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 2018-2019

Note: To see past reports, please click here.

June 2019

June 2019 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 71 24 0 914 4,115 0 5,124
Denied/Declined/Withdrawn 4 147 16 0 8,670 39,437 0 48,270
Pipeline 0 86 0 3,388 14,456 0 17,930
Total Releases This Biennium3 Since September 1, 2017 219 129 0 12,998 56,234 0 69,580
Added This Biennium New Requests 11,417 353 16,236 5,009 45,925 16,124 95,064
Current Interest List Counts As of June 30, 2019 73,039 636 101,501 10,747 12,005 82,314 280,242
  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, 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: 151,295.

June 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 5,998 8.2% 213 33.5% 8,500 8.4% 3,120 29.0% 11,996 99.9% 8,513 10.3%
1–2 6,399 8.8% 155 24.4% 8,778 8.6% 2,111 19.6% - - 8,888 10.8%
2–3 6,019 8.2% 159 25.0% 8,669 8.5% 2,370 22.1% 3 0.0% 8,806 10.7%
3–4 5,696 7.8% 109 17.1% 8,499 8.4% 3,145 29.3% 6 0.0% 8,521 10.4%
4–5 4,703 6.4% - - 7,173 7.1% 1 0.0% - - 6,847 8.3%
5–6 4,803 6.6% - - 6,806 6.7% - - - - 6,921 8.4%
6–7 5,010 6.9% - - 7,649 7.5% - - - - 7,688 9.3%
7–8 5,516 7.6% - - 7,850 7.7% - - - - 7,781 9.5%
8–9 6,795 9.3% - - 8,136 8.0% - - - - 7,889 9.6%
9–10 6,379 8.7% - - 8,254 8.1% - - - - 7,829 9.5%
10–11 5,733 7.8% - - 6,661 6.6% - - - - 2,612 3.2%
11–12 5,139 7.0% - - 5,572 5.5% - - - - 5 0.0%
12-13 4,126 5.6% - - 4,502 4.4% - - - - 7 0.0%
13-14 723 1.0% - - 3,510 3.5% - - - - 3 0.0%
14-15 1 0.0% - - 942 0.9% - - - - 6 0.0%
16-17 1 0.0% - - - - - - - - - -
Totals 73,041 100% 636 100% 101,501 100% 10,747 100% 12,005 100% 82,316 100%