2013 ORS § 413.554¹
Oregon Council on Health Care Interpreters

(1) The Oregon Council on Health Care Interpreters is created in the Oregon Health Authority. The council shall consist of 25 members appointed as follows:

(a) The Governor shall appoint two members from each of the following groups:

(A) Consumers of medical services who are persons with limited English proficiency and who use health care interpreters;

(B) Educators who either teach interpreters or persons in related educational fields, or who train recent immigrants and persons with limited English proficiency;

(C) Persons with expertise and experience in administration or policymaking related to the development and operation of policies, programs or services related to interpreters, and who have familiarity with the rulings of the federal Office for Civil Rights concerning interpreter services for various institutions;

(D) Health care providers, consisting of one physician and one registered nurse, who utilize interpreter services regularly in their practice;

(E) Representatives of safety net clinics that predominantly serve persons with limited English proficiency; and

(F) Representatives of hospitals, health systems and health plans predominantly serving persons with limited English proficiency.

(b) The Governor shall appoint one representative from each of the following agencies and organizations after consideration of nominations by the executive authority of each:

(A) The Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs;

(B) The Commission on Black Affairs;

(C) The Commission on Hispanic Affairs;

(D) The Commission on Indian Services;

(E) The International Refugee Center of Oregon;

(F) The Oregon Judicial Departments Certified Court Interpreter program;

(G) The Commission for Women; and

(H) The Institute for Health Professionals of Portland Community College.

(c) The Director of the Oregon Health Authority shall appoint three members including:

(A) One member with responsibility for administering mental health programs;

(B) One member with responsibility for administering medical assistance programs; and

(C) One member with responsibility for administering public health programs.

(d) The Director of Human Services shall appoint:

(A) One member with responsibility for administering developmental disabilities programs; and

(B) One member with responsibility for administering programs for seniors and persons with disabilities.

(e) The membership of the council shall be appointed so as to be representative of the racial, ethnic, cultural, social and economic diversity of the people of this state.

(2) The term of a member shall be three years. A member may be reappointed.

(3) If there is a vacancy for any cause, the appointing authority shall make an appointment to become immediately effective for the unexpired term. The appointing authority may appoint a replacement for any member of the council who misses more than two consecutive meetings of the council. The newly appointed member shall represent the same group as the vacating member.

(4) The council shall select one member as chairperson and one member as vice chairperson, for such terms and with duties and powers as the council determines necessary for the performance of the functions of such offices.

(5) The council may establish such advisory and technical committees as it considers necessary to aid and advise the council in the performance of its functions. The committees may be continuing or temporary committees. The council shall determine the representation, membership, terms and organization of the committees and shall appoint committee members.

(6) A majority of the members of the council shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.

(7) Members of the council are not entitled to compensation, but at the discretion of the Director of the Oregon Health Authority may be reimbursed for actual and necessary travel and other expenses incurred by them in the performance of their official duties, subject to ORS 292.495 (Compensation and expenses of members of state boards and commissions).

(8) The council may accept contributions of funds and assistance from the United States Government or its agencies or from any other source, public or private, for purposes consistent with the purposes of the council.

(9) The Oregon Health Authority shall provide the council with such services and employees as the council requires to carry out its duties. [Formerly 409.619]

Note: See note under 413.550 (Definitions for ORS 413.550 to 413.558).