Sign Language Interpreter Contracts and Resources Program


Welcome to the Office of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Sign Language Interpreter Contracts and Resources Program (SLICR).

ODHH/SLICR Program is here to provide you with information, resources and assistance
as part of managing Washington State’s contracts for Sign Language Interpreters.

ODHH manages the statewide Sign Language Interpreter contracts in cooperation with Department of Enterprise Services. ODHH monitors contractual compliance including certification of interpreters, quality of services, and adherence to best practices. All of our approved and registered Sign Language Interpreters are certified (or have received credentials as qualified by ODHH) and abide by the Code of Professional Conduct of the National Association of the Deaf and the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf.

Do you need Sign Language Interpreters for accessible meetings?

Washington State agencies, departments and organizations are obligated to provide Sign Language Interpreters upon request to  individuals who are seeking access to information, programs or services that they provide to the public. The statewide contracts with Sign Language Interpreters and referral agencies are available for all DSHS requesters, as well as other departments, government agencies and organizations qualified to use the Washington State Master Contracts Usage Agreement.

Are you an Interpreter looking to work for Washington State?

Interpreters may register any time with this program, and must renew annually between April and June. A background check with DSHS is a required part of submitting the registration form, along with a valid approved Interpreter Certification.

Do you need a specialist certified Interpreter for a legal setting?

Certified Court Sign Language Interpreters are interpreters who have met the criteria established through Washington Administrative Code

Or information about Deaf Interpreters?

Washington State Law 2.42 indicates when a Deaf Interpreter is required. Certified Deaf Interpreters play an important role as a cultural and linguist facilitator.

For more information or assistance, please contact:
SLICR Program Manager
Berle Ross
Program Support Specialist
Daniel Wharton


The Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) has played a leading role in establishing a national standard of quality for sign language interpreters. For more information.

DSHS has authority to manage the statewide sign language interpreter contracts. All sign language interpreters are certified through RID.

Washington State Sign Language Interpreters Online Registration is Open

Useful Links

Deaf Choice Form (for use with medical appointments)

How to Request ODHH Approved Interpreter

Certified and Qualified Deaf Interpreters

Hiring an Interpreter

Becoming an Interpreter

Discover Interpreting

Washington State Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf