Community Living

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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)

Texas Home and Community-Based Supports and Services

From an Advanced Guardianship Law Course for attorneys presented by Richard LaVallo, Legal Director for Disability Rights Texas. A list of Texas home and community-based supports and services.

Download PDF: Texas Home and Community-Based Supports and Services (1MB)

Helpful Links

Assisted Living Facility Resident’s Bill of Rights

This webpage from the Texas Health and Human Services Department outlines the rights of persons who live in an assisted living facility.

Assisted Living Facility Resident Rights

Community First Choice

Community First Choice (CFC) provides certain services and supports to individuals living in the community who are enrolled in the Medicaid program and meet CFC eligibility requirements.

Community First Choice Medicaid Program

Community Living Options Booklet

Community Living Options Booklets for Residents in State Supported Living Centers and Adults with Intellectual and Development Disabilities in Nursing Facilities

Community Living Options Booklets

Consumer Directed Services Option

Consumer Directed Services allows people who receive services from the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) to hire and manage the people who provide their services.

Consumer Directed Services Option

Consumer Rights and Services at the Texas Health and Human 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 Texas Health and Human Services

Establishing a Trust

Information on Master Pooled Trusts from The Arc of Texas

Master Pooled Trusts for People with Disabilities

Filing a Complaint with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission

The Office of the Ombudsman at the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) serves as a central point of assistance in identifying appropriate programs or departments for problems and complaints. The Ombudsman assists the public when the agency's normal complaint process cannot or does not satisfactorily resolve the issue.

HHSC Ombudsman

Finding a Long Term Care Provider in Texas

Finding long-term care for yourself or a family member is an important task. While nothing can replace visiting a facility or meeting with a provider in person, the Long-term Care (LTC) Provider Search can help you learn more about these providers and facilities.

Long Term Care Provider Search

Guardianship Provider Handbook from Texas Health and Human Services

Guardianship Provider Handbook from Texas Health and Human Services

Texas Health and Human Services Guardianship Provider Handbook

STAR Kids

STAR Kids is a new Texas Medicaid managed care program that began on November 1, 2016, and provides Medicaid benefits to children and adults 20 and younger who have disabilities. Participation in the STAR Kids program is required for those who are 20 or younger, covered by Medicaid, and meet certain criteria.

STAR Kids Texas Medicaid Managed Care Program

Texas ABLE Saving Accounts for People with Disabilities

The Texas Achieving a Better Life Experience (“Texas ABLE®”) Program was established to encourage and assist individuals with disabilities and their families in saving funds to pay for many disability-related expenses critical to maintaining the individuals’ health, independence, and quality of life. ABLE accounts provide families an account to deposit and invest funds for the benefit of family members with a disability without those funds being counted against them for Supplemental Security Income and Medicaid purposes. It is a way to put money away for family members' future, without having to worry about them losing her government benefits.

Texas ABLE Savings Program for People with Disabilities

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

Understanding PASRR

Preadmission Screening and Resident Review (PASRR) was designed to ensure that individuals with disabilities are not admitted to or retained in nursing homes when there are superior alternatives.

PASRR Assistance Center

Understanding PASRR

Preadmission Screening and Resident Review (PASRR) was designed to ensure that individuals with disabilities are not admitted to or retained in nursing homes when there are superior alternatives.

PASRR Assistance Center

Your Rights in Local Authority Services

This publication explains 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 When Receiving Services and Supports

Rights are what you can do and how you are treated based on laws and rules. Our rights include making our own decisions, choosing where to live and being treated with respect. Our rights don’t go away because we get older, have an intellectual or developmental disability (IDD), or live in a nursing home or intermediate care facility.

Your Rights When Receiving Supports and Services
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