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Comments on Limited English Proficiency Guidance

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Publication Date: April 2002

Publisher(s): Center for Law and Social Policy

Author(s): Elise Richer

Special Collection: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Topic: Social conditions (Public welfare and social services)

Type: Other

Coverage: United States


These comments to the Office for Civil Rights of the Department of Health and Human Services concern the Policy Guidance on Title VI Prohibition against National Origin Discrimination as It Affects Persons with Limited English Proficiency [LEP] (Guidance), reissued on February 1, 2002.

This letter expresses general support for the LEP Guidance and offers a few recommendations to consider when finalizing it. In particular, it notes the need for the Guidance to specifically address issues that arise in states as they implement their family assistance programs funded through the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families block grants.