and have a new background check conducted. BCII does not provide copies of reports older than 12 months.
BCII has also provided new guidance on the codes our employees and volunteers should provide as the reason they are being fingerprinted. All volunteers, parish and school, should use ORC 2151.86. All parish employees should also use ORC 2151.86. School employees (non-teaching) should use ORC 3319.39B1. Teachers should use ORC 3319.39B3. If you have questions regarding your participation in volunteer programs at St. John Neumann, please contact Jennifer Glassmire, 740/965-1358. If you have any questions on the processing of background reports, please contact Regina E. Quinn, Manager, Safe Environment Program, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 614-241-2568.
There are many ways to share your time and talent at St. John Neumann – or to volunteer with agencies or programs around Central Ohio.
Explore the many parish organizations, committees/groups, ministries and regular programs with the links on the left. Contact the leader for more information or complete a Activities, Events & Volunteer Opportunities Form and return to the parish office.
The Diocese of Columbus’ full set of polices and resources regarding Protecting God’s Children can be found here.
Click the links below to view volunteer opportunities and sign-ups for the following programs:
Only by ministering together in the name of the Lord and for the good of His people can we continue to be an effective extension of God’s love and mission. We are very proud to function as a family at St. John Neumann Parish. We encourage all of our parishioners to work, pray and play together in order to bring about the Kingdom of God here in the Sunbury, Ohio area.
Sincerely in Christ,
Fr. Ryan Schmit
St. John Neumann Catholic Church
9633 East State Route 37
Sunbury, OH 43074