ASL Interpreter Response to Current Emergency Referral System (ERS)
The current approach to scheduling interpreters for on-call for emergency visits has not been successful and results in a lack of on-site interpreting services for Deaf patients during critical emergent situations. The intent of this survey is to identify barriers, conflicts, and systemic weaknesses. The data collected will be used to contribute to potential recommendations for improving emergency interpreting services.
The current hours for on-call are 4pm-8 am (14 hours nightly) Monday-Thursday, and through the weekend 4pm on Friday through 8 am on Monday. The shifts are determined by interpreter availability and cover hospitals across the entire state.
Thank you for your help.
Deaf/HoH/Deaf-Blind Consumer Response to Current Emergency Referral System (ERS)
The current approach to scheduling interpreters for on-call for emergency visits has not been successful and results in a lack of on-site interpreting services for Deaf patients during critical emergent situations. The intent of this survey is to help with identifying barriers, conflicts, and systemic weaknesses. The data collected will be used to contribute to potential recommendations for improving emergency interpreting services.
The current hours for emergency on-call services are 4pm-8 am (14 hours nightly) Monday-Thursday, and 4pm-8 amFriday- Monday (62 hours consecutively). The shifts are determined by interpreter availability and cover hospitals across the entire state.
Thank you for your help.
As of July 9, 2015, HB 5695A and SB 0478A, Interpreter Licensure Bills have been signed by Governor Raimondo and made into law! This means that RIRID along with RICDHH and RIAD have successfully lobbied to update the laws governing interpreter licensure. We are grateful to the partners in the community who have supported our work since December 2014. RIRID looks forward to keeping our interpreter licensure laws current and effective in order to safeguard our profession.
RIRID worked to revise the Licensure of Interpreters for the Deaf Act, 5-71. The great news is that our bills H5695 Sub A and S0478 Sub A have passed through the House and Senate respectively! They are onto Governor Raimondo's office for her signature. Thank you to the fantastic members of RIRID who came together to discuss revision, thanks to RICDHH Executive Director Steve Florio for facilitating the revision, and a special thanks to Rep. Handy, Rep Jacquard, Rep. Naughton, Rep. Maldonado, Sen. Walaska, Sen Felag, Sen. Ciccone, and Sen. McCaffrey for sponsoring our bill!
On Wednesday, May 13, 2015, House Bill 5695, the Bill that regulates our license passed the Full House. It has now been referred to the Senate Health and Human Services committee as Senate Bill 0478 Sub Aa, which will be heard on June 16, 2015.
Once it passes that committee and the full Senate, then it becomes effective. We'll keep you posted as to the dates of the hearings in the committee and full Senate.
Thank you for your support!
Letters of Support for Senate Bill 0478 Sub Aa
Please send emails of support for our licensure bill to the Senate Health and Human Services Committee. The bill will be heard and hopefully voted on tomorrow, Tuesday, June 16, 2015. E-mail address, subject line and template language are listed below for you to paste, sign and send. Thank you for your support!
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SUBJECT: Support of Senate Bill 0478 Sub Aa - Interpreters for the Deaf
Dear Chairman Miller and Senate Health and Human Services Committee,
I am writing to you in support of Senate Bill 0478 Sub Aa, which is the proposed revision of Chapter 5-71 of the General Law, Licensure of Interpreters for the Deaf. As a member of the Rhode Island Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, these licensure regulations greatly impact the work I perform, the community I serve, and the integrity of interpreting profession in Rhode Island.
RIRID has hosted meetings throughout the winter to gather input and reconstruct regulations that best serves the local Deaf Community. We have recommended changes that align Rhode Island’s licensure requirements to reflect current credentials being awarded by our national organization, The Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc. These credentials include National Interpreter Certification (NIC), and Certified Deaf Interpreter (CDI). The recommended changes also expand the state’s definitions to recognized Deaf-Blind community members, an often overlooked and underrepresented minority population. The revisions also remove the term “transliterator” from our license specialties, which aligns with RID’s current credentialing practice.
RIRID is grateful to have had a healthy opportunity for communal dialogue about the regulations with the RI Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Our profession is ever changing; the revisions proposed reflect the interpreting community’s good-faith effort to keep our regulations current and enforceable.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Rosa Norberg at RIRIDpresident@ririd.org.
For more information go to http://www.cdhh.ri.gov/legislation/current/
Budget Article 18 has been withdrawn, so RICDHH will remain as an independent entity!
Budget Article 19 has been struck from the Governor's budget, so our licensure board will still remain autonomous!
House Bill 5900, Article 19 was proposed as part of the Governor's budget. RIRID opposed Article 19 as it would have disbanded the Board of Examiners of Interpreters for the Deaf, along with other professional boards.
We asked RIRID members to send letters to Governor Raimondo, House Speaker Matiello and Senate President Paiva-Weed. Template language was provided above and their corresponding e-mail addresses.
THANK YOU TO YOUR ADVOCACY, ARTICLE 19 WAS DROPPED FROM THE BUDGET! RIRID thanks you for your help to retain the licensure board's autonomy.
Like we said before, Budget Article 18 has been withdrawn, so RICDHH will remain as an independent entity.
Several members of RIRID attended the Rhode Island School for the Deaf's 125th Birthday Kickoff Celebration on April 29. Many members from the community were in attendance, there was a very informative key note presentation by former Principal Peter Blackwell on the history of the school for the Deaf, and there were delicious Rhode Island treats. We look forward to a year of celebrating the Rhode Island School for the Deaf!
Several members of RIRID attended the Rhode Island School for the Deaf's 125th Birthday Kickoff Celebration. Many members from the community were in attendance, there was a very informative key note presentation by former Principal Peter Blackwell on the history of the school for the Deaf, and there were delicious Rhode Island treats. We look forward to a year of celebrating the Rhode Island School for the Deaf!
Left: RIRID member Carol Fay interprets for Senate President Paiva Weed.
Right: RIRID member Maureen McEntee interprets for RI School for the Deaf Director Nancy Maguire Heath.
Just want to share an update with you all regarding RI General Law 5-7-1. There was a Hearing in connection with our revisions. Hayley, Steve and myself went to testify in support of the Bill and the work we accomplished.
The Committee (HEW) recommended it be held for further study. The reason behind this has to do the the BCI requirement. The Attorney General's Office was concerned as to whether want to require a state or federal BCI. They would support it if we clarify the language.
The ACLU was in opposition because there was no specifics regarding the types of crimnal charges and the time the charges were filed. Someone could potentially be barred from licensure for a minor innfraction to the law ten years ago.
That being said, I will be working with Steve Florio and perhaps one of our colleagues that has expertise in the legal arena.
Thanks for your letters of support.