Emergency Interpreter Referral Service


Business Hours (Mondays – Fridays, 8:30 AM–4:00 PM)

The Emergency Interpreter Referral Service (EIRS) is available during RICDHH’s normal business hours, Mondays - Fridays, 8:30 AM – 4 PM. Please make your request by calling:

  • Voice: 401-222-5300
  • TTY: 401-222-5301
  • Videophone: 401-354-7630

For any emergencies. What constitutes as an emergency would be a state of emergency, medical, legal, mental health, and many other crisis-related incidents. This would enable every deaf or hard of hearing individual TO communicate through sign language in a timely, accurate and effective manner with healthcare providers, mental health services, police departments, or any emergency personnel during any emergency incidents as required by existing federal and state laws.

This EIRS service is for Rhode Island residents and business consumers within the State of Rhode Island.

After Hours (Mondays-Fridays, 4:00 PM–8:30 AM, Weekends, Holidays) DISCONTINUED

Effective July 1, 2018, RICDHH WILL no longer provide an Emergency After Hours Interpreter Referral Service. If you need a sign language interpreter and/or CART service that is emergency-related, please do the following:

For more information or support, please call RICDHH at 401-222-5300 (Voice), 401-354-7630 (VP), 401-222-5301 (TTY), or send an email to .

Please click here to make a request for Interpreter or CART services