Are the language access needs of Washington State's limited English proficient population being met?
Updated On: Oct 06, 2023

Read our ESSSB 5304 Language Access Workgroup Ranked Options submitted to DSHS based on DSHS options posted on October 3, 2023.

Read our Recommendations to the ESSSB 5304 Language Access Workgroup convened by DSHS, October 2023.

Read our Position Paper on DSHS Testing Changes, January 2023.

Read our Report on the Implementation of 2018 Senate Bill 6245 Concerning Spoken Language Interpreter Services, September 2019.

Read our Suggestions to L&I for an Online Interpreter Scheduling System, May 2019.

Read our Review of the Washington State Medicaid Interpreter Services Program, May 2017. Fill rates, per language and per county, for appointments covered under our union contract are now viewable by the public through an interactive dashboard (page #3) hosted on the HCA Interpreter Services website.

Reyes Consent Decree. In 1991, and as part of its Agreement of Settlement and Consent Order (heretofore referenced as the Reyes Consent Decree) entered with the Office for Civil Rights Region X of the US Department of Human and Health Services, DSHS agreed to ensure the quality of the interpreting services through the development and administration of oral and written tests as well as training of contracted interpreters.

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