Interest List Reduction

Because the demand for community-based services and supports often outweighs available resources, applicant's names may be placed on an interest list until services are available. However, some needs may be met through other programs until an applicant's name comes to the top of the list.

Applicants are placed on interest lists on a first-come, first-served basis. When a person's name comes to the top of the list, he or she will be contacted by a caseworker. When the caseworker determines that someone is eligible, that person will need to choose a provider to deliver services, if he or she has not already done so.

DADS received significant funding from the 80th Texas Legislature (2007) to serve additional persons from the Medicaid waiver and non-Medicaid community services interest lists. House Bill 1 provides $71.5 million in general revenue funds to address the interest lists at DADS.

Interest lists for community-based programs are managed either locally or statewide, depending on the program. The programs are:

  • Community Living Assistance and Support Services (CLASS)
  • Deaf Blind with Multiple Disabilities (DBMD)
  • Home and Community-based Services (HCS)
  • Medically Dependent Children's Program (MDCP)

Allocations are based on available funding. People who have been on the interest lists the longest are enrolled first. Enrollment is done by:

  • regional employees
  • Local intellectual and developmental disability authorities
  • CLASS providers
  • DBMD

For information about how to apply for services, visit the Services website.

Interest List Reduction Report Summary Fiscal Years 2020-2021

Note: To see past reports, please click here.

February 2021

February 2021 Summary of Interest List Releases
Item CLASS DBMD HCS1 MDCP STAR+ TxHmL1 Totals
Previous Biennium Counts As of August 31, 2019 74,012 673 102,932 10,082 7,327 83,710 278,736
Released/Removed from Interest List 2 Enrolled 4 157 9 1,143 1,335 3,280 0 5,924
Denied/Declined/Withdrawn 4 1,238 35 1,063 6,771 22,724 5 31,836
Pipeline 2,931 76 1,935 210 3,737 95 8,984
Total Releases This Biennium3 Since September 1, 2019 4,326 122 4,141 8,368 31,269 100 48,326
Added This Biennium New Requests 6,910 430 10,763 3,742 31,176 10,493 63,514
Current Interest List Counts As of February 28, 2021 75,850 1,032 107,747 7,717 22,251 93,252 307,849
  1. HCS and TxHmL counts for Released/Removed and Total Releases are derived from CARE data source, and provided by Local Authority staff.
  2. Released/Removed counts include individuals already in the pipeline as of August 31, 2019, excluding MFP.
  3. An individual may be counted more than once in the Enrolled and Denied/Declined/Withdrawn categories, but only once in Total Releases. Therefore, Release/Removal counts may be higher than the total count of released individuals.
  4. These totals count unique individuals with close codes in this category, who also had a release date (except HCS and TxHmL, see note 1).

The total of Current Interest List Counts in the above table is a duplicated count. The unduplicated count across all six Interest Lists is: 168,772.

February 2021 Interest List Counts, by Years on List
Years on List CLASS DBMD HCS MDCP STAR+ TxHmL
Individuals Percent Individuals Percent Individuals Percent Individuals Percent Individuals Percent Individuals Percent
0–1 3,787 5.0% 265 25.7% 6,263 5.8% 1,956 25.3% 16,694 75.0% 6,206 6.7%
1–2 6,235 8.2% 270 26.2% 8,586 8.0% 3,516 45.6% 5,540 24.9% 8,658 9.3%
2–3 6,010 7.9% 181 17.5% 8,361 7.8% 2,239 29.0% 9 0.0% 8,458 9.1%
3–4 6,229 8.2% 135 13.1% 8,586 8.0% 3 0.0% - - 8,745 9.4%
4–5 5,879 7.8% 181 17.5% 8,881 8.2% 1 0.0% 8 0.0% 8,999 9.6%
5–6 5,290 7.0% - - 7,770 7.2% 1 0.0% - - 7,666 8.2%
6–7 4,637 6.1% - - 6,817 6.3% 1 0.0% - - 6,688 7.2%
7–8 4,796 6.3% - - 6,845 6.4% - - - - 6,954 7.5%
8–9 4,998 6.6% - - 7,910 7.3% 1 0.0% - - 7,922 8.5%
9–10 5,966 7.9% - - 7,797 7.2% - - - - 7,693 8.2%
10–11 6,868 9.1% - - 8,261 7.7% - - - - 7,970 8.5%
11–12 6,087 8.0% - - 7,633 7.1% - - - - 7,169 7.7%
12–13 5,452 7.2% - - 5,983 5.6% - - - - 123 0.1%
13–14 3,623 4.8% - - 5,176 4.8% - - - - 1 0.0%
14–15 - - - - 2,865 2.7% - - - - 1 0.0%
15–16 - - - - 13 0.0% - - - - 1 0.0%
Totals 75,857 100% 1,032 100% 107,747 100% 7,718 100% 22,251 100% 93,254 100%