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Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Ensuring Effective Communication in The Recovery Process

Effective communication between the person seeking recovery and the service provider is vital. DBHIDS recognizes the unique needs of the deaf and hard of hearing population and has implemented a variety of strategies to support these needs while promoting recovery.

A variety of DBHIDS-contracted agencies employ therapists and staff who use American Sign Language (ASL) when working with persons who are deaf. Trained staff are also available to work with individuals who use technology devices to enhance their communication. In situations where a treatment staff member does not have ASL training, DBHIDS will arrange for an interpreter to be available so that the person is able to effectively communicate during their treatment session.

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