Provider Letter – PL 18-08 (NF) – Nursing providers have been issued a new provider letter regarding Disability Rights Texas (DRTx). Prior to March 2011, Disability Rights Texas was known as Advocacy, Inc. As a part of recent rules amendments, HHSC Long-term Care Regulatory has elected to use a generic description of the protection and advocacy system rather than the name of the entity.
The letter details that when Nursing Facility (NF) rules refer to the designated protection and advocacy system, the reference is to DRTx. Providers can find information for DRTx on its website https://www.disabilityrightstx.org/
According to the website, Congress has passed a number of laws to protect people with disabilities from discrimination that limits their full and equal participation in society. Congress also created a national network of protection and advocacy organizations (P&As) to help secure and advance the rights of people with disabilities. In addition to legal and advocacy services, Disability Rights Texas also provides helpful resource handouts and links for people with disabilities and their caretakers about how to advocate for themselves.
Disability Rights Texas (DRTx) is the federally designated legal protection and advocacy agency (P&A) for people with disabilities in Texas.