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 2010-146 Service Authorizations
IL 2010-117 In-Home Record
IL 2010-115 Individuals with Qualified Income Trusts
IL 2010-120 Individual Plan of Care Service Initiation Date
IL 2010-121 Attendant Orientation
IL 2010-81 MN and LOC 2.0 and 3.0 Submission Timeframes and MN and LOC 3.0 Workshops
IL 2010-88 Hospice Managed Care
IL 2010-23 Individual Plan of Care Changes Due to Nursing Facility Reimbursement Rate Changes and Participant Transfers
IL 2010-15 Revision to Contract Monitoring Tools -- Standard II.3, Attendant Requirements
IL 2009-30 Implementation of the Regional and Local Services (RLS) Utilization Review (UR) Program