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RULE §565.5Rights of Individuals
Texas Register

(a) The program provider cannot prohibit:

  (1) an individual, or the legally authorized representative (LAR) on behalf of the individual, from exercising the same rights and responsibilities exercised by people without disabilities; and

  (2) a LAR or family members from encouraging the individual to exercise the same rights and responsibilities exercised by people without disabilities.

(b) The program provider must develop and implement policies that ensure the individual is informed of his or her rights and can exercise his or her rights without interference, coercion, discrimination, or retaliation from the program provider. This includes the right to:

  (1) manage, be trained to manage, or have assistance in managing financial affairs upon documentation of the individual's written request for assistance;

  (2) access public accommodations;

  (3) be informed of the requirements for participation;

  (4) be informed, both orally and in writing, of all the HCS Program and CFC services available and rules pertaining to the individual's enrollment and participation in the program provider's program, including those related to the use of restraint, as well as any changes in these that occur;

  (5) be informed of the individual plan of care (IPC), implementation plan, and transportation plan, including any restrictions affecting the individual's rights;

  (6) participate in decisions and be informed of the reasons for decisions regarding plans for enrollment, service termination, transfer, relocation, or denial of Home and Community-based Services Program (HCS) Program or Community First Choice (CFC) services;

  (7) be informed about the individual's own health, mental condition, and related progress;

  (8) be informed of the name and qualifications of any person serving or treating the individual and to choose among various available service providers;

  (9) receive visitors without prior notice to the program provider;

  (10) have privacy in visitation with family and other visitors;

  (11) make and receive telephone calls in private;

  (12) send and receive sealed and uncensored mail;

  (13) attend or refuse to attend religious activities;

  (14) participate in developing a pre-discharge plan that addresses assistance for the individual after he or she leaves the program;

  (15) be free from the use of unauthorized restraints;

  (16) live in a normative residential living environment;

  (17) access free public schooling according to Texas Education Code;

  (18) live where the individual is within proximity of and can access treatment and services that are best suited to meet the individual's needs and abilities and enhance that individual's strengths;

  (19) have a personalized IPC, implementation plan, and transportation plan based on individualized assessments that meet the individual's needs and abilities and enhance that individual's strengths;

  (20) help decide what the implementation plan and transportation plan will be;

  (21) be informed as to the progress or lack of progress being made in the execution of the implementation plan and transportation plan;

  (22) choose from the same services that are available to all community members, including those without disabilities;

  (23) be evaluated as needed, but at least annually, to determine the individual's strengths, needs, preferences, and appropriateness of the implementation plan and transportation plan;

  (24) complain at any time to a staff member or service provider;

  (25) receive appropriate support and assistance from a staff member or service provider to address concerns if the individual dislikes or disagrees with the services being rendered or thinks that his or her rights are being violated;

  (26) live free from abuse, neglect, or exploitation in a healthful and safe environment;

  (27) participate in decisions regarding the individual's living environment, including location, furnishings, personal property, other individuals residing in the residence, and moves to other residential locations;

  (28) have service providers who are responsive to the individual and, at the same time, are responsible for the overall functioning of the HCS Program;

  (29) have active personal assistance in exercising civil and self-advocacy rights attainment by provisions for:

    (A) complaints;

    (B) voter registration;

    (C) citizenship information and education;

    (D) advocacy services; and

    (E) guardianship;

  (30) receive counseling concerning the use of money;

  (31) possess and to use money in personal and individualized ways or learn to do so;

  (32) access all financial records regarding the individual's funds;

  (33) have privacy during treatment and care of personal needs;

  (34) have privacy during visits by his or her spouse if living apart;

  (35) share a room when both spouses are living in the same residence;

  (36) be free from serving as a source of labor when residing with persons other than family members;

  (37) communicate, associate, and meet privately with any person of his or her choice, including other individuals, unless this violates the rights of another individual;

  (38) participate in social, recreational, and community group activities;

  (39) have his or her LAR involved in activities, including:

    (A) being informed of all rights and responsibilities when the individual is enrolled in the program provider's program, as well as any changes in rights or responsibilities before they become effective;

    (B) participating in the planning for HCS Program and CFC services; and

    (C) advocating for all rights of the individual;

  (40) be informed of the individual's option to transfer to other program providers as chosen by the individual or LAR as often as desired;

  (41) complain to HHSC when the program provider's resolution of a complaint is unsatisfactory to the individual or LAR, and to be informed of the Intellectual and Developmental Disability Ombudsman telephone number to initiate complaints (1-800-252-8154); and

  (42) have opportunities for leisure time activities, vacation periods, religious observances, holidays, and days off, consistent with the individual's choice and routines of other members of the community.

Source Note: The provisions of this §565.5 adopted to be effective June 21, 2023, 48 TexReg 3246

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