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) and 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 2012-02 Medicare Part D Co-payments for Individuals Enrolled in Medicare and Receiving 1915© Waiver Services
IL 2011-147 Electronic Document Submission Pilot
IL 2011-136 Cost Containment Initiative Update
IL 2011-115 Electronic Visit Verification Pilot Expansion
IL 2011-103 New Service Limits in the Medically Dependent Children Program (MDCP)
IL 2011-50 Required use of the Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) System in the Department of Aging and Disability Services EVV Pilot Counties
IL 2011-68 Reminder Regarding Protecting Confidential Information
IL 2011-56 Licensed Physicians Practicing at Military or Veterans Administration Facilities
IL 2011-13 Payment Rates Effective February 1, 2011
IL 2010-152 Electronic Visit Verification Pilot