In addition to the analysis referenced above, the report also includes a review of criminal history bans, disciplinary actions, licensure processing times, and demographic makeup. The data collected shows that while disciplinary actions vary widely by board, the annual number of actions is steadily growing. Additionally, processing times for initial applications vary significantly from board to board, ranging from less than a day to 53 days, with the average application processing time for all boards at 13.8 days. Criminal history bans also vary from board to board, with significant bans set in statute for most healthcare-related occupations. Lastly, the requirement to demonstrate “good moral character” is loosely defined and while this administration has provided guidance through policy statements regarding the use and review of criminal histories there is the potential for it to be applied unevenly across boards. The governor and administration officials should examine the impact of criminal history bans and “good moral character” requirements on ensuring Pennsylvania residents are able to engage in the workforce without unnecessary barriers.
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
June 11, 2018