Calculating your 1099

With 1099 being postmarked to all interpreters by January 31, 2017, we wanted to give you a little information on how to calculate your 1099 to match your records.

  • Using the service fee statements on your portal:
    • Look at the date range from 12/16/2015 – 12/15/2016
  • Using your bank statements from your direct deposit account:
    • Look at the date range from 1/1/2016 – 12/31/2016

Please note that the amount shown on your 1099 includes your union dues, so you will need to add the amount paid out in dues from 12/16/2015 to 12/16/2016, to your calculations to get the amounts to match. Should you need the amount that you have paid out in union dues for the 2016 year, please contact the union or view your service fee statements located in your portal.

New Mileage Filter!

Dear Interpreter,

On Wednesday, January 11th, 2017 CTS LanguageLink at the request of the Federation and approval from the Health Care Authority (HCA) , updated the mileage feature on your portal to make it easier and more convenient for you to accept jobs within your traveling range. The changes to the mileage filter drop down are as follows:

  • The new filter gives a smaller mileage range for those interpreters that tend to travel close to their home and also the large mileage range for those interpreters that are willing to travel farther away from their home address.
  • Options in the mileage drop down menu are 10 miles, 20 miles, 50 miles and 70 miles.
  • Upon initial login to your portal you will see if default to 50 miles, however, once you choose an option the system will remember that selection and default to that on subsequent logins to your interpreter portal.

Should you have any questions regarding this change please contact Interpreter Relations at: hcainterpreters@ctslanguagelink.com

Thank you.

ETHICS Training Requirements

Dear Interpreter,

The Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) Language Testing and Certification (LTC, previously known as LIST) has gone through rule changes. You can access an Overview of Program Changes<https://www.dshs.wa.gov/fsa/language-testing-and-certification-program/ltc-program-changes> on their website (https://www.dshs.wa.gov/fsa/language-testing-and-certification-program/ltc-program-changes).

What we need from YOU, as a DSHS-certified or authorized interpreter: By 12/31/2016 at 11:59pm, you must have attended or submitted proof of completion for a DSHS-approved ETHICS training.  You must take a DSHS-approved ethics training to keep your certification/authorization status valid. Otherwise, your certification/authorization status will expire on 04/06/2019, regardless of other CE credits accumulated, and you must retake and pass the testing and other requirements if you wish to continue holding a certificate/authorization. There is an ethics training available on the LTC website free of charge, under the Continuing Education<https://www.dshs.wa.gov/fsa/language-testing-and-certification-program/continuing-education-ce> tab, that you can participate in at your convenience.

Once your first ethics credit is earned by December 31st, 2016, you can continue to meet the yearly ethics training requirement (4 total: 1 per calendar year), the general education credits requirements (16, minimum), and the signed ethics oath and background check requirements to renew your status before it expires on April 6th 2019.

The certificate renewal requirements will repeat every four years after April 6th, 2019 (see WAC 388-03-160<http://app.leg.wa.gov/WAC/default.aspx?cite=388-03-160> and WAC 388-03-162<http://app.leg.wa.gov/WAC/default.aspx?cite=388-03-162>).

Let us know if you have any questions.

DSHS/LTC

dshsct@dshs.wa.gov<mailto:dshsct@dshs.wa.gov

New Training Opportunity- Seattle

Hello HCA Interpreters,

Recently CTS has been made aware of a new training opportunity available for you coming up on Saturday, December 17th, 2016. This training will be held at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance center in Seattle, Wa. This workshop will consist of a series of exercises and drills designed to hone comprehension skills, conversion skills, production skills and memory retention skills, with additional practice using healthcare-specific dialogues followed by guided feedback. Should this be something that interests you, please click on the link below for additional information on this event and instructions on how to register.

01-2016 Consecutive Skills Building workshop flyer (3)

If you have any additional questions in regards to this class, please contact Naomi Uchida at officemanager@notisnet.org.

Thank you.

Portal Updates- Mileage Feature

Dear Interpreter,

On Monday, November 7th, 2016 we will be updating the mileage feature on your portal to make it easier and more convenient for you to accept jobs within your travelling range. To accomplish this we will be changing the mileage filter dropdown as follows:

  • The filter will give you more options on the mileage you want to travel for jobs by allowing you to select 20 miles, 30 miles, 50 miles, 70 miles and any distance
  • The mileage selection will default to 50 miles instead of 30 miles on your pending jobs screen.

Should you have any questions regarding this change please contact Interpreter Relations at: hcainterpreters@ctslanguagelink.com

Training Opportunity- Seattle

Hello HCA Interpreters,

Recently CTS has been made aware of a new training opportunity available for you coming up on Sunday December 11th, 2016. This training will be held in the Wright Auditorium within the Seattle Children’s Hospital’s main campus in Seattle, Washington. This training will be an overview of Pediatric Diabetes. Should this be something that interests you, please click on the link below for additional information on this event and instructions on how to register.

NOTIS Pediatric Diabetes workshop flyer

If you have any additional questions in regards to this class, please contact Naomi Uchida at officemanager@notisnet.org.

Thank you.

Traffic Advisory for 9/30/2016-Seattle Area

The University of Washington is playing a high-profile, televised football game at Husky Stadium at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, September 30, 2016. The game is expected to cause significant traffic impacts, which will affect access to main campus, the Autism Center and Springbrook

Traffic impacts caused by this Husky Game will affect all individuals traveling by car, bus or shuttle in and around NE Seattle from 3:00 to 11:00 p.m.

Expected Mobility Impacts

Approximate Time of Day Expected Impact to Mobility / Access Most Reliable Travel Options
Before noon Low All
Noon to 3:00 p.m. Medium Walk, Bike, Link light rail (walk from Gold Line modified stop will be farther)
3:00 to 6:15 p.m. High
6:15 to 7:30 p.m. Medium Walk, Bike, Link light rail (Gold Line shuttle may be less reliable and modified stop will be farther)
7:30 to 11:00 p.m. High Walk, Bike, Link light rail (walk from Gold Line modified stop will be farther)
After 11:00 p.m. Low All
  • plan for long travel times and expect delays.
  • Adjust your schedule so that you avoid traveling between 3:00 and 6:15 p.m. or between 7:30 and 11:00 p.m. and/or so you can leave by 2:00 p.m. or earlier..
  • If traveling to or from Children’s in the afternoon or evening, use a combination of Link light rail, walking and biking.

New Training Opportunities in Seattle!

Hello HCA Interpreters,

Recently CTS has been made aware of a few new training opportunities available for you coming up on October 1st, November 5th, and December 3rd, 2016. These training opportunities will be held at the Impact HUB in Seattle, Washington and will be reviewing the topic of note-taking. Should this be something that interests you, please click on the link below for additional information on this event and instructions on how to register.

Note Taking Workshop Series – Sofia Garcia Beyaert

If you have any additional questions in regards to these training opportunities, please contact Sofia Garcia-Beyaert at sofia@arcos.institute.

Thank you.

Western State Hospital Security Update!

Hello Interpreter,

Western State Hospital (WSH) has notified CTS that they have updated security check in and out procedure. To prepare for assignments at WSH and ensure the safety and security of you, the staff, and patients being treated at WSH, please follow the guidelines below.

When servicing Interpretation appointments at Western State Hospital, please follow the guidelines for check in and out below:

Interpreter Check-In

  • Requires photo ID
    • In accordance with section 1(d)(ii). of the Exhibit A to Professional Services Agency Agreement:
      • All interpreters must present, upon request from a Requestor or Client, picture identification and DSHS certificate or authorization letter at all Interpreter Service Appointments.
    • WSH will then give you a guest badge that must be worn consistent with WSH rules while you are providing services at the facility.

Interpreter Check-Out

  • Make sure your guest badge is visible for exit of the facility.
  • Present picture identification upon request
  • Return guest badge at appropriate locations as directed

Please note: Not wearing the assigned guest badge or failure to provide proper identification upon request may result in a delay of entry, delay or denial of services, or delay of exit.

Best Regards,

Interpreter Relations

CTS LanguageLink

CTSLanguageLink New Legal Customer!

We are very pleased to announce that we have recently been awarded a contract for onsite interpreting services with the Washington State Department of Enterprise Services (DES). This contract will allow you to service a variety of appointments outside of the current Health Care Authority contract (HCA) that you service through us.

At this time the contract is already being utilized and we are reaching out to you in hopes that you will join us in this new venture. Together and with your support, it will be a successful one.

All assignments are scheduled through the scheduling department and they will reach out to you once there is a request and ask if you are able to service the assignment for a specified date and time.

There are several levels of categories within this contract that you may be eligible to service in which you can click here to view. If you qualify and would like to service any of the categories please return the description sheet by following the instructions located on the bottom of the sheet.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Thank you.

Interpreter Relations

CTS LanguageLink

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