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Handouts

Considering Suing a Government Entity for an Injury?

This handout explains what you must do if you have been hurt by a governmental entity and are thinking about filing a lawsuit.

Download PDF: Considering Suing a Government Entity for an Injury? (140KB)

Disability Discrimination in Correctional Facilities

This handout provides information about possible agencies, complaint procedures and deadlines that often apply when a person with a disability has a complaint against a prison, jail or juvenile justice facility.

Download PDF: Disability Discrimination in Correctional Facilities (279KB)

Discharge Rights of Patients in Inpatient Mental Health Facilities

This handout explains what discharge is and the discharge planning rights for patients in inpatient mental health facilities.

Download PDF: Discharge Rights of Patients in Inpatient Mental Health Facilities (563KB)

How to Change Your Guardianship without a Lawyer

A guide to asking for a successor guardian or guardianship restoration, modification, and removal in Texas.

Download PDF: How to Change Your Guardianship without a Lawyer (474KB)

How to Create a Declaration for Mental Health Treatment

This handout explains how to create an advance psychiatric directive.

Download PDF: How to Create a Declaration for Mental Health Treatment (311KB)

How to Make a Complaint About Inpatient Mental Health Services

This handout tells you about the complaint process in state hospitals and state centers operated by the Texas Department of State Health Services (“TDSHS”).

Download PDF: How to Make a Complaint About Inpatient Mental Health Services (656KB)

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)

Mental Health Detention in an Emergency Room

This sheet provides information for people over 16 years of age about the ER process and the law.

Download PDF: Mental Health Detention in an Emergency Room (65KB)

Restraint and Seclusion Guidelines: Rights of People Receiving Behavioral Interventions

If you are placed in a mental health facility, this material has information you need to know about restraint and seclusion.

Download PDF: Restraint and Seclusion Guidelines: Rights of People Receiving Behavioral Interventions (308KB)

Rights of People Receiving Involuntary Inpatient Mental Health Services

All people have certain basic legal rights, including people who have mental illness and people who are in mental health facilities.This document summarizes those rights.

Download PDF: Rights of People Receiving Involuntary Inpatient Mental Health Services (739KB)

The PAIMI Council Speaks Out: Finding Your Voice - Video Transcript

English transcript of video produced by members of the Disability Rights Texas PAIMI Council. Members of the Council share their personal stories and encourage people to speak up and reach out if they think their rights are being violated. (Link to video is in Helpful Links section below. Transcripción de Video - Recursos en Español, Folletos.)

Download PDF: The PAIMI Council Speaks Out: Finding Your Voice - Video Transcript (268KB)

Turning a Blind Eye: State Hospital Investigative Report

DTRx released a report in response to numerous allegations in the press about patient abuse and professional misconduct by physicians at state-run psychiatric hospitals in Texas.

Download PDF: Turning a Blind Eye: State Hospital Investigative Report (522KB)

Voluntary Patient Rights

This handout explains your rights when seeking voluntary inpatient mental health treatment.

Download PDF: Voluntary Patient Rights (597KB)

What you should expect from your Mental Health Court-Appointed Attorney

This handout explains what to expect from a court-appointed attorney in civil commitment and forced medications hearings, and provides information about how to file a complaint if you are not happy with the services you receive from a court-ordered mental health attorney.

Download PDF: What you should expect from your Mental Health Court-Appointed Attorney (354KB)

Your Legal Rights Under Emergency Commitment

This handout provides the information you need to know about your rights if you are taken to an in-patient mental health facility on an emergency commitment.

Download PDF: Your Legal Rights Under Emergency Commitment (436KB)

Helpful Links

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

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

How to file a complaint against a state-regulated facility

Information on how to file a complaint against a state regulated facility in Texas.

How to File a Complaint About a Facility

Nursing Facility Rights Flyer

Residents of Texas nursing facilities have all the rights, benefits, responsibilities and privileges granted by the Constitution and laws of this state and the United States.

Nursing Facility Rights Flyer

Supported Decision Making Page - links to all DRTx resources

Supported Decision Making Resources

Video - The PAIMI Council Speaks Out: Finding Your Voice

Members of PAIMI Council encourage people to speak up and reach out if they think their rights are being violated.

The PAIMI Council Speaks Out: Finding Your Voice - ENGLISH CAPTION VERSION

Video - The PAIMI Council Speaks Out: Finding Your Voice (ASL VERSION)

Members of PAIMI Council encourage people to speak up and reach out if they think their rights are being violated.

Video, ASL VERSION - The PAIMI Council Speaks Out: Finding Your Voice

Your Rights in a State Supported Living Center

This handbook tells you about the rights and privileges you have if you are receiving services at a state school or state center managed by Texas Health and Human Services (previously called Department of Aging and Disability Services or DADS).

Your Rights in a State Supported Living Center

Your Rights in an ICF/IDD

This handbook tells you about the rights and privileges you have if you are receiving services in programs offered in the community through the Intermediate Care Facilities for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities (ICF/IDD).

Your Rights in an ICF/IDD

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
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