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SKAMANIA COUNTY SENIOR SEVICES

TITLE VI (NONDISCRIMINATION) POLICY AND GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE

  I.             Policy of Nondiscrimination Skamania County Senior Services (SCSS), a department of Skamania County government, assures that no person shall on the grounds of race, color, national origin, or sex as provided by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987 be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any SCSS sponsored program or activity.  SCSS further assures that every effort will be made to ensure nondiscrimination in all of its programs and activities, whether those programs and activities are federally funded or not.  In the event that SCSS distributes Federal aid funds to another entity, it will include Title VI language in all written agreements and will monitor for compliance.  II.          Authorities Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act provides that no person in the United States shall on the grounds of race, color, national origin or sex be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance. The Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987 broadened the scope of Title VI coverage by expanding the definition of terms “programs or activities” to include all programs or activities of Federal Aid recipients, sub-recipients, and contractors, whether such programs and activities are federally assisted or not. (Public Law 100-259 [S.557] March 22, 1988).  III.       Responsibilities
  1. A.    The Senior Services Director is authorized to ensure compliance with the provisions of the agencies policy of nondiscrimination and with the law.  The Senior Services Director, or person delegated by the Director in writing, will perform the duties of the Title VI Coordinator for SCSS and ensure implementation of SCSS ‘s non-discrimination policy.  The Title VI Coordinator is responsible for initiating, monitoring, and ensuring SCSS’s compliance with Title VI requirements.
 IV.             Dissemination of SCSS’s Title IV Policy SCSS will disseminate its Title IV Policy and Complaint Procedure by:
  • Including the policy on the Skamania County website under the Senior Services program.
  • Posting the policy at the SCSS Office and Congregate Meal Site.
  • Providing the Policy and complaint procedure brochures on all SCSS vehicles.
 V.        Access Procedure for Person with Limited English Proficiency According to Bureau of Census, US Department of Commerce, in 2000 only 1.1 percent of Skamania County’s population spoke English less than “very well” and only 4.9 percent of the population spoke a language other than English.  SCSS does not prepare our written materials in other languages.   Skamania County Senior Services uses the “AT&T Language Line to communicate with non-English speaking persons seeking services, assistance or information from Skamania County.    The access number is 1-800-752-6096.  V.          Complaint Procedures
  1. Overview
These procedures cover all complaints filed under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended and Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987 relating to any program or activity administered by SCSS, as well as to sub-recipients, consultants, and contractors.  Law prohibits intimidation or retaliation of any kind for filing or pursuing a complaint.  These procedures do not deny the right of the complainant to file formal complaints with other state or federal agencies or to seek private counsel for complaints alleging discrimination.   The option of informal mediation meeting(s) between the affected parties and a designated mediator may be utilized for resolution.  B.     Procedures
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    1. Any individual, group of individuals, or entity that believes they have been subjected to discrimination prohibited by nondiscrimination requirements of this policy may file a written complaint with the Skamania County Board of Commissioners, P.O. Box 790, Stevenson, WA  98648.  A formal complaint must be filed within 180 days of the alleged occurrence.  Skamania County will not officially act or respond to complaints made verbally.
    2. Upon receipt of a written complaint, the Board will determine its jurisdiction, need for additional information, and the investigative merit of the complaint.  In some situations, the Board of Commissioners may forward the complaint directly to the Office of Equal Opportunity of the appropriate program funding agency.   The funding agency shall follow its adopted procedures for investigating discrimination complaints.
    3. The Board shall notify SCSS of the complaint against SCSS so that SCSS Title VI Coordinator can log the complaint. The SCSS Title VI Coordinator must maintain an annual Log of Complaints regarding SCSS for both Title VI complaints and ADA complaints or denial of services.  The log shall contain the following information for each complaint filed:

 i.      The name and address of the person filing the complaint.

 ii.      The date of the complaint

 iii.      The basis of the complaint   (race, color, national origin, handicap/ disability, age or sex).

 iv.      The disposition of the complaint

  1. Upon completion of the investigation, both the complainant and SCSS shall receive a copy of the report.
  2. If the complainant or respondent is not satisfied with the results of the investigation and determination of the Board of Commissioners, either may appeal the decision to the state and/or federal program funding agency or the U.S. Department of Justice.  Such appeal must be submitted within 180 days after the appropriate agency’s final resolution.  Unless new fact not previously considered come to light, reconsideration of the final determination by the investigating agency will not be available.
 VI.             Agency Contact Information LOCAL AGENCIES Skamania County Prosecuting Attorney                 Skamania County Board of CommissionersSkamania County Courthouse      Skamania County Courthouse P. O. Box 790                                                                      P. O. Box 790 Stevenson, WA 98648                                                    Stevenson, WA  98648 509-427-3790                                                                  509-427-3700  STATE OR REGIONAL AGENCIES Office of Equal Opportunity                                          Washington State Human Rights Commission Washington Department of Transportation           402 Evergreen Plaza, Bldg. FJ-41 PO Box 47314                                                                     Olympia, WA  98514-2490             310 Maple Park                                                                 1-800-233-3247 Olympia WA  98504-7314                                                   Ph: 360-705-7090                                                       Fax: 360-705-6801  FEDERAL AGENCIES Equal Employment Opportunity Commission       Federal Transit Authority – Region X 1-800-669-3362                                                                 Jackson Federal Building US Department of Justice                                                 915 Second Avenue, Suite 3142 1-800-514-0301                                                                  Seattle, WA  98174                                                                                                      Ph:  206-220-7954                                                                                                      Fax:  206-220-7959 Departmental Office of Civil Rights                              US Department of Agriculture US Department of Transportation                               Food and Nutrition Services 1200 New Jersey Ave S.E.                                              1-800-795-3272 Washington D.C. 20590                                                   202-720-6382 (TTY) 202-366-4648  US Department of Health and Human Services Office For Civil Rights 1-800-362-1710
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Office Location: Rock Creek Hegewald Center 710 SW Rock Creek Dr Stevenson, WA  98648

Mailing Address: PO Box # 369 Stevenson, WA 98648

Phone: (509) 427-3990

 

 

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