A. What Laws and Policies Protect Individuals with Disabilities?

There are a multitude of laws intended to protect individuals with disabilities. Although not an exhaustive list, some of these laws include:

Additionally, various services and programs that directly impact individuals with disabilities include: Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), Social Security benefits, and special education.

CPS Developmental Disability Specialists are the main point of contact for serving children with disabilities in the child welfare system. Responsibilities for the Developmental Disability Specialist are outlined in the CPS Policy Handbook Section 6411.31 available online at https://www.dfps.state.tx.us/handbooks/CPS/Files/CPS_pg_6400.asp#CPS_6411_31.

CPS also has a policy dealing with Preparation for Long-Term Care or Support in Adulthood for Youth with Disabilities found at Section 10340 of the CPS Policy Handbook available online at https://www.dfps.state.tx.us/handbooks/CPS/Files/CPS_pg_x10300.asp#CPS_10340.