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Interpreter Rules

• UPDATE: Rules, Deaf Persons Interpreters' Act – June 26, 2014

With the new rules for PA 204 taking effect on July 7th, there are many questions about what they mean and who's affected. MDCR is committed to helping you understand the impact of the rules on you and other stakeholders (schools, physicians, lawyers, and more).

NOTE: The FAQ on Quality Assurance Certification were revised and are reposted as of June 26.

Michigan Administrative Rules 393.5001-393.5095, "Qualified Interpreter, General Rules"
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Agency Report, Narrative Excerpt (foundational principles/intent) PDF icon
Michigan Standards Level Chart 6/20/2014 PDF icon

FAQs Related to Quality Assurance 6/26/2014
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FAQs on Intent and Methodology 7/3/2014
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FAQs Related to VRI 7/7/2014
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FAQs Related to VRS 7/7/2014
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ComplaintsTo file a complaint related to the new interpreter rules, fill out the Interpreter Complaint Questionnaire, available here. You can also file a complaint by calling DODHH at 517-507-5223, or send an email to DODHH@Michigan.govView an ASL video on how to file a complaint.


• DODHH YouTube ChannelVideos in American Sign Language of interest to deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing individuals in Michigan

• Online Interpreter Directory    The Interpreter Directory is published as required by P.A. 204 of 1982 to assist with effective communication. The DODHH cannot, however, guarantee the effectiveness of everyone listed in the directory. Please contact the DODHH for consultation and technical assistance when providing services to persons with hearing loss.

• Division on Deaf and Hard of Hearing    This state office concentrates on helping to improve the lives of Michigan's one million Deaf and Hard of Hearing citizens. Our mission is affirming the indisputable right of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons to secure effective communication. It receives input from its 13-member citizens Advisory Council appointed by the Governor. Services include Technical Support, Information and Referral, Accommodations, Interpreter Information and Services..

For Interpreters and BEI/DI Testing Information

• DODHH MI BEI Test Dates July-September 2014 PDF icon

• Accommodations for Exam Takers with Disabilities Request Form PDF icon

• EIPA Performance Testing Information/Sign Language Proficiency Interview (SLPI)

• Final Supervised Clinical Practice Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) PDF icon    Division on Deaf and Hard of Hearing MOU with Lansing Community College, Madonna University, Mott Community College, Oakland Community College and Baker College facilitating supervised clinical practice and internship.

• DODHH Guidelines for Special Accommodations for Exam Takers with Disabilities PDF icon

• MI Credentialed Sign Language Interpreter Requirements Document PDF icon

• MI BEI Study Guide PDF icon

• Notice Regarding BEI Units PDF icon

 •  How to File a Complaint Related to the Interpreter Rules
 •  Deaf Person's Interpreter Act - PA 204-1982 (amended 2007)
 •  Online Interpreter Directory
 •  Division on Deaf and Hard of Hearing Links of Interest
 •  Michigan Rehabilitation Services
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