WEST VIRGINIA CODE
WVC 5 - 14 - 5
§5-14-5. Powers and duties of the commission; information
clearinghouse; coordination of interpreters; outreach
programs; seminars and training sessions.
(a) The commission shall maintain a clearinghouse of
information, the purpose of which is to aid hearing-impaired
persons and others in obtaining appropriate services or information
about such services, including, but not limited to, education,
communication (including interpreters), group home facilities,
independent living skills, recreational facilities, employment,
vocational training, health and mental health services, substance
abuse and other services necessary to assure their ability to
function in society. The commission shall consult existing public
and private agencies and organizations in compiling and maintaining
(b) The commission shall establish, maintain and coordinate a
statewide service to provide courts, state and local legislative
bodies and others with a list of qualified and certified
interpreters for the deaf and a list of qualified and certified
teachers of American sign language.
(c) The Secretary of the Department of Health and Human
Resources shall promulgate rules pursuant to article three, chapter
twenty-nine-a of this code for the state quality assurance
evaluation, including the establishment of required qualifications
and ethical standards for interpreters, the approval of
interpreters, the monitoring and investigation of interpreters and the suspension and revocation of approvals. The commission may
conduct interpreter evaluations and collect and expend funds with
(d) The commission shall develop an outreach program to
familiarize the public with the rights and needs of
hearing-impaired people and of available services.
(e) The commission shall investigate the condition of the
hearing-impaired in this state with particular attention to those
who are aged, homeless, needy, victims of rubella and victims of
abuse or neglect. It shall determine the means the state possesses
for establishing group homes for its hearing-impaired citizens and
the need for additional facilities. The commission shall also
determine the advisability and necessity of providing services to
the multihandicapped hearing-impaired.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2015 Regular Session
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