Central Registry

When there is evidence that an individual has abused or neglected a child and the future risk to the child is high or intensive (based on the structured decision making risk assessment tool), that individual's name is placed on the Central Registry. Note: Child Protection Law requires certain persons' names to go on Central Registry regardless of risk.   

Central Registry Clearance Request
Clearance requests are limited to certain employers, agencies, state officials and individuals. 

 

 

 


 

When a person’s name is placed on the Central Registry, MDHHS will send that person a written notification of placement that includes:

  • Information on the person’s right to review the case record.
  • Information on the person’s right to request an administrative hearing to dispute his or her placement on the Central Registry, including the time period for making this request.
  • Information on how to make a request for administrative hearing.

Perpetrator Rights

Under the Child Protection Law, you have a right to be notified that your name was placed on the Central Registry.  The notification of placement is either hand delivered to you by a CPS worker or sent to you by certified mail.  The notification of placement informs you of the following:

  • That your name was placed on the Central Registry and why.
  • Who can view your name on the Central Registry.
  • What to do if you disagree with your name being placed on the Central Registry.

Under the Child Protection Law, you have a right to seek amendment of your Central Registry record or report, or expunction (removal) of your name from the Central Registry by making a written request for administrative hearing to your local MDHHS office. 

If your name was placed on the Central Registry on or after March 31, 2015, your written request for administrative hearing must be made within 180 days from the date you were served with the notification of your placement on the Central Registry.  If your request is timely made, an administrative hearing will be scheduled to determine by a preponderance of the evidence whether your report or record should be amended, or your name expunged (removed) from the Central Registry.  You will receive a letter notifying you of the date, time, and location of the hearing.  (Note: An administrative hearing may be scheduled if it is determined that your request for hearing was made within 60 days after the 180-day period expired and there is good cause for the delay.)