New DHHSD Law Explained

The law that created the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Division (DHHSD) was originally written 37 years ago, in 1980. Of course, the rest of the world has changed a lot since 1980, with the adoption of the Americans with Disabilities Act and huge advancements in technology. DHHSD’s law became out of date and the funding wasn’t enough to meet current needs.

DHHSD conducted studies and got feedback from the community in 2015 and 2016 about our shared needs and vision for the future. The Commission worked with DHHSD and legislators during the legislative session to make the community’s vision a reality.

The update will describe what’s new about the law. DHHSD will continue to provide the excellent services they have always provided including:

individual assistance, as needed, to people whose needs are not met by other agencies
mental health services in American Sign Language
grants for Children’s mental health services, DeafBlind services, Deaf Mentor Family Program, and greater access to interpreters
the law also allows DHHSD to provide psychiatric services in American Sign Language, if funding is available.
What’s new?
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