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Available for people using the Individual Options Waiver

Interpreter Services

This service provides American Sign Language or ASL interpreter services for people with a hearing impairment. Interpreters can help a person convey a message, including how the person feels or their attitude.

When to Apply this Service

The person’s service and support administrator, or SSA, will assess them for a need for Interpreter Services. If there is a need, the SSA will include it in the person’s individual service plan.

Providing this Service

Agency and independent providers that have a Medicaid provider agreement and are DODD-certified can provide this service.

Interpreter Services can be provided on a one-on-one basis or for a group.

Training Requirements for this Service

Providers must complete the initial provider certification and annual training requirements to deliver this service.

The provider must hold a certification recognized by the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf and meet one of the following standards

  • be a graduate of an interpreter training program (of a minimum of two-years) and have at least one year of documented expertise providing interpreter services,
  • have successfully completed a written test administered by the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf and have at least one year of documented experience providing interpreter services, or
  • have at least two years of documented experience providing interpreter services.

Billing and Payment Information

All services must be delivered as specified in the individual service plan and authorized in Payment Authorization for Waiver Services, known as PAWS, to be successfully submitted for payment through eMBS.

Rates and limits for Interpreter Services are contained in the service rule's appendix.