Interest List Reduction

Because the demand for Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services community-based services and supports often outweighs available resources, applicant's names may be placed on an interest list until services are available. However, some needs may be met through other programs until an applicant's name comes to the top of the list.

Applicants are placed on interest lists on a first-come, first-served basis. When a person's name comes to the top of the list, he or she will be contacted by a caseworker. When the caseworker determines that someone is eligible, that person will need to choose a provider to deliver services, if he or she has not already done so.

DADS received significant funding from the 80th Texas Legislature (2007) to serve additional persons from the Medicaid waiver and non-Medicaid community services interest lists. House Bill 1 provides $71.5 million in general revenue funds to address the interest lists at DADS.

Interest lists for community-based programs are managed either locally or statewide, depending on the program. The programs are:

  • Community Based Alternatives (CBA)
  • Community Living Assistance and Support Services (CLASS)
  • Deaf Blind with Multiple Disabilities (DBMD)
  • Home and Community-based Services (HCS)
  • Medically Dependent Children's Program (MDCP)

Allocations are based on available funding. People who have been on the interest lists the longest are enrolled first. Enrollment is done by

  • DADS regional employees
  • Local authorities
  • CLASS providers
  • DBMD

For information about how to apply for DADS services, visit the Help for Texans website.

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Interest List Reduction Report Summary Fiscal Years 2014-2015

Note: To see past reports, please click here.

March 2015

March 2015 Summary of Interest List Releases
Item CLASS DBMD HCS 1 MDCP Totals
Previous Biennium Counts As of August 31, 2013 48,182 545 67,050 27,037 142,814
Released/Removed from Interest List 2 Enrolled 4 499 76 1,714 877 3,166
Denied/Declined/Withdrawn 4 804 279 949 7,146 9,178
Pipeline 469 277 1,842 4,389 6,977
Total Releases This Biennium3 Since September 1, 2013 1,772 622 4,505 12,386 19,285
Added This Biennium New Requests 7,750 251 11,506 7,789 27,296
Current Interest List Counts As of March 31, 2015 53,281 209 72,566 21,052 147,108
  1. HCS counts for Released/Removed and Total Releases are derived from CARE data source, not CSIL, and provided by Local Authority staff.
  2. Released/Removed counts include individuals already in the pipeline as of August 31, 2013, excluding MFP.
  3. An individual may be counted more than once in the Enrolled and Denied/Declined/Withdrawn categories, but only once in Total Releases. Therefore, Release/Removal counts may be higher than the total count of released individuals.
  4. Totals unique individuals with close codes in this category, who also had a release date (except HCS, see note 1).

The total of Current Interest List Counts in the above table is a duplicated count. The unduplicated count across all four Interest Lists is: 101,090.

March 2015 Interest List Counts, by Years on List
Years on List CLASS DBMD HCS MDCP
Individuals Percent Individuals Percent Individuals Percent Individuals Percent
0–1 4,804 9.0% 156 74.6% 7,131 9.8% 5,047 24.0%
1–2 5,089 9.6% 53 25.4% 7,388 10.2% 4,520 21.5%
2–3 5,231 9.8% - - 8,407 11.6% 4,511 21.4%
3–4 6,096 11.4% - - 8,240 11.4% 5,002 23.8%
4–5 7,141 13.4% - - 8,866 12.2% 1,971 9.4%
5–6 6,484 12.2% - - 8,467 11.7% 1 0.0%
6–7 5,857 11.0% - - 6,826 9.4% - -
7–8 5,104 9.6% - - 5,723 7.9% - -
8–9 3,911 7.3% - - 4,595 6.3% - -
9–10 2,395 4.5% - - 3,542 4.9% - -
10–11 1,171 2.2% - - 3,025 4.2% - -
11–12 - - - - 354 0.5% - -
12–13 - - - - 1 0.0% - -
13-14 - -     1 0.0%    
Totals 53,283 100% 209 100% 72,566 100% 21,052 100%

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Updated: May 1, 2015