CORI

CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information)

The Blue Hills Collaborative, as part of the Archdiocese of Boston, is fully committed to ensuring the safety of the most vulnerable population to whom we minister. Pursuant to the General Laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the Blue Hills Collaborative and the Archdiocese are committed to obtaining all available criminal offender record information for the following: all volunteers who minister to or have the potential for unmonitored access to children, youth, elderly or the disabled on behalf of the Archdiocese of Boston; all paid parish staff; and all Roman Catholic clergy. As such, through the Archdiocese’s Office for Background Screening, we utilize a process by which we conduct background checks through the Criminal History Systems Board (CHSB) of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The process allows the Archdiocese to receive and review Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) Reports from the CHSB for the above categories of individuals.

The Blue Hills Collaborative CORI's 100% of its volunteers.

The Archdiocese has established guidelines, adapted from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services, to determine whether these individuals are appropriate for employment and/or volunteer service in the Archdiocese of Boston. The implementation of these guidelines is set forth in this CORI Policy of the Archdiocese of Boston, and the Blue Hills Collaborative follows all guidelines as required by the Archdiocese.

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Anyone who wishes to participate as a volunteer or employee of the Blue Hills Collaborative MUST complete annual CORI checks. CORI renewals for the Collaborative take place in January of each year. Click here to download a CORI form, print double-sided, and fill it in at home. Do NOT mail in this form. To complete the process you MUST return this form in person and bring with you a government issued photo ID. For more information, contact Stephen May at the Collaborative offices, 857.342.9500 x15.


When is the Renewal Date?

In the Central Region of Boston, once the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God (January 1st) is over, it’s CORI time again. As long-time volunteers know, the Archdiocese requires that all parish volunteers must fill out a CORI form every year. Each region gets a different starting date; ours is January 1. A letter goes out around this time to all known volunteers (age 18 and over) with a blank CORI form and instructions on how to fill it in and how to get it verified. For 2018, the Archdiocese sent us a letter reminding us of who qualifies as a volunteer and especially pointed out that all Communion Ministers, Lectors, Ushers, and adult Choir Members must fill out an annual CORI. The cooperation of these ministers is especially appreciated this year.

If you are a volunteer for one of our parishes and have not received a letter, please contact Stephen May, Director of Ministries, or stop by the Collaborative Center any morning, Monday through Thursday. The whole process takes less than 5 minutes, including chit chat. Thank you to all who help keep our parishes safe so our families can always feel God’s unconditional love for all.

 

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The Massachusetts Department of Criminal Justice Information Services (MA DCJIS) has recently raised the minimum age requirement to process a CORI to the age of 18. Until this change, volunteers 17 and over had to be CORI’d. From now on, we will process CORIs on all volunteers that are 18 and over. Anyone of any age, 18 and over, that does anything for any of the parishes of the Blue Hills Collaborative other than participate from the pews is required to fill out a CORI annually each January.


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