(c) Interpretation in mental health settings.
1. No sign language 9
interpreter—intermediate deaf licensee may provide sign language interpretation 10
services to a client in any mental health setting, as determined by the department 11
after receiving advice from the committee.
2. Beginning on September 1, 2023, no sign language interpreter—advanced 13
hearing or sign language interpreter—advanced deaf licensee may provide sign 14
language interpretation services to a client in any mental health setting, as 15
determined by the department after receiving advice from the committee, unless the 16
licensee satisfies requirements established by the department by rule. The rules 17
promulgated under this subdivision shall require a licensee to satisfy all of the 18
a. Complete 40 hours of training on providing interpretation services to a client 20
in mental health settings.
b. Complete a 40-hour practicum under the supervision of a sign language 22
interpreter approved by the department on providing sign language interpretation 23
services to a client in mental health settings.
c. Pass a written examination determined by the department.
d. Be able to accurately interpret specialized vocabulary used in psychiatric 2
e. Be aware of psychopathologies, including knowledge of the names of major 4
f. Be aware of how cultural influences might impact treatment.
g. Be aware of the difference between interpreting and communication 7
h. Demonstrate familiarity with mental health assessment methods and the 9
impact of interpretation during an assessment.
i. Have exposure to mental health treatment approaches.
j. Have exposure to issues involving developmental disability and the role 12
culture and language have in providing services to a person with a developmental 13
k. Be able to identify care providers and identify mental health disciplines, and 15
be familiar with milieus and settings.
L. Be able to explain the role of an interpreter as a professional consultant.
m. Understand professional boundaries and be able to explain confidentiality, 18
privilege, abuse reporting requirements, and the duty to warn.
n. Demonstrate cross-cultural competencies.
440.032 (5) of the statutes is amended to read:
440.032 (5) License renewal.
The renewal dates for licenses granted under 22
sub. (3) (a)
are specified in s. 440.08 (2) (a) 68c. Renewal applications shall be 23
submitted to the department on a form provided by the department and shall include 24
the renewal fee determined by the department under s. 440.03 (9) (a) and evidence 25
satisfactory to the department that the person's certification or membership
specified in sub. (3) that is required for the license has not been revoked or 2
440.032 (5m) of the statutes is created to read:
440.032 (5m) Identification cards.
The department, after receiving advice 5
from the committee, shall promulgate rules requiring all interpreters licensed under 6
sub. (3) to have an identification card with them at all times while providing sign 7
language interpretation services to clients for compensation. The department shall 8
issue the identification card. The identification card issued to a licensee for purposes 9
of this subsection shall satisfy all of the following conditions:
(a) Include all of the following:
1. The interpreter's full name.
2. The interpreter's licensure category, whether sign language 13
interpreter—intermediate hearing, sign language interpreter—advanced hearing, 14
sign language interpreter—intermediate deaf, or sign language 15
3. Any applicable licensure restriction.
4. A statement whether the interpreter is authorized by the supreme court to 18
act as a qualified interpreter in court proceedings under s. 885.38 (2) and whether 19
that authorization is provisional.
5. Any other information required by the department.
(b) Be color-coded based on the interpreter's licensure category identified 22
under par. (a) 2. An intermediate license shall be yellow. An advanced license shall 23
440.032 (6) of the statutes is repealed.
440.032 (6m) of the statutes is created to read:
440.032 (6m) Sign language interpreters advisory committee.
(a) The 2
secretary shall appoint an advisory committee under s. 440.042 that shall be called 3
the sign language interpreters advisory committee. The committee shall consist of 4
the secretary or a designee and the following 8 members:
1. Five deaf or hard of hearing individuals who are or have been clients of a sign 6
language interpreter, at least one of whom is a graduate of a residential school for 7
the deaf or hard of hearing and at least one of whom is a graduate of a private or 8
public school that is not a residential school for the deaf or hard of hearing.
2. Two interpreters licensed under this section, at least one of whom holds a 10
renewable license under sub. (3) (c) to (f).
3. One individual who is not deaf or hard of hearing and who has obtained, or 12
represents an entity that has obtained, sign language interpreter services for the 13
benefit of another who is deaf or hard of hearing.
(b) The committee shall do all of the following:
1. Advise the department on all of the following:
a. Matters related to the department's enforcement of this section.
b. Granting exemptions under sub. (2) (c).
c. Licensure requirements under sub. (3).
d. Promulgating the rules defining the scope of practice under sub. (4m).
e. Promulgating the rules relating to identification cards under sub. (5m).
f. Promulgating the rules governing professional conduct under sub. (7) (b).
2. Consult with the department concerning investigations under sub. (8).
(c) The committee shall submit to the secretary, upon request of the secretary 24
not more often than annually, a report on the operation of the committee.
440.032 (7) (b) of the statutes is repealed and recreated to read:
(b) The department, after receiving advice from the committee, 2
shall promulgate rules governing the professional conduct of individuals licensed 3
under sub. (3). The rules shall incorporate the rules of professional conduct adopted 4
by the National Association of the Deaf, or its successor, and the Registry of 5
Interpreters for the Deaf, or its successor, or a substantially equivalent organization, 6
as determined by the department after receiving advice from the committee.
(1) Contract relating to administration of examinations.
No later than the 9
first day of the 4th month beginning after the effective date of this subsection, the 10
department of safety and professional services shall contract with the Board for 11
Evaluation of Interpreters, or its successor, for the department's administration of 12
the examinations of the Board for Evaluation of Interpreters in this state under s. 13
440.032 (3) (b) 1. b.
(2) Elimination of the sign language interpreter council.
(a) Assets and liabilities.
On the effective date of this paragraph, the assets and 16
liabilities of the sign language interpreter council become the assets and liabilities 17
of the department of safety and professional services.
(b) Tangible personal property.
On the effective date of this paragraph, all 19
tangible personal property, including records, of the sign language interpreter 20
council is transferred to the department of safety and professional services.
All contracts entered into by the sign language interpreter 22
council in effect on the effective date of this paragraph remain in effect and are 23
transferred to the department of safety and professional services. The department 24
of safety and professional services shall carry out all obligations under such a
contract unless modified or rescinded by the department to the extent allowed under 2
(d) Pending matters.
Each matter pending with the sign language interpreter 4
council on the effective date of this paragraph is transferred to the department of 5
safety and professional services and all materials submitted to or actions taken by 6
the sign language interpreter council with respect to the pending matter are 7
considered as having been submitted to or taken by the department of safety and 8
(e) Rules and orders.
All rules promulgated by the sign language interpreter 10
council that are in effect on the effective date of this paragraph remain in effect until 11
their specified expiration dates or until amended or repealed by the department of 12
safety and professional services. All orders issued by the sign language interpreter 13
council that are in effect on the effective date of this paragraph remain in effect until 14
their specified expiration dates or until modified or rescinded by the department of 15
safety and professional services.
(3) Emergency rules.
The department of safety and professional services may 17
promulgate emergency rules under s. 227.24 necessary to implement this act. 18
Notwithstanding s. 227.24 (1) (c) and (2), emergency rules promulgated under this 19
subsection remain in effect until July 1, 2021, or the date on which permanent rules 20
take effect, whichever is sooner. Notwithstanding s. 227.24 (1) (a) and (3), the 21
department of safety and professional services is not required to provide evidence 22
that promulgating a rule under this subsection as an emergency rule is necessary for 23
the preservation of the public peace, health, safety, or welfare and is not required to 24
provide a finding of emergency for a rule promulgated under this subsection.
(1) Restricted license renewals.
The treatment of s. 440.032 (3) (b) 3. and (5) 2
first applies retroactively to an individual holding a valid license under s. 440.032 3
(3) (b) 1. or 2. on August 31, 2017, and the department of safety and professional 4
services shall provide any such individual whose license expired under s. 440.032 (3) 5
(b) 3., 2017 stats., on September 1, 2017, with a reasonable opportunity to renew that 6