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 2020-2021

Note: To see past reports, please click here.

May 2021

May 2021 Summary of Interest List Releases
Item CLASS DBMD HCS1 MDCP STAR+ TxHmL1 Totals
Previous Biennium Counts As of August 31, 2019 74,012 673 102,931 10,082 7,327 83,710 278,735
Released/Removed from Interest List 2 Enrolled 4 414 9 1,639 1,359 3,394 10 6,825
Denied/Declined/Withdrawn 4 1,591 35 1,553 6,886 24,872 103 35,040
Pipeline 3,943 76 1,995 70 9,303 187 15,574
Total Releases This Biennium3 Since September 1, 2019 5,948 122 5,192 8,367 38,028 300 57,957
Added This Biennium New Requests 8,270 500 12,425 4,313 35,463 12,050 73,021
Current Interest List Counts As of May 31, 2021 75,464 1,098 108,021 8,243 18,301 94,450 305,577
  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, 2019, 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: 165,140.

May 2021 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 4,248 5.6% 277 25.2% 6,292 5.8% 2,000 24.3% 16,841 92.0% 6,231 6.6%
1–2 5,455 7.2% 276 25.1% 7,732 7.2% 3,121 37.9% 1,440 7.9% 7,767 8.2%
2–3 5,908 7.8% 184 16.8% 8,517 7.9% 2,784 33.8% 11 0.1% 8,628 9.1%
3–4 6,339 8.4% 148 13.5% 8,451 7.8% 335 4.1% 1 0.0% 8,589 9.1%
4–5 5,946 7.9% 161 14.7% 8,589 8.0% - - 3 0.0% 8,738 9.3%
5–6 5,470 7.2% 52 4.7% 8,300 7.7% 2 0.0% 5 0.0% 8,328 8.8%
6–7 4,708 6.2% - - 6,982 6.5% 1 0.0% - - 6,699 7.1%
7–8 4,693 6.2% - - 6,705 6.2% - - - - 6,846 7.2%
8–9 4,967 6.6% - - 7,723 7.1% 1 0.0% - - 7,773 8.2%
9–10 5,616 7.4% - - 7,767 7.2% - - - - 7,682 8.1%
10–11 6,788 9.0% - - 8,145 7.5% - - - - 7,907 8.4%
11–12 6,263 8.3% - - 7,959 7.4% - - - - 7,553 8.0%
12–13 5,620 7.4% - - 6,323 5.9% - - - - 1,711 1.8%
13–14 3,448 4.6% - - 5,342 4.9% - - - - - -
14–15 1 0.0% - - 3,180 2.9% - - - - - -
15–16 1 0.0% - - 11 0.0% - - - - - -
16-17 - - - - 3 0.0% - - - - - -
Totals 75,471 100% 1,098 100% 108,021 100% 8,244 100% 18,301 100% 94,452 100%