Act 15 has replaced Act 153
Act 15 was the result of the efforts of many Representatives and Senators to refine and better define what was signed into law late last year as Pennsylvania Act #153. House Bill No. 1276 was the main vehicle that was developed and amended into what became Act 15.
A couple of items of particular note:
• The date for compliance for new volunteers is now August 25, 2015 (the previous date was July 1, 2015).
• The fees for both DHS child abuse clearance and the PSP criminal history background clearance for volunteers have been waived.
• Both the DHS child abuse clearance and the PSP criminal history background clearance must be renewed once every 57 months (the previous law required every 36 months).
• Updates to the keepkidssafe.pa.gov website are expected as early as Monday, July 6, 2015, including the FAQ’s related to this newest legislation.
Information Pertaining to Bucktail Council Volunteers
New volunteers would submit copies of the 3 clearances with their adult application and the registration fee to their unit or the Bucktail Council Service Center. Clearances obtained from other volunteer or employment organizations may be submitted if they are current and meet the guidelines. Once your application is processed, you will be given a Scout Member ID# that you will be able to use, along with your birthdate, to login to our Clearance Management System and manage your clearances for the future.
Current volunteers can manage their clearance profile by uploading copies of their required documents (in pdf format) to our Clearance Management System. This new resource can be used to keep track of your clearances for other youth-serving organizations too. Should you need your clearances for another volunteer organization, simply come to our Clearance Management System and print what you need! No need to look for copies! We will keep them for you in a secure place.