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.

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March 2017

March 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 4 978 115 1,763 1,074 5,201 826 9,957
Denied/Declined/Withdrawn 4 2,210 230 607 6,027 33,673 1,180 43,927
Pipeline 426 150 46 859 10,785 2 12,268
Total Releases This Biennium3 Since September 1, 2015 3,617 493 2,500 7,973 47,678 2,008 64,269
Added This Biennium New Requests 9,523 327 13,810 5,718 44,308 13,576 87,262
Current Interest List Counts As of March 31, 2017 60,008 250 84,054 19,370 14,641 63,542 241,865
  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 five Interest Lists is: 130,554.

March 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 6,046 10.1% 233 93.2% 8,541 10.2% 3,071 15.9% 14,633 99.9% 8,502 13.4%
1–2 5,564 9.3% 17 6.8% 8,429 10.0% 4,360 22.5% 1 0.0% 8,330 13.1%
2–3 4,736 7.9% - - 7,140 8.5% 4,947 25.5% 2 0.0% 6,895 10.9%
3–4 5,013 8.4% - - 7,133 8.5% 4,215 21.8% 5 0.0% 7,181 11.3%
4–5 5,114 8.5% - - 8,092 9.6% 2,777 14.3% - - 8,095 12.7%
5–6 5,905 9.8% - - 7,976 9.5% - - - - 7,834 12.3%
6–7 6,987 11.6% - - 8,558 10.2% - - - - 8,235 13.0%
7–8 6,360 10.6% - - 8,198 9.8% - - - - 7,658 12.1%
8–9 5,684 9.5% - - 6,525 7.8% - - - - 806 1.3%
9–10 4,919 8.2% - - 5,481 6.5% - - - - 2 0.0%
10–11 3,682 6.1% - - 4,399 5.2% - - - - 5 0.0%
11–12 - - - - 3394 4.0% - - - - - -
12-13 - - - - 188 0.2% - - - - 1 0.0%
Totals 60,010 100% 250 100% 84,054 100% 19,370 100% 14,641 100% 63,544 100%