Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services
Obtaining and Using an American Sign Language Interpreter
While standards of care indicate that mental health services are best delivered directly by a clinician who is fluent in American Sign Language (ASL) and knowledgeable about deaf culture, the lack of qualified providers makes it necessary to use ASL interpreters.
Those who deliver deaf and hard of hearing interpreting services in Kentucky must be both certified and licensed by the Kentucky Division of Occupations and Professions (see Related Links).
Use the "Laws Regarding Interpreters" Related Link to view summaries of the federal and state laws regarding interpreters.
Use the "ASL Interpreters in Mental Health Settings" Related Link for a link to Guidelines for Working with American Sign Language Interpreters in Mental Health Settings, developed by this department.
Community mental health centers and their affiliates are eligible to apply for limited interpreter reimbursement funds. To access the reimbursement form, use the "Interpreter Reimbursement Form" Related Link.
Video Remote Interpreting (VRI) should be seen as a last resort for triage purposes until the arrival of a "live" interpreter who is qualified to work in mental health settings. Use the "Video Remote Interpreting" Related Link for more information on VRI options.
This department also provides training statewide to interpreters on working in mental health settings. Mental Health Interpreting Peer Supervision groups are offered in northern Kentucky, Lexington and Louisville. Additional training can be designed to meet your needs. Use the Contact Information for more information.