Interpreter Roster: Spoken Language, Health Care
The Commissioner of Health maintains a statewide Roster of spoken language health care interpreters. Being listed on the Roster is voluntary. However, as of January 1, 2011, an interpreter cannot be paid from Medical Assistance and MinnesotaCare unless the interpreter is on the Roster.
The Roster can be searched to show the names and expiration dates of all spoken language interpreters who have applied to be on the Roster, though some interpreters choose not to be available to be contacted to provide interpreting services. The Roster can also be searched by language and geographic area to find available interpreters. For available interpreters, the Roster also shows health care subject areas and specialty settings in which the interpreter may have work experience.
The information in the Roster is provided by each interpreter and has NOT been verified by the Minnesota Department of Health. At this time, an interpreter need not show any qualifications to be included on the Roster. Inclusion on the Roster is NOT evidence of being a "certified" health care interpreter.
Click on the links below to find Frequently Asked Questions about the Roster, how to complete searches, to apply to be in the Roster, renew and to change or update interpreter information.
Fraud Notice 2018
MDH has received reports that individuals on the Interpreter Roster has been the target for email fraud.
Roster email addresses can be viewed by the public if you choose make your profile searchable (See Participant Notice).
Interpreters should be on alert for email scams.
If you received an email with characteristics described below, do not issue refunds for checks over the amount billed. If you suspect a check is fraud, contact your bank.
An example of the email/scam may have these characteristics:
- It appears to be sent from a person requesting a document to be transcribed.
- The requester will send a check for more than the amount billed.
- The requester will ask for a refund for the overage amount on the check.
- The check the requester sent is fraudulent.
- By sending a refund to the requester, this gives them the money you refunded, as well as checking account information on the checks.
- Report to the Consumer Fraud Division of the Office of the Attorney General. Phone (651) 296-3353
- Anytime you receive a suspicious email, remember not to click on the links, and never act on an email that asks for your login credentials.
- Search for Interpreters
- Roster Applicant and Participant Notice
- Code of Ethics
- Roster Information: Frequently Asked Questions
- Apply to the Roster
- Renew Your Listing on the Roster
- Change or Update Your Information on the Roster
- Interpreter Roster Statute (MN Stat. 144.058)
- Interpreters paid through MnHCP Required to be on Roster (MN Stat. 256B.0625; see Subd. 18a)
- Information about National Certification of Healthcare Interpreters and to Learn if a Particular Interpreter is Nationally Certified
- Free Resources for Interpreters
- Contact Us
Follow these steps to report suspicious email:
It is your responsibility to keep a current email address on record with the Department of Health by updating your on-line interpreter profile. If your email address is not current, you will not receive a notice when your roster listing is about to expire. Nor will you receive periodic emails providing critical information about the practice of interpreting in Minnesota.