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.

June 2017

June 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 1,105 124 1,801 1,109 6,458 829 11,426
Denied/Declined/Withdrawn 4 2,223 237 872 6,585 41,635 1,180 52,732
Pipeline 289 134 5 1,047 7,109 0 8,584
Total Releases This Biennium3 Since September 1, 2015 3,619 493 2,678 8,754 53,621 2,009 71,174
Added This Biennium New Requests 11,155 353 16,640 6,318 51,327 16,392 102,185
Current Interest List Counts As of June 30, 2017 61,499 276 86,453 19,026 15,633 66,159 249,046
  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: 134,609.

June 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 6,078 9.9% 163 59.1% 8,725 10.1% 2,529 13.3% 15,606 99.8% 8,733 13.2%
1–2 5,779 9.4% 113 40.9% 8,808 10.2% 4,166 21.9% 7 0.0% 8,797 13.3%
2–3 4,783 7.8% - - 7,360 8.5% 5,006 26.3% 6 0.0% 7,005 10.6%
3–4 4,892 8.0% - - 7,016 8.1% 4,154 21.8% 7 0.0% 7,096 10.7%
4–5 5,152 8.4% - - 7,841 9.1% 3,171 16.7% 7 0.0% 7,874 11.9%
5–6 5,562 9.0% - - 8,047 9.3% - - - - 7,959 12.0%
6–7 6,857 11.1% - - 8,329 9.6% - - - - 8,053 12.2%
7–8 6,447 10.5% - - 8,438 9.8% - - - - 7,973 12.1%
8–9 5,801 9.4% - - 6,828 7.9% - - - - 2,662 4.0%
9–10 5,218 8.5% - - 5,741 6.6% - - - - 3 0.0%
10–11 4,191 6.8% - - 4,661 5.4% - - - - 3 0.0%
11–12 741 1.2% - - 3,638 4.2% - - - - 2 0.0%
12-13 - - - - 1,021 1.2% - - - - 1 0.0%
Totals 61,501 100% 276 100% 86,453 100% 19,026 100% 15,633 100% 66,161 100%