- Benny Bergantino
- Senior Planner
- Phone: (401) 222-1755
Title VI & Civil Rights
Title VI - RI Statewide Planning Notice to Beneficiaries
Statewide Planning (SP) operates its programs, services, and activities in compliance with federal nondiscrimination laws including Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI), the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987, and related statutes and regulations. Title VI prohibits discrimination in federally assisted programs and requires that no person in the United States of America shall, on the grounds of race, color, or national origin (including limited English proficiency), be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal assistance. Related federal nondiscrimination laws administrated by the Federal Highway Administration, the Federal Transit Administration, or both prohibit discrimination on the basis of age, sex, and disability. These protected categories are contemplated within the SP’s Title VI Program consistent with federal interpretation and administration. Additionally, SP provides meaningful access to its programs, services, and activities to individuals with limited English proficiency, in compliance with US Department of Transportation policy and guidance on federal Executive Order 13166.
Specifically, Statewide Planning will comply with the following“Statutory Requirements and Related Executive Orders”.
Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. § 2000d et seq., 78 stat. 252), (prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin);
Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1973, (23 U.S.C. § 324 et seq.), (prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex); Title 23 Chapter 3 Section 324 of Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1973, Prohibition of discrimination on the basis of sex basically states that no person shall on the ground of sex be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal assistance under this title or carried on under this title. This provision will be enforced through agency provisions and rules similar to those already established, with respect to racial and other discrimination, under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, (29 U.S.C. § 794 et seq.), as amended, (prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability); this law set the stage for further protections under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA).
Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended, (42 U.S.C. § 12101 et seq.), (prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability); The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 are federal anti-discrimination laws that protect persons with disabilities. While Section 504 applies only to the federal government and recipients of federal funds, Title II of the ADA applies to all state and local governments, regardless of funding source. The ADA provides comprehensive civil rights protections to any qualified person with a disability; it forbids discrimination not only in government programs, benefits and services, but also in employment practices, access to public accommodations, and telecommunications. Also, in conformance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, all publications of Statewide Planning can be made available in electronic format. For information on obtaining Statewide Planning documents in alternate format contact the Rhode Island Division Planning, One Capitol Hill, Providence, RI 02908 (401.222.7901 voice) (401.222.2627 tdd).
The Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended, (42 U.S.C. § 6101 et seq.), (prohibits discrimination on the basis of age); This Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of age in programs or activities receiving federal financial assistance. The Age Discrimination Act of 1975applies to persons of all ages. Under the Act recipients of federal funds may not exclude, deny or limit services or otherwise discriminate against persons on the basis of age.
Executive Order 12898 (1995), entitled “Federal Actions to Address Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and Low-Income Populations” Statewide Planning is equally committed to implementing in its capacity, as staff for the RI Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), the responsibilities under this Executive Order. This includes; identifying and addressing disproportionately high and adverse human health or environmental effects of its programs, policies and activities on minority populations and low-income populations. Statewide Planning carries out this responsibility by involving minority and low income individuals in the transportation process and considering their transportation needs in the development and review of the SP’s transportation plans, programs and projects. Statewide Planning maintains an environmental justice contact list and gives notices to these individuals, agencies, and organizations regarding upcoming workshops, hearings and major transportation plans.
Executive Order 13166, (2001), entitled, "Improving Access to Services for Persons with Limited English Proficiency" This Order directs federal agencies, including the U.S. Department of Transportation , to take reasonable steps to improve access to federally-assisted programs and activities for persons of limited English-speaking ability. As a sub-recipient of U.S. Department of Transportation funds, Statewide Planning (SP) is committed to implementing a reasonable, consistent language assistance plan so that SP may provide meaningful access to its programs and services by persons with limited English Proficiency (LEP).
Civil Rights and Planning
Planning must be done with the involvement and for the benefit of all the citizens of Rhode Island. Statewide Planning is guided by Title VI and environmental justice mandates, and strives to not only meet these mandates, but to create an overall transparent, inclusive planning process. As the single metropolitan planning organization (MPO) staff office for the State of Rhode Island, Statewide Planning is committed to making Title VI and environmental justice a part of the planning process, integrated in all programs and plans, and a guide for public participation efforts.
In its efforts to address Title VI and environmental justice, Statewide Planning uses its analytical capabilities to ensure that the long-range transportation plan Transportation 2035 and the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) identifies residential, employment, and transportation patterns of low-income and minority populations so that their needs may be identified and addressed, and the benefits and burdens of transportation can be fairly distributed. It also evaluates and, where necessary, improves the public involvement process to eliminate barriers and engage minority, disabled, elderly, and low-income populations in regional decision-making. Therefore, age, race, national origin, language spoken, sex, nor disability, should become a significant barrier to participating in the public planning process. Whether that participation includes obtaining and or reading one of the many planning documents Statewide Planning prepares, participating in workshops, meetings or public hearings, or serving on one of several permanent or transient planning committees.
Additional Information and Complaint Procedures
To request additional information about Statewide Planning's Civil Rights obligations please contact, Benny Bergantino, Title VI Coordinator, (401) 222-1755. Persons wishing to file complaints under Title VI should do so within 180 days of the alleged occurrence. Complaints may be submitted in writing to the Title VI Coordinator using the Title VI/Civil Rights Complaint Form or Title VI/Civil Rights Complaint Form for other Languages. Also, reasonable accommodations will be provided to anyone needing assistance in submitting a complaint due to a disability. Individuals with physical or sensory impairments requiring assistance in filing a complaint should contact Mr. Thomas Mannock, Ph.D or (401)222-6377. (voice) or #711 (R.I. Relay).