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Rural Interpreting Services Project Pilot

Rural Interpreting Services Project Pilot

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Effective July 2018, CCDHHDB is implementing Colorado’s Rural Interpreting Services Project (RISP) Pilot, which provides and funds ASL/English interpreting services for rural Coloradans.

Although the ADA, which has been in existence since 1990, requires access to effective communication for individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing and deafblind, access barriers remain.

This is especially true for those living in rural areas of Colorado. Lack of funding and a shortage of interpreters are frequent barriers.

To address this need, the Colorado Joint Budget Committee (JBC) has set aside $700,000 a year for the next two years to:

  • Provide ASL/English interpreting services in rural areas;
  • Provide grants for initial and advanced ASL/English interpreter training; and
  • Reach out to those who need service and those who may be able to provide such service.

At this time, the RISP Pilot will treat areas outside of the Front Range as rural for the purposes of theproject.  The RISP Pilot will work with a stakeholder advisory committee made up of people from all across the state as this project moves forward.

  •  GOAL 1: To provide ASL/English interpreting services in rural communities.

The RISP Pilot will:

  1. Provide centralized interpreting scheduling services for rural communities.
  2. Pay for interpreting services.

A sample of community-related interpreting assignments that the RISP Pilot may cover includes: medical, mental health counseling and dental appointments; parent meetings and school events (not pre-K-grade 12 educational interpreters for students); community classes and training programs; state or local agency appointments; or community meetings and presentations. The pilot project also may cover legal-related interpreting services outside of court, such as police interviews, attorney-client meetings, or municipal court proceedings.

The RISP Pilot will begin assigning freelance interpreters for rural interpreting requests starting in August. Funding is available under the RISP Pilot for eight staff interpreters to be placed in Early Childhood Councils (ECCs) in rural areas across the state; staffing plans will be made once the RISP Pilot has collected a few months of data on the areas of staffing need.

  • GOAL 2: To provide grants for initial and advanced interpreter training.

The RISP Pilot will fund training and mentoring opportunities for interpreters who commit to working in rural areas of the state.

The RISP Pilot plans to collaborate with the University of Northern Colorado’s American Sign Language Interpreting Studies (ASLIS) program to offer RISP Pilot Scholarships and training grants for interpreter training.

The RISP Pilot also plans to provide mentoring grants for (1) interpreters-in-training who wish to seek certification and (2) newly certified interpreters. The project also plans to offer scholarships to people who need financial assistance to take the required interpreting certification exams.

More information will be posted at a later date.

  • GOAL 3: To reach out to those who need service and those who may be able to provide such service.

The RISP Pilot will be conducting outreach throughout rural areas to inform communities about the opportunities available under this project. In addition, up to eight town hall meetings will be held in rural areas to discuss the pilot and get feedback from communities on their needs.

More information will be posted at a later date.

The RISP Pilot is currently projected to last for two years. Staff will conduct research during the evaluation phase and make regular reports to the legislature on project outcomes.

Click here to email Trish Leakey, the Auxiliary Services Manager, about the RISP Pilot. Or you may call her at 720-949-7483 (VP).

Thank you. If you have any questions, please contact CCDHHDB at 720-457-3679.

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