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.

October 2017

October 2017 Summary of Interest List Releases
Item CLASS DBMD HCS1 MDCP STAR+ TxHmL1 Totals
Previous Biennium Counts As of August 31, 2017 62,476 302 87,522 18,766 20,668 67,164 256,898
Released/Removed from Interest List 2 Enrolled 4 29 1 0 39 335 0 404
Denied/Declined/Withdrawn 4 39 1 0 342 1,704 0 2,086
Pipeline 150 128 0 904 12,588 0 13,770
Total Releases This Biennium3 Since September 1, 2017 218 130 0 1,299 14,689 0 16,336
Added This Biennium New Requests 1,149 24 1,294 372 4,383 1,281 8,503
Current Interest List Counts As of October 30, 2017 63,568 322 88,963 18,417 14,644 68,719 254,633
  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, 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: 137,059.

October 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 6,421 10.1% 138 42.9% 8,762 9.8% 2,330 12.7% 14,635 99.9% 8,767 12.8%
1–2 5,763 9.1% 184 57.1% 8,949 10.1% 3,669 19.9% 9 0.1% 9,000 13.1%
2–3 5,056 8.0% - - 7,725 8.7% 4,778 25.9% - - 7,296 10.6%
3–4 4,774 7.5% - - 6,980 7.8% 4,277 23.2% - - 7,027 10.2%
4–5 5,055 8.0% - - 7,339 8.2% 3,363 18.3% - - 7,390 10.8%
5–6 5,411 8.5% - - 8,107 9.1% - - - - 8,048 11.7%
6–7 6,367 10.0% - - 8,189 9.2% - - - - 7,973 11.6%
7–8 6,795 10.7% - - 8,461 9.5% - - - - 8,064 11.7%
8–9 5,943 9.3% - - 7,450 8.4% - - - - 5,144 7.5%
9–10 5,404 8.5% - - 5,964 6.7% - - - - 3 0.0%
10–11 4,558 7.2% - - 4,969 5.6% - - - - 4 0.0%
11–12 2,023 3.2% - - 3,960 4.5% - - - - 2 0.0%
12-13 - - - - 2,106 2.4% - - - - 3 0.0%
13-14 - - - - 1 0.0% - - - - - -
15-16 - - - - 1 0.0% - - - - - -
Totals 63,570 100% 322 100% 88,963 100% 18,417 100% 14,644 100% 68,721 100%