Community Living Resources

These resources are provided for informational purposes only and are not a substitute for the advice of an attorney.

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Handouts

How to Make an Advance Directive

Texas law allows you to create a Declaration for Mental Health Treatment (Advance Directive) to control your mental health treatment in the event you become unable to make treatment decisions at a later date.

Download PDF: How to Make an Advance Directive (383KB)

Legally Adequate Consent

This handout explains the requirements of legally adequate consent under state law, when legally adequate consent is necessary and who is authorized to give the needed consent for a person with a disability.

Download PDF: Legally Adequate Consent (707KB)

Representing Parties in Supported Decision-Making Agreements: A Guide for Attorneys

A guide for attorneys on representing parties in supported decision-making agreements, written by Tresi Weeks, private attorney and DRTx Board Member.

Download PDF: Representing Parties in Supported Decision-Making Agreements: A Guide for Attorneys (551KB)

Self-Advocacy Information Flyer

This flyer gives a general overview of self-advocacy and contact information for DRTx.

Download PDF: Self-Advocacy Information Flyer (438KB)

Supported Decision Making Overview

During the 84th Texas Legislative Session in 2015, legislators passed new laws that make Texas the first state to have laws recognizing supported decision-making agreements as an alternative to guardianship. This handout explains supported decision making agreements including what rights the person with a disability maintains, what the supporter can and cannot do, and how this type of agreement differs from a power of attorney.

Download PDF: Supported Decision Making Overview (230KB)

Supported Decision Making Presentation Slides

This is the current presentation DRTx is using to provide more detailed information on Supported Decision Making to people with disabilities, families, caregivers, school personnel and disability service providers.

Download PDF: Supported Decision Making Presentation Slides (779KB)

Supported Decision-Making Agreement Sample Authorization to Release Confidential Information Form

This document contains a sample form to be completed by the person being supported allowing the supporter to receive certain types of confidential information such as health, employment and educational records. Please first read our resource entitled, "Supported Decision Making Overview" before using this form.

Download PDF: Supported Decision-Making Agreement Sample Authorization to Release Confidential Information Form (290KB)

Supported Decision-Making Agreement Sample Form

This document includes a sample of a Supported Decision-Making Agreement (SDMA) form. Please first read our resource entitled, "Supported Decision Making Overview" prior to using this SDMA form.

Download PDF: Supported Decision-Making Agreement Sample Form (81KB)

Transition Guide

"Your Rights, Your Voice: A Guide for Youth with Mental Health Concerns Transitioning into Adulthood" is a resource to help transition age youth learn about their rights and provide tools to help them successfully move into adulthood. Topics covered included special education services, post-secondary education, vocational rehabilitation services, employment, mental health care, community living, and alternatives to guardianship. Special thanks to the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health for providing the funding to make this guide possible. Please note this guide has several pages and the document is in color. You may want to consider printing it on 2 sides and/or using black and white ink. (Updated: October 2016)

Download PDF: Transition Guide (3MB)

Helpful Links

Consumer Rights and Services at the Department of Aging and Disability Services

Consumer Rights and Services employees take complaints about the treatment of people who receive services in long-term care facilities or in their homes.

Consumer Rights and Services at the Department of Aging and Disability Services

DADS Guardianship Services Handbook

Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services' Guardianship Services Handbook

DADS Guardianship Services Handbook

Establishing a Trust

Information on Master Pooled Trusts from The Arc of Texas

Master Pooled Trusts for People with Disabilities

Estate Planning: Trusts

Information on trusts and estate planning from the Texas Health and Human Services Commission

Estate Planning -- Trusts

It’s Your Choice: Consumer-Directed Services (CDS)

This publication of the Department of Aging and Disability Services explains how the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services offers people living with disabilities home and community based services and supports options to help them stay as independent as possible. When it comes to managing those services, everyone has different needs and preferences.

It's Your Choice: Consumer Directed Services (CDS)

Supported Decision Making in Action: Dawn’s Story

Dawn is 39 years old and lives independently. She has an intellectual disability. She and her mom use a supported decision making agreement to provide Dawn with any extra support she might need.

Supported Decision Making in Action: Dawn's Story

Supported Decision Making in Action: Timberley’s Story

When Timberley turned 18, her school gave her mom information about guardianship. But her mom had raised her to be independent, so she knew that wasn't what was best for Timberley. Then she discovered supported decision making.

Supported Decision Making in Action: Timberley's Story

Supported Decision Making: Jenny Hatch’s Story (VIDEO)

Watch this video to learn about a young woman who has led the way in the Supported Decision Making movement. Margaret “Jenny” Hatch is a 29 year old woman with Down syndrome. Jenny wanted to live her life the way she always had – deciding where to live, what to do, work and see like everyone else does. That all changed in August of 2012, when Jenny was served with a petition attempting to put her in a guardianship...

Supported Decision Making: Jenny Hatch's Story

Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services Community Options Booklet

Information from the DADS Community Services and Program Operations on long-term services and supports options

Services Community Options Booklet

Texas Quality Matters

The Texas Quality Matters website at the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) provides information to you about many DADS services programs as well as providing information about quality improvement initiatives. This site links to Quality Reporting Scores (QRS) for community and facility programs and the Quality Monitoring Program for Nursing Facilities (QMWeb).

Texas Quality Matters

Texas’ Promoting Independence Plan

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission developed the Texas Promoting Independence Plan which supports allowing many people with a disability to live and receive supports and services in the community.

Texas’ Promoting Independence Plan

VIDEO: Supported Decision Making: An Alternative to Guardianship in Texas

Many people think that guardianship is the best way to help adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities make important decisions. The truth is, guardianship is often not necessary. Watch this news interview with the DRTx legal director to learn more about the new guardianship reform laws passed in Texas that will give people with disabilities more independence, including Supported Decision Making.

Supported Decision Making: An Alternative to Guardianship

Your Rights in DADS Community Programs

This handbook tells you about some general rights and responsibilities you may have if you are receiving services in Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) community programs.

Your Rights in DADS Community Programs

Your Rights in DADS Community Programs for Older Texans and People with Physical Disabilities

This publication of the Department of Aging and Disability Services tells you about some general rights and responsibilities you may have if you are receiving services in the following DADS programs: Community Attendant Services, Community Based Alternatives, Community Living Assistance and Support Services, Consolidated Waiver Program, Consumer Managed Personal Assistant Services, Day Activity and Health Services, Deaf Blind Multiple Disabilities Program, Family Care, Hospice Services, Integrated Care Management, Medically Dependent Children Program, Primary Home Care, Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly, and Special Services to Persons with Disabilities.

Your Rights in DADS Community Programs for Older Texans and People with Physical Disabilities

Your Rights in Local Authority Services

This publication of the Department of Aging and Disability Services tells you about the rights and privileges you have if you are receiving services offered by a local authority, sometimes called “community centers.”

Your Rights in Local Authority Services

Your Rights in the Home and Community Services (HCS) Program

This Department of Aging and Disability Services handbook tells about the rights and privileges you have if you are receiving services offered through the Home and Community-based Services (HCS) Program.

Your Rights in the Home and Community Services (HCS) program

Your Rights in the Texas Home Living Program (TxHmL)

This publication of the Department of Aging and Disability Services explains the rights and privileges individuals have when receiving services through the Texas Home Living (TxHmL) program.

Your Rights in the Texas Home Living Program (TxHmL)
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