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File #: [19-0939]    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Discussion Item Status: Passed
File created: 7/23/2019 In control: Town Council
On agenda: 11/13/2019 Final action: 11/13/2019
Title: Consider Approving the Language Access Plan.
Attachments: 1. Draft Staff Presentation, 2. Resolution, 3. Language Access Plan, 4. Language Access Plan Proposed Budget, 5. Language Access Plan Implementation Timeline, 6. Staff Presentation, 7. Council Questions with Staff Response, 8. A RESOLUTION TO APPROVE A LANGUAGE ACCESS PLAN (2019-11-13/R-6)

Consider Approving the Language Access Plan.

Loryn B. Clark, Executive Director
Housing and Community
Sarah Osmer Vi?as, Assistant Director

Megan Peters, Community Connections Coordinator

Overview: Tonight Council will consider approving a Language Access Plan (LAP), a key recommendation identified through the Building Integrated Communities (BIC) community planning process.

That the Council approve the Language Access Plan (LAP).

Overview of the Building Integrated Communities (BIC) Initiative:
BIC is a multi-year planning process that helps North Carolina local governments successfully engage with immigrant and refugee residents to improve relationships, enhance communication, and promote civic participation and leadership in local government. The BIC project aligns with the Town's goal to make Chapel Hill a Place for Everyone.

Overview of the Proposed Language Access Plan (LAP):
* Over the past six months, the BIC Implementation Team prioritized the development of a Town-wide Language Access Plan (LAP), consistent with Strategy 10.1 of the Action Plan: Create a Town-wide Language Access Plan, in partnership with community organizations serving residents with low English proficiency, with particular focus on language justice and legal compliance.
* A LAP outlines policies and procedures to provide the most effective services for limited English proficient (LEP) residents. The federal government requires that organizations that receive federal funding take reasonable steps to ensure access to services for LEP individuals, which is typically articulated through a LAP.
* The BIC Implementation Team developed a draft LAP that includes language access policies and procedures related to:
1) Language assistance services, and
2) Employee training and incentive
* Staff presented the draft LAP to Council at a work session in September 2019, and the feedback offered by Council is reflected in the LAP bef...

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