The Accessibility Project is designed to provide technical assistance, education, and limited financial support for victim service providers to provide access for victims/survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and dating violence who have limited English proficiency or are deaf or hard of hearing in New Mexico. The project goal is to have service providers meet their obligations to provide access to clients with limited English proficiency (LEP), or who are deaf or hard of hearing. The project is being funded in the 2016-2017 fiscal year by a combination of grants through the NM Crime Victims Reparations Commission. As this is a limited grant, we will work with you to establish policies and procedures in your organization and support in finding alternate funding for these services in future years. In order to request reimbursement for service as part of this program, you must complete a Accessibility Project MOU and complete anonymous demographic information for those served.
Anonymous demographic information of victim/survivors is required by CVRC for the use of these services. Failure to provide this information may result in disapproval of future requests by your agency, although we will work with you if you have concerns about protecting the individual identities of your clients. Reimbursement or payment of services may be declined if such services are already mandated by federal law in the service location (e.g. hospitals, courtrooms).
As a note to all programs, federal law mandates that services for persons with limited English proficiency (LEP) and services for persons with hearing disabilities are required in any program or activity that either receives Federal financial assistance or is conducted by any Executive agency. Limited English proficiency (LEP) services are required under Executive Order 13166, more information can be found here. Services for deaf and hard of hearing persons are required by the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504, available here.
*Reimbursement is subject to approval. Reimbursement is provided as allotment of funds allow.
This project was supported by sub grant #120 2015-WF-120 awarded by the NMCVRC for the STOP Formula Grant Program. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in the program are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the NMCVRC or the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.