CR: 5 Nondiscrimination (New)

Effective Date: 10/94 Downloads: PDF Version    Revised Date: 10/16
   

Policy

It is the policy of the Nevada WIC Program that no participant or potential participant, or other interested parties will be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, sex, age, handicap or national origin.

Procedure

  1. The USDA poster “And Justice for All”, in English and Spanish, must be displayed on the premises where they will be easily seen by all applicants and participants.
  2. English and Spanish copies of the Nevada WIC Program procedures for filing a discrimination complaint or requesting a fair hearing must be prominently displayed on the premises where they will be easily seen by all applicants and participants.
  3. All printed outreach materials developed by the local agencies for disseminating WIC program qualifications/income requirements, must (when possible) carry the following full statement version in English and/or Spanish

 

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1)         mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture

      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

      1400 Independence Avenue, SW

      Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2)        fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3)        email: program.intake@usda.gov.

 

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

 

Los demás programas de asistencia nutricional del FNS, las agencias estatales y locales, y sus beneficiarios secundarios, deben publicar el siguiente Aviso de No Discriminación:

De conformidad con la Ley Federal de Derechos Civiles y los reglamentos y políticas de derechos civiles del Departamento de Agricultura de los EE. UU. (USDA, por sus siglas en inglés), se prohíbe que el USDA, sus agencias, oficinas, empleados e instituciones que participan o administran programas del USDA discriminen sobre la base de raza, color, nacionalidad, sexo, discapacidad, edad, o en represalia o venganza por actividades previas de derechos civiles en algún programa o actividad realizados o financiados por el USDA.

Las personas con discapacidades que necesiten medios alternativos para la comunicación de la información del programa (por ejemplo, sistema Braille, letras grandes, cintas de audio, lenguaje de señas americano, etc.), deben ponerse en contacto con la agencia (estatal o local) en la que solicitaron los beneficios. Las personas sordas, con dificultades de audición o discapacidades del habla pueden comunicarse con el USDA por medio del Federal Relay Service [Servicio Federal de Retransmisión] al (800) 877-8339. Además, la información del programa se puede proporcionar en otros idiomas.

Para presentar una denuncia de discriminación, complete el Formulario de Denuncia de Discriminación del Programa del USDA, (AD-3027) que está disponible en línea en: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html y en cualquier oficina del USDA, o bien escriba una carta dirigida al USDA e incluya en la carta toda la información solicitada en el formulario. Para solicitar una copia del formulario de denuncia, llame al (866) 632-9992. Haga llegar su formulario lleno o carta al USDA por:

(1)         correo: U.S. Department of Agriculture

      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

      1400 Independence Avenue, SW

      Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2)        fax: (202) 690-7442; o

(3)        correo electrónico: program.intake@usda.gov.

 

Esta institución es un proveedor que ofrece igualdad de oportunidades.

 

A condensed version or the established short statement, This institution is an equal opportunity provider’ may only be used for outreach materials with limited space. Every effort should be made to include the full statement when possible.

 

For other materials developed/printed by local agency that’s nutrition education or breastfeeding related, the short statement is sufficient. Print materials developed by local agencies using WIC grant monies for sponsored programs/activities, the short statement is also sufficient. However, agencies are not required to add the short statement to print materials from other non-WIC programs partnered with if those agencies do the printing or non-WIC monies are used.

 

  1. All program applicants and participants must be notified of their civil rights at the time of certification or subsequent certification by providing them with the Participant Rights and Responsibilities form. At the time of determination of ineligibility, termination from the program or placement, on a waiting list you must provide written notice of the right of appeal.
  2. Any individual has the right to file a discrimination complaint, and it is the responsibility of the WIC staff member to assist if necessary with the filing of the complaint. If a person indicates that they feel that they have been discriminated against on any basis listed and indicates that they wish to file a complaint, the WIC staff person must provide that person with a copy of the Nevada Division of Health WIC Program Discrimination Complaint procedure form in their predominant language. Clinic staff will record the complaint in the “Discrimination Complaint Log” and retain within the clinic.
  3. All discrimination complaints must be sent to the USDA and then forwarded to the State office. If the complainant is not able to put the complaint in writing, the WIC staff person must do this for her/him.
  4. The identity; of the complainant will be kept confidential if she/he wishes except to the extent necessary to conduct any investigation, hearing or judicial proceeding.
  5. No person(s) will intimidate, coerce, threaten or discriminate against an individual who has made a complaint or who has testified, assisted or participated in any manner in an investigation, proceeding or hearing.
  6. An individual may file a Civil Rights complaint and request a Fair Hearing simultaneously.

 

Native Americans

  • Native Americans will be assured accessibility to WIC services through clinics operated by either the Inter-Tribal Council of Nevada (ITCN) or the Nevada State WIC Program.
  • Any Native American requesting services from a WIC clinic operated within the Nevada State WIC Program will be served in accordance with the policies and procedures included in this manual.
  • If the Nevada State WIC Program has a waiting list, Native American applicants will be placed on the waiting list and will also be informed that WIC services may be available to them through the ITCN program.
  • At no time will a Native American applicant or participant be told that she/he must transfer to the ITCN program.