Title VI Policy and Procedures

Notice of Nondiscrimination Rights and Protections to Beneficiaries
Federal “Title VI/Nondiscrimination” Protections
The Montachusett Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) 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 MRPC’s Title VI Programs consistent with federal interpretation and administration. Additionally, MRPC 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.  
State Nondiscrimination Protections
MRPC also complies with the Massachusetts Public Accommodation Law, M.G.L. c 272 §§ 92a, 98, 98a, prohibiting making any distinction, discrimination, or restriction in admission to or treatment in a place of public accommodation based on race, color, religious creed, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, or ancestry. Likewise, MRPC complies with the Governor’s Executive Order 526, section 4 requiring all programs, activities, and services provided, performed, licensed, chartered, funded, regulated, or contracted for by the state shall be conducted without unlawful discrimination based on race, color, age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, creed, ancestry, national origin, disability, veteran's status (including Vietnam-era veterans), or background.
Additional Information
To request additional information regarding Title VI and related federal and state nondiscrimination obligations, please contact:
Montachusett Metropolitan Planning Organization (MMPO) 
and Montachusett Regional Planning Commission (MRPC)
Title VI Coordinator
464 Abbott Avenue
Leominster, MA 01453
(978) 345-7376
MassDOT/MBTA Title VI Specialists
Office of Diversity and Civil Rights – Title VI Unit
10 Park Plaza, Suite 3800
Boston, MA 02116
Phone: (857) 368-8580 or 7‐1‐1 for Relay Service

Complaint Filing

To file a complaint alleging a violation of Title VI or related federal nondiscrimination law, contact the Title VI Specialist (above) within 180 days of the alleged discriminatory conduct.  See also the information and forms listed below.
To file a complaint alleging a violation of the state’s Public Accommodation Law, contact the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination within 300 days of the alleged discriminatory conduct at:  
Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD)
One Ashburton Place, 6th Floor
Boston, MA 02109
617-994-6000 ~~  TTY: 617-994-6196
English: If this information is needed in another language, please contact the MRPC Title VI Coordinator at 978-345-7376.
Spanish: Si necesita esta información en otro idioma, por favor contacte el coordenador del MRPC del Título VI al 978-345-7376.
French: Si cette information est nécessaire dans une autre langue, s'il vous plaît communiquer avec le coordonnateur MRPC Titre VI au 978-345-7376.
Complaint Procedures, Forms and Other Information
Civil Rights Notice to the Public - English (pdf)
Title VI Complaint Procedures - English  (pdf)
Title VI Complaint Form - English  (pdf)
Title VI Notice of Rights & Protection to Beneficiaries - English  (pdf)
Civil Rights Notice to the Public - Spanish (pdf)
Title VI Complaint Procedures - Spanish  (pdf)
Title VI Complaint Form - Spanish  (pdf)
Title VI Notice of Rights & Protection to Beneficiaries - Spanish  (pdf)
Civil Rights Notice to the Public - French (pdf)
Title VI Complaint Procedures - French  (pdf)
Title VI Complaint Form - French  (pdf)
Title VI Notice of Rights & Protection to Beneficiaries - French  (pdf)

Title VI Complaint Procedures for MassDOT and the MBTA
Procedures for the processing and disposition of complaints filed directly with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) or the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), and their subrecipients, contractors, and subcontractors in their administration of federally funded programs and activities.
Title VI Complaint Procedures (pdf)
Title VI Complaint Form - English  Spanish  French