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 2017-2018

Note: To see past reports, please click here.

March 2018

March 2018 Summary of Interest List Releases
Item CLASS DBMD HCS1 MDCP STAR+ TxHmL1 Totals
Previous Biennium Counts As of August 31, 2017 62,476 302 87,521 18,766 20,668 67,164 256,897
Released/Removed from Interest List 2 Enrolled 4 47 7 0 168 762 0 984
Denied/Declined/Withdrawn 4 86 11 0 1,341 6,265 0 7,703
Pipeline 86 109 0 1,553 19,679 0 21,427
Total Releases This Biennium3 Since September 1, 2017 219 130 0 3,085 26,743 0 30,177
Added This Biennium New Requests 3,750 86 5,064 1,260 14,583 5,050 29,793
Current Interest List Counts As of March 31, 2018 66,008 383 92,324 17,593 12,584 72,277 261,169
  1. HCS and TxHmL counts for Released/Removed and Total Releases are derived from CARE data source.
  2. Released/Removed counts include individuals already in the pipeline as of August 31, 2017, 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: 139,399.

March 2018 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 6,421 9.7% 139 36.3% 8,610 9.3% 2,211 12.6% 12,576 99.9% 8,631 11.9%
1–2 6,017 9.1% 227 59.3% 9,214 10.0% 2,978 16.9% 8 0.1% 9,249 12.8%
2–3 5,532 8.4% 17 4.4% 8,344 9.0% 4,217 24.0% - - 8,243 11.4%
3–4 4,706 7.1% - - 7,050 7.6% 4,774 27.1% - - 6,805 9.4%
4–5 4,973 7.5% - - 7,051 7.6% 3,413 19.4% - - 7,101 9.8%
5–6 5,020 7.6% - - 7,993 8.7% - - - - 7,999 11.1%
6–7 5,872 8.9% - - 7,871 8.5% - - - - 7,733 10.7%
7–8 6,956 10.5% - - 8,452 9.2% - - - - 8,131 11.2%
8–9 6,327 9.6% - - 8,099 8.8% - - - - 7,583 10.5%
9–10 5,649 8.6% - - 6,410 6.9% - - - - 791 1.1%
10–11 4,891 7.4% - - 5,409 5.9% - - - - 4 0.0%
11–12 3,645 5.5% - - 4,314 4.7% - - - - 6 0.0%
12-13 - - - - 3,339 3.6% - - - - 1 0.0%
13-14 - - - - 169 0.2% - - - - 3 0.0%
Totals 66,009 100% 383 100% 92,325 100% 17,593 100% 12,584 100% 72,280 100%