Apply Today! Board for Evaluation of Interpreters (BEI) Advisory Committee

Members Sought for Board for Evaluation of Interpreters (BEI)

BEI Advisory Board slots (2)

This is to announce we are soliciting applications for the Board for Evaluation of Interpreters (BEI) Advisory Committee. We just underwent the application process for three advisory appointments and now we are looking for two more slots to be filled.

To find the application (and application process), please go the web site posting:

https://hhs.texas.gov/about-hhs/communications-events/news/2018/05/members-sought-board-evaluation-interpreters-bei

If you’re interested in advising the Health and Human Services Commission about administering the BEI program on matters listed below, you might be interested in being a member of the Board for Evaluation of Interpreters.

The administration of the statewide American Sign Language interpreter certification program, including helping the Office of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services evaluate and certify sign language interpreters for Texans who are deaf and hard of hearing.

Developing, subject to ODHHS’s approval, qualifications for each of several levels of certification based on proficiency.

Reviewing complaints, as identified by ODHHS, filed against BEI-certified interpreters and providing recommendations on revoking or suspending a certificate or placing a certificate-holder on probation for a violation of a statute, rule or departmental policy.

Providing expert consultation and feedback to ODHHS on local, state and national trends in the interpreting profession.

Serving as BEI ambassadors to direct the public, interested consumers and future interpreters to ODHHS.
The Texas Health and Human Services Commission executive commissioner will appoint members to the committee to serve a three-year term. Applications are due by 11:59 p.m., June 15, 2018.

HHSC will consider the applicants’ qualifications, background and interest in serving on the board. HHSC also tries to choose committee members who, as a whole, represent the diversity of all Texans. For that reason, HHSC considers applicants’ ethnicity, gender and geographic location.

You may submit the application by email, mail or fax.

Email: lori.breslow@hhsc.state.tx.us

Mail
Texas Health and Human Services Commission
701 W. 51st St.
Mail Code 3027
Austin, TX 78751
Attn: Lori Breslow

Fax: 512-438-4777
Attn: Lori Breslow

HHSC will notify applicants by August 1, 2018 if they have been selected.

About the Board for Evaluation of Interpreters Advisory Committee

The committee will include key stakeholders as determined by the HHS executive commissioner. The committee must include representatives of each of the following:

  • An applicant who is deaf, a frequent consumer of interpreting services and demonstrates knowledge of the field of interpreting and understands the demographics and dynamics of Texas’ deaf community.
  • An applicant who is deaf and holds a valid BEI Intermediary – Level III certificate, an Intermediary – Level V certificate or a BEI Certified Deaf Interpreter Certificate.
  • An applicant who is hearing and holds a valid BEI Advanced or Master certificate or who has actively engaged in the profession of interpreting for at least three of the immediate past five years.

A Board for Evaluation of Interpreters Advisory Committee member must regularly participate in committee meetings and may also have to participate in subcommittee meetings, projects and presentations. Committee meetings will be held three or four times per year in Austin or at the call of the chair. Committee members don’t receive compensation for participation on the committee.

To Learn More

For more information, contact Lori Breslow at lori.breslow@hhsc.state.tx.us.

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