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.
Legislative Report on Interpreting in Health Care Settings
The Minnesota Department of Health has published a report to the Minnesota Legislature regarding health care interpreting. It is available for download in PDF format at 2015 Legislative Report on Interpreting in Health Care Settings: Recommendations for a Tiered Registry (PDF: 3MB/114 pages).
The report details the MDH’s recommendations for a tiered, verified registry to replace the current Spoken Language Health Care Interpreter Roster. Please note that these recommendations do not change current laws. The Minnesota Legislature will review these recommendations in the coming months. They may choose to accept, reject or modify the recommendations to form a new law.
Our recommendations are a result of discussions with interpreters and other stakeholders in Minnesota, identification of best practices in medical interpreting across the nation, and an analysis of fiscal capacities within the department and appropriate fee levels for interpreters.
We have proposed these recommendations to the Legislature to better ensure that all limited English proficient (LEP) Minnesotans have access to quality medical care.
We would like to thank the more than 650 interpreters and stakeholders who have helped with this process in so many ways.
Interpreter Project Update
An update on the work the Minnesota Department of Health has been doing to recommend qualifications for spoken language health interpreters is available for download in PDF format at Update for Interpreters and Stakeholders (PDF: 494KB/5 pages). On December 19, 2014, this update was emailed to stakeholders who had participated in the engagement process and to all interpreters on the MDH Roster.
The update includes:
- A summary of our draft recommendations
- How we involved interpreters and other stakeholders and asked for their input
- The Registry Guide, explaining the recommended registry tiers
- The Legislative Guide, explaining the costs
We welcome your feedback about the drafted recommendations. If you would like to share your thoughts, please respond to the following three questions and send your response to Hannah.Volkman@state.mn.us. We will accept responses until January 6, 2015.
- What details of the recommendations do you feel will improve the quality of care for limited English proficient individuals?
- Do you have any concerns with the drafted recommendations?
- What changes would you recommend to reduce those concerns?
The Minnesota Department of Health has created a survey so you can share your thoughts about the Spoken Language Health Care Interpreter Project. Go to Health Care Interpreter Survey to participate. The survey will be available until 11:55 p.m. on Friday, December 5.
Invitation to participate in group listening sessions
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) will be emailing roster members invitations to participate in group listening sessions with MDH staff. The sessions are a critical component of broad stakeholder engagement meant to inform the drafting of a bill regarding spoken language healthcare interpreters in Minnesota. More information about the project can be found on the Spoken Language Healthcare Interpreter Legislation Project page.
These sessions will be held in October and November 2014 in public places and in large group settings. The invitation email and all communication will originate from a @state.mn.us email address. MDH is NOT requesting any one-on-one interviews with roster members. For reasons of safety, we encourage you not to meet with anyone unless you can verify their identity and you meet in an area visible to the public.
If you have any questions or concerns about this notice or would like to verify any invitations received from the MDH, please contact us at 651-201-3500.
Person claiming to represent the Minnesota Department of Health has been calling interpreters
A person claiming to represent the Minnesota Department of Health has been calling interpreters on the roster and asking to interview them during the evening, at a hotel. The Minnesota Department of Health is NOT requesting interviews with interpreters. For reasons of safety, we encourage you not to meet with anyone unless you can verify their identity and you meet in an area visible to the public.
If you have any questions or concerns about this notice, contact the Minnesota Department of Health at 651-201-3721.
- Search for Interpreters
- Roster Applicant and Participant Notice
- Code of Ethics
- Updates for Interpreters and Interpreter Agencies
- 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
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