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APPOINTMENTS COVERED BY OUR UNION CONTRACT

are scheduled through Washington State's coordinating entity CTS LanguageLink. The contract performance measures are posted on HCA’s website

 

DSHS APPOINTMENTS

SFY2016                  16,782

SFY2015                  15,943

SFY2014                  15,556

Overall Filled Rate SFY 2015

91% Filled

HCA (Medicaid) APPOINTMENTS

SFY2016                     327,737

SFY2015                     282,636

SFY2014                     228,561

SFY2013                     201,576
SFY2012                     196,176

 HCA (Medicaid) BUDGET

Jul 2013/Jun 2015             $25.1M

Jul 2011/Jun 2013             $18.1M

Jul 2009/Jun 2011             $23.0M

 HCA (Medicaid) HOURLY RATE

July 2017                  $38.50

July 2016                  $38.00

July 2015                  $37.10

July 2014                  $32.50
July 2013                  $32.00
July 2012                  $31.50
July 2011                  $30.00

FIRST UNION CONTRACT
        2010                  $21.00

A modified procurement model began on July 1, 2011

The coordinating entity procurement model began on September 24, 2012.

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The WA Interpreting Marketplace
Updated On: Aug 12, 2015

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Ever wondered how many DSHS certified/authorized interpreters there are in WA? Check out these charts one of our union members put together with publicly available data from DSHS.

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2013 STUDY OF WASHINGTON STATE'S

PROCUREMENT OF INTERPRETER SERVICES

(EXECUTIVE BRANCH STATE AGENCIES)

OFM Report to the Legislature March 2013 pursuant to 2012 Third Engrossed Substitute House Bill 2127 Section 131(7). Thanks to our union’s advocacy, we were able to include language in 2012 supplemental operating budget mandating the Office of Financial Management (OFM) to coordinate a study of the procurement of interpreter services statewide. This study reflects actual expenditures for WA executive branch state agencies only.

Three WA State executive branch agencies represent 97% of the state’s expenditures on interpreter services:

  • Health Care Authority (HCA)
  •         Labor and Industries (L&I)
  •         Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS)

                              

FY 10

FY11

AVG

HCA

$15,285,438

$13,341,088

43%

L&I

$12,539,178

$12,618,406

38%

DSHS

$ 4,952,000

$ 5,251,000

16%

OTHER

$ 1,275,683

$ 1,378,523

  4%

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KING COUNTY'S INTERPRETER SERVICES (2014)

Census data show that a quarter of King County’s population – over 450,000 residents – speaks a language other than English as their first language. Of these, about a quarter speaks Spanish as their first language. In total, more than 170 different languages are spoken in King County, including American Sign Language (ASL) and other sign languages for the hearing impaired. While many of these residents who did not learn English as their native language are fluent in English, about 11 percent of County residents, or nearly 200,000 people, have limited English proficiency and would be challenged to communicate effectively with County agencies, which could impede their access to services.  

In 2013, the County spent about $5.4 million to provide interpretation services. The three primary County agencies that utilize interpreter services are the DPH ($2.5 million in interpreter expenses in 2013), Superior Court ($1.4 million), and District Court ($1.0 million). Other criminal justice agencies also have significant interpretation expenses. Beyond this, numerous County agencies occasionally hire an interpreter for a public meeting or call a telephone interpretation service to assist with in-person clients, but these expenses are minimal and were not considered in this report. 

Read the entire report!  King County Interpreter Services Proviso Response Report 2014-06-30.pdf 

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THE NATIONAL INTERPRETING MARKETPLACE (2010)

Common Sense Advisory, Inc. A Study of Interpreting in North America commissioned by InterpretAmerica. Co-authored by Natally Kelly, Robert Stewart and Vijayalaximi Hegde.

 


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