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 2016-2017

Note: To see past reports, please click here.

April 2017

April 2017 Summary of Interest List Releases
Item CLASS DBMD HCS1 MDCP STAR+ TxHmL1 Totals
Previous Biennium Counts As of August 31, 2015 54,083 221 73,002 20,540 15,712 50,679 214,237
Released/Removed from Interest List 2 Enrolled 4 1,023 121 1,783 1,084 5,435 826 10,272
Denied/Declined/Withdrawn 4 2,214 231 869 6,123 37,005 1,180 47,622
Pipeline 377 143 22 1,011 9,496 2 11,051
Total Releases This Biennium3 Since September 1, 2015 3,617 493 2,674 8,231 50,141 2,008 67,164
Added This Biennium New Requests 10,024 338 14,550 5,909 46,472 14,314 91,607
Current Interest List Counts As of April 31, 2017 60,470 260 84,668 19,242 14,187 64,235 243,062
  1. HCS and TxHmL counts for Released/Removed and Total Releases are derived from CARE data source, not CSIL, and provided by Local Authority staff.
  2. Released/Removed counts include individuals already in the pipeline as of August 31, 2015, 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. Totals 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: 130,944.

April 2017 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 5,975 9.9% 198 76.2% 8,467 10.0% 2,865 14.9% 14,171 99.9% 8,443 13.1%
1–2 5,624 9.3% 62 23.8% 8,402 9.9% 4,210 21.9% 6 0.0% 8,342 13.0%
2–3 4,791 7.9% - - 7,248 8.6% 5,067 26.3% 1 0.0% 6,963 10.8%
3–4 4,932 8.2% - - 7,060 8.3% 4,164 21.6% 7 0.0% 7,122 11.1%
4–5 5,194 8.6% - - 8,100 9.6% 2,936 15.3% 2 0.0% 8,114 12.6%
5–6 5,775 9.5% - - 7,971 9.4% - - - - 7,851 12.2%
6–7 6,963 11.5% - - 8,487 10.0% - - - - 8,185 12.7%
7–8 6,347 10.5% - - 8,267 9.8% - - - - 7,751 12.1%
8–9 5,754 9.5% - - 6,611 7.8% - - - - 1,458 2.3%
9–10 5,042 8.3% - - 5,634 6.7% - - - - 2 0.0%
10–11 3,915 6.5% - - 4,552 5.4% - - - - 4 0.0%
11–12 160 0.3% - - 3,429 4.0% - - - - 1 0.0%
12-13 - - - - 440 0.5% - - - - 1 0.0%
Totals 60,472 100% 260 100% 84,668 100% 19,242 100% 14,187 100% 64,237 100%