TELUS Health Language Assistance (THLA)
What is TELUS Health Language Assistance (THLA), and who can use it?
TELUS Health provides both verbal and written language interpretation at no cost to a participant receiving counseling through our Employee Assistance Program. The interpretation service is also offered to licensed counselors contracted by TELUS Health to provide counseling.
What kind of services are offered with THLA?
We offer spoken interpretation in most languages to all TELUS Heath users who contact us by phone.
Some TELUS Health counselors are bilingual in English and other languages, like French and Spanish. Whenever possible, we connect you with a bilingual counselor who can communicate in your preferred language when you call.
We can provide an interpreter at no cost when you work with your counselor, even if you have a friend or loved one who can interpret for you.
We can translate written information into your language at no cost to you.
What specific assistance can I expect with THLA?
Spoken telephone communication with TELUS Health with the help of an interpreter
Spoken telephone communication with your counselor with the help of an interpreter, when necessary
Referrals to bilingual providers and counselors, when possible
Written communication in your language for certain documents
Written information available in select languages on TELUS Health’s website
How does THLA meet California language assistance program standards?
TELUS Health :
assesses user language preferences, tracking the preferred languages of non-English proficient participants
offers language assistance services at no cost to participants
trains our employees on how to effectively provide language assistance, and educates global providers about THLA
regularly monitors services to ensure compliance
confirms that telephonic interpreters are trained in ethics, confidentiality and cultural sensitivity so that their behaviors are in the best interests of users
Communicates to participants about availability of language assistance program.