At The Bridge, we want to make sure you have the resources you need to make the best decision possible. That’s why we’ve listed here the associations we belong to and the certifications we ask our interpreters and translators to acquire. Qualified, experienced and professional translation and interpreting services are key to your enterprise, and we appreciate your desire to familiarize yourself with our industry.
Below, you’ll find the list of associations and certifications sorted by the service we provide. We also have a section on Title VI of the Civil Rights Act, so you can see how this legislation affects the services your business provides and what action you may need to take.
Please contact us with any questions.
Our interpreter services are provided by an amazing team at The Bridge. Our interpreters may be certified through a number of different state and national groups, can be found on a number of different interpreter registries and specialize in more than 70 languages.
Certified translation services at The Bridge are provided by meticulously vetted professional linguists. Translators may be certified through national groups such as the American Translators Association or the equivalent in their home country if residing outside of the U.S. Our highly skilled translators are hand-selected for your project based on their industry knowledge, qualifications and experience, and can help you and your company or organization with translating any number of different documents, material or websites into and from more than 70 languages.
Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 states:
“No person in the United States shall, on the ground of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.”
We encourage you to learn more about Title VI and Executive Order 13166 “Improving Access to Services for Persons with Limited English Proficiency (LEP)”, and how these policies may apply to your organization.
Title VI was passed by Congress to ensure that agencies or organizations that receive federal funding do not discriminate against anyone on the aforementioned basis, including spoken language. Since federal funding of health care is so pervasive, many state and local governments, health plans, hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, home health agencies, social service agencies, and various family or children’s service programs that receive federal monies directly or via a patient’s insurance or Medicare coverage may be bound by the Title’s provisions.
The links below will take you directly to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office of Civil Rights website, the LEP government website and the Minnesota Department of Human Services website. There you can learn about your obligations to your LEP patients and find helpful resources and tools to assist you in your quest to offer equal and meaningful access for all persons.
Free Interpreter Services Available
Funding is typically provided to pay for certain medical appointments for low-income LEP individuals who are eligible through state-funded Prepaid Medical Assistance (PMAP) insurance plans. Many medical facilities can have an interpreter free of charge, paid for through PMAP funding.
The Bridge is contracted directly with most of the PMAP insurance carriers in the state of Minnesota and can bill them directly for interpreter services. Please call our office to learn which PMAP insurances we are contracted with in your area. For more detailed information on Medical Assistance and PMAP, please click the resource link below for the Minnesota Department of Human Services.