Medically Dependent Children Program (MDCP)

What is MDCP?

The program provides services to support families caring for children and young adults age 20 and younger who are medically dependent and to encourage de-institutionalization of children and young adults who reside in nursing facilities. MDCP provides respite, flexible family support services, minor home modifications, adaptive aids, transition assistance services, employment assistance, supported employment and financial management services through a STAR Kids or STAR Health managed care organization.

Provider Communications

Click here for news, information letters (ILs) & provider letters (PLs).

Contact Program Staff

701 West 51st St.
Mail Code W-579
Austin, Texas 78751-2312

For questions about:

  • Provider or program policy, email
  • Resource Utilization Group (RUG) assessment form, call 512-438-5837
  • Medical necessity determinations and other RUG questions, call the TMHP Help Desk at 800-626-4117 or 800-727-5436
  • MDCP Interest list, call 877-438-5658
  • Texas Health Steps - Comprehensive Care Program, call 877-847-8377
  • Medicaid and Complaints, call the Office of Ombudsman at 866-566-8989
  • MDCP/DBMD Escalation Helpline, call 844-999-9543


Statutes & Rules



Other rules and statutes links


Information & Provider Letters

Case-sensitive. Use commas to separate multiple entries.
Note: These files are in PDF format unless otherwise noted.
Number Title/Notes Date Published
IL 2014-35 Electronic Visit Verification Liquidated Damages
IL 2014-34 Children and Young Adults Who Receiving Services in the Medically Dependent Children Program in the Medicaid Rural Service Areas will be Transferred Back to Fee-For-Service (REVISED)
IL 2014-22 Preparing for the Upcoming Fiscal Year 2014 Claims Billing Closeout
IL 2013-69 Respite Rates for 1915(c) Medicaid Waiver Providers - Room and Board Charges
IL 2013-50 (Revised) Required Base Wages of Personal Attendants Effective September 1, 2013, and September 1, 2014
IL 2013-29 Preparing for the Upcoming Fiscal Year 2013 Claims Billing Closeout
IL 2013-25 Contract and Fiscal Compliance Monitoring – Implementation of Intermittent Monitoring - Effective Date June 1, 2013
IL 2013-19 Contract Re-Enrollment and Required Use of the Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) System in Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) EVV Counties
IL 2012-89 Required use of the Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) System in Regions 5 and 6 Where Participation is Mandatory Effective November 15, 2012
IL 2012-86 Handling of Sensitive Personal Information and Breach Notification