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.

April 2021

April 2021 Summary of Interest List Releases
Item CLASS DBMD HCS1 MDCP STAR+ TxHmL1 Totals
Previous Biennium Counts As of August 31, 2019 74,012 673 102,932 10,082 7,327 83,710 278,736
Released/Removed from Interest List 2 Enrolled 4 311 9 1,487 1,355 3,333 4 6,499
Denied/Declined/Withdrawn 4 1,514 35 1,411 6,789 23,759 62 33,570
Pipeline 3,568 76 2,296 172 7,929 234 14,275
Total Releases This Biennium3 Since September 1, 2019 5,393 122 5,192 8,368 35,852 300 55,227
Added This Biennium New Requests 7,762 478 11,913 4,099 34,162 11,572 69,986
Current Interest List Counts As of April 30, 2021 75,539 1,076 107,583 8,044 19,669 94,005 305,916
  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: 166,087.

April 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 4,027 5.3% 275 25.6% 6,264 5.8% 1,936 24.1% 16,611 84.5% 6,206 6.6%
1–2 5,715 7.6% 275 25.6% 8,143 7.6% 3,307 41.1% 3,031 15.4% 8,184 8.7%
2–3 5,924 7.8% 183 17.0% 8,412 7.8% 2,650 32.9% 18 0.1% 8,517 9.1%
3–4 6,388 8.5% 139 12.9% 8,495 7.9% 148 1.8% 1 0.0% 8,648 9.2%
4–5 5,824 7.7% 186 17.3% 8,662 8.1% - - 4 0.0% 8,790 9.4%
5–6 5,450 7.2% 18 1.7% 8,046 7.5% 2 0.0% 4 0.0% 8,044 8.6%
6–7 4,656 6.2% - - 7,013 6.5% 1 0.0% - - 6,774 7.2%
7–8 4,766 6.3% - - 6,753 6.3% - - - - 6,879 7.3%
8–9 5,004 6.6% - - 7,832 7.3% 1 0.0% - - 7,876 8.4%
9–10 5,679 7.5% - - 7,693 7.2% - - - - 7,604 8.1%
10–11 6,824 9.0% - - 8,127 7.6% - - - - 7,887 8.4%
11–12 6,192 8.2% - - 7,886 7.3% - - - - 7,458 7.9%
12–13 5,618 7.4% - - 6,227 5.8% - - - - 1,140 1.2%
13–14 3,479 4.6% - - 5,336 5.0% - - - - - -
14–15 - - - - 2,680 2.5% - - - - - -
15–16 - - - - 12 0.0% - - - - - -
16-17 - - - - 2 0.0% - - - - - -
Totals 75,546 100% 1,076 100% 107,583 100% 8,045 100% 19,669 100% 94,007 100%