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 2016-2017

Note: To see past reports, please click here.

February 2016

February 2016 Summary of Interest List Releases
Item CLASS DBMD HCS1 MDCP TxHmL1 Totals
Previous Biennium Counts As of August 31, 2015 54,083 221 73,011 20,540 50,683 198,538
Released/Removed from Interest List 2 Enrolled 4 99 15 1,235 371 601 2,321
Denied/Declined/Withdrawn 4 925 98 514 2,936 1,043 5,516
Pipeline 924 246 210 2,033 262 3,675
Total Releases This Biennium3 Since September 1, 2015 1,950 362 1,959 5,350 1,906 11,527
Added This Biennium New Requests 2,884 108 3,824 2,122 3,745 12,683
Current Interest List Counts As of February 29, 2016 55,603 172 76,467 17,923 54,382 204,547
  1. HCS and TxHmL 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, 2015, 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 and TxHmL, see note 1).

The total of Current Interest List Counts in the above table is a duplicated count. The unduplicated count across all five Interest Lists is: 106,604.

February 2016 Interest List Counts, by Years on List
Years on List CLASS DBMD HCS MDCP TxHmL
Individuals Percent Individuals Percent Individuals Percent Individuals Percent Individuals Percent
0-1 5,512 9.9% 172 100.0% 8,028 10.5% 4,478 25.0% 7,763 14.3%
1-2 4,802 8.6% - - 7,164 9.4% 5,005 27.9% 6,930 12.7%
2-3 5,012 9.0% - - 7,291 9.5% 4,362 24.3% 7,295 13.4%
3-4 5,252 9.4% - - 8,344 10.9% 4,078 22.8% 8,257 15.2%
4-5 6,127 11.0% - - 8,199 10.7% - - 7,999 14.7%
5-6 7,056 12.7% - - 8,795 11.5% - - 8,374 15.4%
6-7 6,287 11.3% - - 8,136 10.6% - - 7,527 13.8%
7-8 5,637 10.1% - - 6,534 8.5% - - 217 0.4%
8-9 4,936 8.9% - - 5,583 7.3% - - 11 0.0%
9-10 3,639 6.5% - - 4,353 5.7% - - 3 0.0%
10-11 1,343 2.4% - - 3,398 4.4% - - 2 0.0%
11-12 - - - - 635 0.8% - - 4 0.0%
12-13 - - - - 5 0.0% - - - -
13-14 - - - - 2 0.0% - - - -
Totals 55,603 100% 172 100% 76,467 100% 17,923 100% 54,382 100%

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Updated: March 30, 2016