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 2012-83 Changes to the Medicaid Eligibility Service Authorization Verification (MESAV) Effective November 2, 2012
IL 2012-80 Required use of the Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) System in Regions 3 and 7 Where Participation is Mandatory Effective August 16, 2012
IL 2012-58 Changes to Contract and Fiscal Compliance Monitoring Review Periods and Tool
IL 2012-35 The STAR Program in the Medicaid Rural Service Area Involving Individuals Enrolled in 1915© Waiver Programs
IL 2012-18 Medical Necessity and Level of Care 3.0 Assessment New Version

Note: Revised, new effective Date of May 1, 2012

IL 2012-08 Managing the Most Frequent Rejected and Denied Provider Claims
IL 2012-33 Required use of the Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) System in Regions 2 and 4 where participation was mandatory effective February 1, 2012.
IL 2012-21 New EDI 5010 Diagnosis Code Requirement -- affects Claim Submission and Payment
IL 2012-15 Changes to In-Home Record Documentation Requirements for Consumer Directed Services Employers Using the Electronic Visit Verification System in the Pilot Regions
IL 2012-26 Expansion of STAR in the Medicaid Rural Service Areas