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Provider Responsibilities

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits recipients of federal funds from discriminating against any person on the basis of race, color, or national origin. If your agency receives federal funds, you are required by law to take reasonable steps to ensure that limited English proficient (LEP) persons have meaningful access to your services. This means providing the client with a qualified interpreter and translated documents at no cost to the client.

The National Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) Standards allow agencies to provide culturally and linguistically appropriate care, improve health equity, and reduce health disparities. Implementation of these standards is a key component of effectively serving diverse populations like refugees and asylees.