MEDICAL AND LEGAL INTERPRETATION

SEGCP has for 20 years, required all staff to become trained medical interpreters through the Bridging the GAP medical training curriculum. A 40 hour training which allows continuation opportunities for trained interpreters. You never stop training, learning, and practicing. The training of an interpreter is never over. SEGCP medical interpreter collaborates with local attorneys, primary healthcare clinics, AHEC's and local organizations to help with legal and medical interpretation.Court interpreters are needed in civil and criminal legal proceedings. Their ability to interpret complex legal procedures and vocabulary, without changing the speaker’s legal register, is crucial. Typically, they interpret for a witness or defendant who speaks or understands little or no English, while also representing legal professionals. They may appear at an arraignment, motion, pretrial conference, preliminary hearing, deposition or trial. A court interpreter may also be asked to translate written legal documents on the spot. SEGCP volunteer staff has 20 years of experience in legal interpretation. Although we lack the certification, we help clients out of court to seek help and services with local attorneys.  


At clinics and medical facilities, having a qualified medical interpreter can mean the difference between life and death in some cases.  Historically, well-meaning family members and friends may have stepped in to help loved ones make decisions about their diagnoses, symptoms and treatment plans. Their lack of training, confidentiality and medical vocabulary put patients at risk.


Today, regulatory agencies, such as the Office of Civil Rights (OCR), The Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) and Medicare, require adherence to medical interpreting standards, privacy requirements and accessibility guidelines, including HIPAA and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. SEGCP legal/medical interpreters are committed to ensuring  that these standards are met and provide a professional, trusted link between legal/medical professionals and non-english speaking clients.