assembly Bill A11665

2009-2010 Legislative Session

Enacts the "language barrier elimination act" to provide translations to the limited English proficient in connection with certain services

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Jul 06, 2010 referred to governmental operations

A11665 - Details

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Executive Law
Laws Affected:
Add Art 14-A ยงยง275 - 288, Exec L

A11665 - Summary

Enacts the "language barrier elimination act" to provide translations to the limited English proficient in connection with services provided through the department of labor, department of family assistance or department of health.

A11665 - Bill Text download pdf

                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K


                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                              July 6, 2010

Introduced  by  COMMITTEE ON RULES -- (at request of M. of A. Espaillat)
  -- read once and referred to the Committee on Governmental Operations

AN ACT to amend the executive law, in relation to ensuring equal  access
  to health and human services for limited English speaking individuals


  Section 1. Declaration of legislative findings and intent. Title VI of
the civil rights act of 1964 provides in pertinent part that "no  person
in  the  United  States  shall  on the ground of race, color or national
origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or
be subjected to discrimination under any program or  activity  receiving
federal  assistance."  The  United  States department of justice and the
department of health and human services  have  stated  that  failure  to
provide  language  assistance  to  limited  English speaking individuals
seeking assistance in federally funded, state supervised or administered
programs amounts to a violation of Title VI  by  discriminating  against
such individuals based upon their national origin.
  It  is  and has been the policy of the state of New York to oppose all
forms of discrimination, particularly when it relates to  the  provision
of state services, or locally provided services under state supervision.
However,  the  department  of  health and human services office of civil
rights, the office responsible for enforcing Title VI in  department  of
health and human services programs, found that the New York state office
of temporary and disability assistance, the New York state department of
health,  the  New  York  City  human  resources  administration, and the
departments of social services in Nassau and Suffolk  counties  were  in
violation  of  Title  VI  based  upon the state and counties' failure to
provide interpretation services for limited English proficient  individ-
uals.  Specifically,  the  office  of  civil  rights  found that limited
English proficient clients seeking and/or applying for subsistence bene-
fits such as food stamps and public assistance for children and Medicaid
benefits were routinely unable to access  such  benefits  due  to  their
inability to speak English.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.


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