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PDFWAC 388-818-0020

What does the office of the deaf and hard of hearing do?

(1) The office of the deaf and hard of hearing (ODHH) within DSHS provides the following services:
(a) Provides information about hearing loss;
(b) Offers technical assistance and workshops about deafness;
(c) Identifies ways for DSHS staff to get sign language interpreter services for their clients who have hearing loss; and
(d) Administers and monitors contracts with sign language interpreters and sign language interpreter referral agencies.
(2) ODHH administers and monitors contracts with qualified service providers. These service providers offer community-based social services for clients who have hearing loss.
(3) ODHH manages the telecommunications access service program.
(4) ODHH contracts to provide telecommunications relay services (TRS).
(5) ODHH provides a list of sign language interpreters and fee for service standards for fee considerations for Washington courts.
[Statutory Authority: Chapter 2.42 RCW, RCW 2.42.130, and 2.42.170. WSR 15-01-075, § 388-818-0020, filed 12/12/14, effective 1/12/15. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.20A.725, 43.20A.720, 2001 c 210. WSR 03-05-100, § 388-818-0020, filed 2/19/03, effective 3/22/03.]
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