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This section of PALawHelp.org has information and resources about Mental Health and Mental Retardation issues in Pennsylvania.

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Mental Health Care Advance Directive

A Mental Health Advance Directive is a document that allows you to make your choices known regarding mental health treatment in the event that your mental illness makes you unable to make decisions. This packet provides information and forms to allow you to prepare documents to fit you needs regarding an advance directive. [PDF]

Intellectual Disabilities Services

Information from the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services on the intellectual and developmental disability service system in Pennsylvania.

Medicaid Waivers for People with Intellectual Disabilities or Autism

Pennsylvania’s Medical Assistance (“Medicaid”) program includes home and community-based services waivers “HCBS Waivers”) that fund a variety of services enabling eligible individuals with intellectual disabilities (ID) and/or autism to live in their own homes and communities. The purpose of this Fact Sheet is to provide an overview of Medicaid HCBS Waivers generally and the HCBS Waivers in Pennsylvania that offer services to people with ID and/or autism. [PDF]

Consent, Capacity and Substitute Decision-Making

This manual provides people with disabilities, their family members, service providers, and others with information about the important issues related to decision-making and preserving people's right to make decisions for oneself to the maximum extent possible. [PDF]

Estate Planning, Substitute Decision-Making and Guardianship Resources

Resources from Disability Rights Pennsylvania on options for persons with disabilities for Estate Planning and Decision Making. [PDF]

Fact Sheet for Consumers - If Your Residential Mental Health Services are Terminated

This Fact Sheet addresses the rights of adults with mental illness who received notices of termination of services from their residential program providers.

Juvenile Dependency Proceedings: A Fact Sheet for Parents with Mental Illness (PDF)

This Fact Sheet is designed to give parents with mental illness some basic information about juvenile dependency proceedings and their rights in those proceedings. [PDF]

Termination by Providers of Intellectual Disability Services

This Fact Sheet from Disability Rights Pennsylvania addresses the standards and procedures that govern a provider's decision to terminate intellectual disability services. [PDF]

Disability Rights Pennsylvania Resource Publications

Publications from Disability Rights Pennsylvania on a variety of disability-related issues.

Fact Sheet Regarding Termination of Residential Mental Health Services

This Fact Sheet from the Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania addresses the rights of adults with mental illness who receive notices of termination of services from their residential program providers. [PDF]

Publications from the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law

List of Publications from the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law. The Bazelon Center produces reports, issue papers, and manuals that analyze major federal laws, policies, and regulations that affect access to services and the rights of people with mental disabilities.

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