The Limited English Proficiency committee provides a forum for members to share best practices, challenges, industry/educational resources; aggregate volume for optimal quality & cost; and evaluate industry and technology advances – all to enhance the safety & quality of care provided to patients who speak little or no English or are deaf or hard of hearing, and to assist members in meeting Joint Commission standards of effective communication.
Certified interpreters are required to obtain 30 contact hours of approved training before the credential’s expiration date (5 years from initial CMI date of certification). In addition, interpreters in Tristate hospitals are required to have a 40-hour basic training certificate, either Bridging the Gap or The Community Interpreter. Training sessions are now taking registrations in this area. Please click here for information on the Bridging the Gap training and here for The Community Interpreter Training.