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Connecticut Chapter

Welcome to the Connecticut Chapter of the IMIA. The IMIA's goal is for all IMIA Chapters to flourish to meet all the needs of the members of each region. While the IMIA is international it believes in the 'Think Global, Act Local' motto. We will have periodic conference calls to allow members in this region to network and find ways to advance the profession together in the region. Please email your representative with ideas, issues, and topics that you think should be discussed. The IMIA believes that organizing an IMIA Symposium each year in each state should be a key goal of the Chapter. If you are willing to volunteer to assist, please let your representative know.
 
Events
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Trainings
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Interpreters
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CT Newsletter

CONNECTICUT INFORMATION & RESOURCES


Medicaid Reinbursment for Medical Interperters in CT
http://www.cga.ct.gov/2013/TOB/H/2013HB-06367-R00-HB.htm


Connecticut Participates in National Certification Program for Medical Interpreters (article in Spanish):
http://www.registroct.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=20329490&BRD=2702&PAG=461&dep


Connecticut: Concern grows over funding for interpreter services
Connecticut, USA (WFSB): There is growing concern over a translation program losing its funding in Hartford. The Hispanic Health Council said more and more woman need the services they provide when it comes to dealing with cancer. Every week, women from all over Hartford and all over Latin America gather to support one another inside 175 Main St. in Hartford.

For more information, please visit:  www.wfsb.com/news/22241425/detail.html

New England Translators Association
http://www.netaweb.org/

Connecticut General Statutes 19a-490i - Interpreter services and linguistic access in acute care hospitals
http://www.lawserver.com/law/state/connecticut/ct-laws/connecticut_statutes_19a-490i

The Commission on the Deaf and Hearing Impaired (CDHI) provides “certified” Sign Language Interpreting services to the community on a fee for service basis, 24 hours per, seven (7) days a week. CDHI monitors an Interpreter Registry. All interpreters for the deaf and/or hard of hearing receiving reimbursement for services provided in State must register with the CDHI Interpreting Department (registration forms are available by request). All ASL interpreters working in Connecticut must be “certified” by a nationally recognized board. http://www.cdhi.ct.gov/cdhi/cwp/view.asp?a=2684&Q=319094


Center for Medicare Advocacy Testimony
http://www.cga.ct.gov/2011/APPdata/Tmy/2011HB-06380-R000304-DSS-Elimination%20of%20Medical%20Interpreter%20Services%20Under%20Medicaid--TMY.PDF

Health Interpreters Needed In Connecticut But Funding Unavailable
http://ctwatchdog.com/2011/08/16/health-interpreters-needed-in-ct-but-funding-unavailable


Connecticut General Statute Mandating Interpreter Registration (For ASL Interpreters)

Sec. 46a-33a. Registration of persons providing interpreting services.
(a) For the purposes of this section:

(1) "Interpreting" means the translating or transliterating of English concepts to specialized vocabulary used by a person who is deaf or hard of hearing or means the translating of a deaf or hard of hearing person's specialized vocabulary to English concepts. Specialized vocabulary concepts include, but are not limited to, the use of American sign language, English-based sign language, cued speech, oral transliterating and information received tactually;

(2) "Legal setting" means any criminal or civil action involving the Superior Court or its agents, any investigation conducted by a duly authorized law enforcement agency, employment related hearings and appointments requiring the presence of an attorney;

(3) "Medical setting" means medical related situations including mental health treatment, psychological evaluations, substance abuse treatment, crisis intervention and appointments or treatment requiring the presence of a doctor or nurse; and

(4) "Educational setting" means a school or other educational institution, including elementary, high school and post-graduation schools where interpretive services are provided to a student.

(b) Commencing October 1, 1998, and annually thereafter, all persons providing interpreting services shall register with the Commission on the Deaf and Hearing Impaired. Such registration shall be on a form prescribed or furnished by the commission and shall include the registrant's name, address, phone number, place of employment as interpreter and interpreter certification or credentials. Commencing July 1, 2001, and annually thereafter, the commission shall issue identification cards for those who register in accordance with this section.

(c) On and after July 1, 2001, no person shall provide interpreting services unless such person is registered with the commission according to the provisions of this section and (1) has passed the National Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf written generalist test and holds a level three certification provided by the National Association of the Deaf and documents the achievement of two continuing education units per year for a maximum of five years of commission-approved training, (2) has passed the National Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf written generalist test and is a graduate of an accredited interpreter training program and documents the achievement of two continuing education units per year for a maximum of five years of commission-approved training, (3) holds a level four certification or higher from the National Association of the Deaf, (4) holds certification by the National Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, (5) for situations requiring an oral interpreter only, holds oral certification from the National Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, (6) for situations requiring a cued speech transliterator only, holds certification from the National Training, Evaluation and Certification Unit and has passed the National Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf written generalist test, or (7) holds a reverse skills certificate or is a certified deaf interpreter under the National Registry of Interpreters of the Deaf.

(d) On and after July 1, 2001, no person shall provide interpreting services in a medical setting unless such person is registered with the commission according to the provisions of this section and holds (1) a comprehensive skills certificate from the National Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, (2) a certificate of interpretation or a certificate of transliteration from the National Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, (3) a level four certification from the National Association of the Deaf, (4) a reverse skills certificate or is a certified deaf interpreter under the National Registry of Interpreters of the Deaf, (5) for situations requiring an oral interpreter only, oral certification from the National Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, or (6) for situations requiring a cued speech transliterator only, certification from the National Training, Evaluation and Certification Unit and has passed the National Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf written generalist test.

(e) No person shall provide interpreting services in a legal setting unless such person is registered with the commission according to the provisions of this section and holds (1) a comprehensive skills certificate from the National Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, (2) a certificate of interpretation and a certificate of transliteration from the National Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, (3) a level five certification from the National Association of the Deaf, (4) a reverse skills certificate or is a certified deaf interpreter under the National Registry of Interpreters of the Deaf, (5) for situations requiring an oral interpreter only, oral certification from the National Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, or (6) for situations requiring a cued speech transliterator only, certification from the National Training, Evaluation and Certification Unit and has passed the National Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf written generalist test.

(f) The requirements of this section shall apply to persons who receive compensation for the provision of interpreting services and include those who provide interpreting services as part of their job duties.

(g) The provisions of subsection (c) of this section shall not apply to any person providing interpreting services in an educational setting until July 1, 2003.

 

Language Access: United States Department of Justice Language Access informative presentation, please click on the link below to view.

http://www.justice.gov/crt/pressroom/videos.php?group=2



State Chapter Chair Position Vacant

To Apply Please See Requirements for IMIA Representation:
http://www.imiaweb.org/uploads/docs/Requirements_for_IMIA_Representation.pdf.


The IMIA is pleased to announce that Shirley Y Rojas M.A is the IMIA State Chapter Vice Chair for Connecticut.  Please feel free to contact her at ConnecticutVC@imiaweb.org.

Shirley Y Rojas, M.A obtained her master’s degree from Southern Connecticut State University in 1999 in which she started to teach regular and medical Spanish. Since then and up to date she has been teaching Spanish at Central Connecticut State University (CCSU). Through the years she has taught at City University of New York, in Staten Island;  Quinnipiac University;  Saint Joseph University in which she has taught regular Spanish in past years  and medical Spanish for nursing students in the spring of 2012. She is actually teaching at Hartford University as well. For the past year she has been working for Linguistica International, a language interpretation and translation Services Company with headquarters in Utah, supervising and training their interpreters based in her credentials as an experienced instructor and medical interpreter. Her extra interests and activities are related to the learning of other languages and the education and training of the medical interpreter.  She is actually pursuing American Sign Language at CCSU. She will co-teach a course at CCSU in the spring of 2013 that will prepare students to take the exam to obtain their certification. Shirley is a passionate advocate for the regulation of the medical interpreter as a profession and looks forward to the enhancing of their education in order to become a professional in the interpretation sciences.


Former Connecticut State Reps

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Maritza Rosado
Marissa Gillio

Additional Documents

>Medical Interpretation in Connecticut's Acute Care Hospitals

>Health Care For a Population with Limited English Proficiency

>Interview with Riyad Jammalah

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