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.

November 2019

November 2019 Summary of Interest List Releases
Item CLASS DBMD HCS1 MDCP STAR+ TxHmL1 Totals
Previous Biennium Counts As of August 31, 2019 74,013 673 102,933 10,082 7,327 83,711 278,739
Released/Removed from Interest List 2 Enrolled 4 0 0 39 6 14 0 59
Denied/Declined/Withdrawn 4 62 9 60 452 596 0 1,179
Pipeline 107 11 369 2,087 3,409 0 5,983
Total Releases This Biennium3 Since September 1, 2019 169 20 468 2,545 4,027 0 7,229
Added This Biennium New Requests 1,597 74 2,013 887 7,205 1,903 13,679
Current Interest List Counts As of November 30, 2019 75,299 721 104,472 8,351 10,570 85,861 285,274
  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: 154,056.

November 2019 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 6,273 8.3% 250 34.7% 8,501 8.1% 3,498 41.9% 10,558 99.9% 8,498 9.9%
1–2 6,057 8.0% 169 23.4% 8,613 8.2% 2,292 27.4% 2 0.0% 8,721 10.2%
2–3 6,349 8.4% 128 17.8% 8,780 8.4% 2,136 25.6% 1 0.0% 8,923 10.4%
3–4 5,716 7.6% 174 24.1% 8,845 8.5% 425 5.1% 9 0.1% 8,942 10.4%
4–5 5,095 6.8% - - 7,594 7.3% - - - - 7,251 8.4%
5–6 4,676 6.2% - - 6,745 6.5% - - - - 6,800 7.9%
6–7 4,871 6.5% - - 7,113 6.8% - - - - 7,201 8.4%
7–8 5,284 7.0% - - 8,001 7.7% - - - - 7,979 9.3%
8–9 6,205 8.2% - - 7,990 7.6% - - - - 7,835 9.1%
9–10 6,809 9.0% - - 8,366 8.0% - - - - 8,026 9.3%
10–11 5,925 7.9% - - 7,465 7.1% - - - - 5,650 6.6%
11–12 5,393 7.2% - - 5,851 5.6% - - - - 7 0.0%
12-13 4,593 6.1% - - 4,912 4.7% - - - - 12 0.0%
13-14 2,055 2.7% - - 3,922 3.8% - - - - 6 0.0%
14-15 - - - - 1,774 1.7% - - - - 11 0.0%
17-18 - - - - - - - - - - 1 0.0%
Totals 75,301 100% 721 100% 104,472 100% 8,351 100% 10,570 100% 85,863 100%