Protecting the rights of Tennesseans with disabilities
Disability Rights Tennessee (DRT) was founded as E.A.C.H. in 1978. Most recently the agency was known as Disability Law & Advocacy Center of Tennessee.
Today, DRT is Tennessee’s Protection & Advocacy System and has served—at no cost—more than 50,000 clients with disabilities. Our mission is to protect the rights of Tennesseans with disabilities.
DRT provides legal advocacy services to people with disabilities across the state with numerous issues, including employment discrimination, safety in schools, abuse and neglect, and access to community resources and services.
DRT is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, primarily funded by the Administration for Community Living, the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration, the Rehabilitation Services Administration, and the Social Security Administration.
Copies of DRT's most recently filed audited financial statements can be found on our GivingMatters profile
Disability rights Tennessee (DRT) is required by federal law to establish a grievance procedure for individuals who have received or are receiving mental health services, family members of such individuals, or representatives of such individuals or family members to assure that DRT is operating in compliance with the Protection and Advocacy for Mentally Ill Individuals Act. 42 U.S.C. § 10805(a)(9). Information about DRT's grievance procedures and accesss to DRT's grievance forms can be found in Frequently Asked Questions section of the website.