Who can I call to start getting DADS services?
Interpreting services can be arranged for people who are hearing impaired or who do not speak English as a first language. If you need an interpreter to understand your rights or services, you may contact 2-1-1 Finding Help In Texas by dialing 211, your service provider, or the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services Consumer Rights and Services at 1-800-458-9858.
Please enter your city, county or ZIP code in the box below to get a phone number to call to ask about getting DADS services.
Who do I call if I need other information?
- Click here for other DADS phone numbers.
- Call 211 (or visit their website) for information about other local, state or federal services.
How do I find someone to provide services?
Click on the links below to search for and compare companies that provide these services:
- Adult day care
- Assisted living facilities
- Home health care
- Home- and community-based programs
- Free-standing nursing homes
- Hospital-based nursing homes
- Residential care for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities
How do I qualify for help?
You must complete the application process, sometimes called intake, before we can tell you how we can help. This process is not the same for all programs.
You may be asked questions about your:
- Need for help
Not all services may be available right away. Your name may be placed on an interest list. If that happens, you will be contacted when services are available. Click here to learn more about interest lists.
What if I don't qualify for help?
If you don't qualify to receive DADS services, there are still some resources available to you on the DADS website.
- The 28 area agencies on aging (AAAs) help Texans age 60 and older. Call them at 1-800-252-9240 to ask how they can help you.
- The DADS Long-term Care Quality Reporting System lets you find and compare long-term services and supports providers. These include nursing facilities, home health agencies, adult day care and others.
- Aging Texas Well helps individuals and communities prepare for aging in all aspects of life.
- The Texercise fitness campaign helps educate and involve older Texans and their families in physical activities and proper nutrition.
Where does DADS provide help?
With the services and supports offered by DADS, many people are able to remain in their own homes or communities.
However, if you need more assistance than can be provided in your home, DADS also can help you locate a facility, such as a nursing home, assisted living facility, state supported living center or intermediate care facility for individuals with an intellectual disability or related conditions. The size of these facilities varies from home-like settings to large facilities.
What if I need help applying for benefits?
If you want to find out which state benefits you might qualify for, click here. The Your Texas Benefits website helps determine your possible eligibility for:
- SNAP food benefits
- Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
- Children's Health Insurance Program
- Nursing home care
- Other benefits for people who are elderly or who have a disability
People who are age 60+ and get Medicare
Call 1-800-252-9240 for help with applying for state or federal benefits. Ask to talk to a benefits counselor. Your local AAA can help you understand your benefits and answer insurance questions.
People of any age with low income
Call your local DADS intake office for help with benefits. Click here to find your local DADS office.
Updated: August 9, 2013