Finding Montana Interpreters

According to Montana Code Annotated 49-4-507, the Montana Association of the Deaf (MAD) and the Montana Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (MRID) collaborate to provide a list of "Qualified Interpreters" to the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) for hiring entities to reference when searching for an interpreter to hire.  Please note that this list is made up of sign language interpreters that hold a national certification from the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) based on the assessment of interpreting skills needed when working with d/Deaf adults in a general community-based setting.  It is important to note that interpreters can specialize in particular interpreting fields in the same way that physicians can specialize in a specific field of medicine or an attorney can specialize in a particular area of law.  Legal, mental health, and educational interpreting are some of the specific fields that require other types of credentials than the RID certifications held by the interpreters on the current DPHHS list.  Thus, this list is not an exhaustive list of trained and qualified interpreters in Montana.  It is, however, a good starting point for those needing to secure general community-based interpreting services for d/Deaf adults.  If you are in need of an educational interpreter, please review the related pages on our website: K-12, Info for Employers, and Employment.  If you have any questions about the DPHHS list or credentials needed when it comes to hiring an interpreter, you can email us at either: info@montanarid.org or president@montanarid.org