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.

May 2018

May 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 60 10 0 251 1,341 0 1,662
Denied/Declined/Withdrawn 4 129 12 0 2,301 10,826 0 13,268
Pipeline 30 105 0 1,579 18,861 0 20,575
Total Releases This Biennium3 Since September 1, 2017 219 130 0 4,154 30,902 0 35,405
Added This Biennium New Requests 4,955 120 6,510 1,690 18,867 6,480 38,622
Current Interest List Counts As of May 31, 2018 67,038 416 93,284 16,840 12,440 73,388 263,406
  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: 140,769.

May 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 6,511 9.7% 153 36.8% 8,479 9.1% 2,226 13.2% 12,431 99.9% 8,493 11.6%
1–2 6,066 9.0% 170 40.9% 8,973 9.6% 2,637 15.7% 3 0.0% 9,021 12.3%
2–3 5,588 8.3% 93 22.4% 8,577 9.2% 3,986 23.7% 6 0.0% 8,554 11.7%
3–4 4,809 7.2% - - 7,087 7.6% 4,914 29.2% - - 6,762 9.2%
4–5 4,810 7.2% - - 6,900 7.4% 3,077 18.3% - - 6,974 9.5%
5–6 5,061 7.5% - - 7,888 8.5% - - - - 7,903 10.8%
6–7 5,671 8.5% - - 7,913 8.5% - - - - 7,811 10.6%
7–8 6,879 10.3% - - 8,362 9.0% - - - - 8,083 11.0%
8–9 6,374 9.5% - - 8,220 8.8% - - - - 7,749 10.6%
9–10 5,725 8.5% - - 6,586 7.1% - - - - 2,026 2.8%
10–11 5,090 7.6% - - 5,550 5.9% - - - - 4 0.0%
11–12 4,018 6.0% - - 4,529 4.9% - - - - 5 0.0%
12-13 437 0.7% - - 3,530 3.8% - - - - 2 0.0%
13-14 - - - - 690 0.7% - - - - 3 0.0%
Totals 67,039 100% 416 100% 93,284 100% 16,840 100% 12,440 100% 73,390 100%