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.

February 2015

February 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 4 464 67 1,454 710 2,695
Denied/Declined/Withdrawn 4 734 214 825 5,591 7,364
Pipeline 575 350 1,803 6,078 8,806
Total Releases This Biennium3 Since September 1, 2013 1,773 621 4,082 12,363 18,839
Added This Biennium New Requests 7,328 239 10,750 7,070 25,387
Current Interest List Counts As of February 28, 2015 53,139 199 72,363 20,445 146,146
  1. HCS counts are based on the presence of a release date, assigned date or a closure date in the reporting period.
  2. Released/Removed counts include individuals already in the pipeline as of August 31, 2013
  3. Totals unique individuals, who may be counted in more than one release/removal category.
  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: 100,920.

February 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 4,869 9.2% 153 76.9% 7,036 9.7% 4,788 23.4%
1–2 5,071 9.5% 44 22.1% 7,420 10.3% 4,489 22.0%
2–3 5,290 10.0% - - 8,489 11.7% 4,552 22.3%
3–4 6,284 11.8% - - 8,341 11.5% 5,075 24.8%
4–5 7,193 13.5% - - 8,944 12.4% 1,540 7.5%
5–6 6,400 12.0% 2 1.0% 8,269 11.4% - -
6–7 5,791 10.9% - - 6,685 9.2% 1 0.0%
7–8 5,111 9.6% - - 5,720 7.9% - -
8–9 3,780 7.1% - - 4,452 6.2% - -
9–10 2,373 4.5% - - 3,463 4.8% - -
10–11 980 1.8% - - 3,061 4.2% - -
11–12 - - - - 481 0.7% - -
12–13 - - - - 2 0.0% - -
Totals 53,142 100% 199 100% 72,363 100% 20,445 100%

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Updated: April 7, 2015