The RI Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (RI CDHH) provides direct services in its operation of sign language interpreter referral services throughout the State of Rhode Island. RI CDHH created the pilot program for the sign language interpreter referral service in 1990. After 3 successful years, RI CDHH established the Interpreter Referral Service in 1993 by awarding a contract to Ocean State Center for Independent Living (OSCIL) for providing the service. In May 2003, RI CDHH decided to move the Interpreter Referral Service in-house. Specialized interpreters are also available. (CDI, Oral, Deafblind, Cued Speech, etc.).
RI CDHH's Interpreter Referral Service does not charge a fee for referrals. All qualified interpreters that are referred by RI CDHH are independent vendors. The Referral Specialist is responsible to locate the interpreters for assignments and is responsible for gathering billing information so the interpreters can bill the agency (requestor) directly for their interpreting services.
Interpreters are available for a variety of settings that require communication access such as public events, employment, trainings/workshops, doctor visits, mental health services, health care facilities, classrooms, meetings, cultural events, courts, religious activities, governmental agencies and functions (legislative sessions, hearings, inaugurations, town hall meetings), theatrical performances, and many more.