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.

August 2021

August 2021 Summary of Interest List Releases
Item CLASS DBMD HCS1 MDCP STAR+ TxHmL1 Totals
Previous Biennium Counts As of August 31, 2019 74,011 673 102,930 10,082 7,327 83,710 278,733
Released/Removed from Interest List 2 Enrolled 4 695 12 2,307 1,360 3,818 40 8,232
Denied/Declined/Withdrawn 4 2,519 46 1,981 6,899 29,512 171 41,128
Pipeline 2,729 62 906 56 3,469 89 7,311
Total Releases This Biennium3 Since September 1, 2019 5,943 122 5,194 8,367 38,015 300 57,941
Added This Biennium New Requests 9,480 565 14,120 4,842 40,414 13,636 83,057
Current Interest List Counts As of August 31, 2021 76,578 1,157 109,274 8,705 24,069 95,758 315,541
  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: 172,735.

August 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 4,574 6.0% 262 22.6% 6,329 5.8% 2,035 23.4% 18,671 77.6% 6,230 6.5%
1–2 4,829 6.3% 286 24.7% 7,276 6.7% 2,695 31.0% 5,371 22.3% 7,318 7.6%
2–3 6,063 7.9% 212 18.3% 8,433 7.7% 3,129 35.9% 15 0.1% 8,533 8.9%
3–4 6,128 8.0% 152 13.1% 8,534 7.8% 841 9.7% 4 0.0% 8,664 9.0%
4–5 6,093 8.0% 147 12.7% 8,476 7.8% 2 0.0% - - 8,617 9.0%
5–6 5,661 7.4% 98 8.5% 8,360 7.7% 2 0.0% 8 0.0% 8,472 8.8%
6–7 4,732 6.2% - - 7,349 6.7% 1 0.0% - - 6,993 7.3%
7–8 4,672 6.1% - - 6,703 6.1% - - - - 6,824 7.1%
8–9 4,940 6.5% - - 7,269 6.7% 1 0.0% - - 7,345 7.7%
9–10 5,301 6.9% - - 7,955 7.3% - - - - 7,915 8.3%
10–11 6,569 8.6% - - 7,885 7.2% - - - - 7,708 8.0%
11–12 6,504 8.5% - - 8,072 7.4% - - - - 7,710 8.1%
12–13 5,730 7.5% - - 6,820 6.2% - - - - 3,431 3.6%
13–14 4,772 6.2% - - 5,462 5.0% - - - - - -
14–15 4 0.0% - - 4,335 4.0% - - - - - -
15–16 10 0.0% - - 12 0.0% - - - - - -
16–17 1 0.0% - - 4 0.0% - - - - - -
Totals 76,583 100% 1,157 100% 109,274 100% 8,706 100% 24,069 100% 95,760 100%