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    Austin, Texas 78714

    Phone: (737) 255-4300

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Linguistic Services

Service Standard

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HRSA Definition:

Linguistic Services provide interpretation and translation services, both oral and written, to eligible clients. These services must be provided by a qualified linguistic services provider as a component of HIV service delivery between the healthcare provider and the client. These services are to be provided when such services are necessary to facilitate communication between the provider and client and/or support delivery of RWHAP-eligible services.



Linguistic services, including interpretation (oral) and translation (written) services, must be provided by a qualified linguistic provider.



Services provided must comply with the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS).


DSHS Program Guidance:

Linguistic services are provided as a component of HIV service delivery to facilitate communication between the client and provider and support service delivery in both group and individual settings. These standards ensure that language is not barrier to any client seeking HIV-related medical care and support; and linguistic services are provided in a culturally appropriate manner.

Services are intended to be inclusive of all cultures and sub-cultures and not limited to any particular population group or sets of groups. They are especially designed to assure that the needs of racial, ethnic, and linguistic populations living with HIV, receive quality, unbiased services.


Service Standard and Performance Measure

The following Standards and Performance Measures are guides to improving healthcare outcomes for PLWH throughout the State of Texas within the Ryan White Part B and State Services Program.


Standard Performance Measure

Provision of Services: Client files will have documented evidence in the client assessment of need of linguistic services for interpretation/translation needs in order to communicate with the healthcare provider and/or receive appropriate services.

Agencies shall provide translation/interpretation services for the date of scheduled appointment per request submitted and will document the type of linguistic service provided in the client’s primary record.

Percentage of clients with documented evidence of need of linguistic services as indicated in the client’s assessment.

Percentage of client files with documented evidence of interpretive/translation services provided for the date of service requested.



HRSA/HAB Division of Metropolitan HIV/AIDS Programs Program Monitoring Standards – Part A April 2013, p. 37-38.

HRSA/HAB Division of State HIV/AIDS Programs National Monitoring Standards – Program Part B April, 2013, p. 37-38.

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 with respect to individuals with limited English proficiency (LEP).

HRSA Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Services: Eligible Individuals & Allowable Uses of Funds Policy Clarification Notice (PCN) #16-02 (PDF) (Revised 10/22/2018).

Last updated June 23, 2020