These resources are provided for informational purposes only and are not a substitute for the advice of an attorney.
"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.
PDF: Transition Guide (3MB)
What Is PABSS?
Information on the Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security (PABSS) program
PDF: What Is PABSS? (427KB)
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