Moving out of an institution
Do you live in a nursing home, state supported living center or a large community intermediate care facility for individuals with an intellectual disability or related conditions (ICF/IID)? Would you like to get services in your community? Do you have a child living in a nursing home or living center?
About moving out of an institution
You may be able to move out of where you now live and back into the community without having to wait on an interest list.
Who do I call to start the process of moving out?
If you live in a nursing home
If you live in a nursing home, moving back to the community is done through Money Follows the Person. You may get help paying for the things you need to get started:
- Security deposits
- Household items
- Pest removal
- Allergen control
- One-time cleaning
If you want to return to the community, you can talk to a nursing home social worker or a long-term care ombudsman. You can also call DADS Consumer Rights and Services at 1-800-458-9858.
If you live in a state supported living center
If you live in a state supported living center, you can contact your qualified developmental disability professional. He or she will schedule a meeting with the right people.
If you live in a large community ICF/IID
If you live in an ICF/IID, you can contact your caseworker. He or she will schedule a meeting with the right people.
Children with disabilities
It is best for children to live with a family rather than in a nursing home or state supported living center. DADS can help bring the child home. If they can't live in their own home, DADS can help them find a safe, caring family to live with. Your child must be under age 22 to qualify for this help.
The child and parents or guardians help decide what they want. A plan is made for the child. It is looked at every six months.
Where to call to receive DADS services and supports
To learn more
Fact sheets about DADS programs that are related to moving out of a nursing home or a state supported living center:
- Community Based Alternatives (CBA)
- Community Living Assistance and Support Services (CLASS)
- Deaf Blind with Multiple Disabilities (DBMD)
- Medically Dependent Children Program (MDCP)
- Home and Community-based Services (HCS)
- Texas Home Living (TxHmL)
- 211 Texas can provide information about local, state or federal services.
- Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs) — The ADRCs provide information about and help with state and federal benefits. They can also help you learn about local programs and services. Anyone — individuals, family members, friends or professionals — can receive information tailored to their needs.
- Consumer Directed Services — If you want more control over who works for you in your own home, you can choose either Consumer Directed Services (CDS) or the Service Responsibility Option (SRO). You can only use CDS or SRO in some DADS programs.
- Long-term Care Quality Reporting System lets you find and compare long-term services and supports providers, including those who provide services in the community.
- Medicaid Estate Recovery Program — The state may file a claim against the estate of a deceased Medicaid recipient, age 55 and older, who applied for certain long-term care services on or after March 1, 2005. Claims include the cost of services, hospital care and prescription drugs supported by Medicaid under certain programs.
- Money Follows the Person helps people who are living in a nursing home return to the community without being placed on an interest list.
- Permanency Planning for Children helps people under age 22 find permanent living arrangements with a family.
- Promoting Independence is an initiative that supports allowing people with disabilities to live in the most appropriate care setting available.
- Yourtexasbenefits.com — This website offers you easy and secure online access to Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) benefits including Medicaid, SNAP food benefits, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and nursing home care and other services for people who are elderly or have disabilities.
Updated: November 20, 2012