State Support Programs + Agencies

Search “Texas Long-term Services and Supports Waiver Programs” to find an organized summary of State waiver assistance programs. Two good sites are:

  • https://hhs.texas.gov/hhs-services/http://medicaidwaiver.org/state/texas.htmlThere are several waiting lists you should get on now for services that will make a big difference later:

CLASS (Community Living & Support Services) (877) 438-5658

MDCP (Medically Dependent Children’s Program)(877) 438-5658

HCS (Home & Community Services)(512) 483-5800

TxHmL (Texas Home Living Program)(512) 438-3011

(YES) Waiver (Youth Empowerment Services)(512) 804-3191

Specialized Telecommunications Assistance Program (STAP)(512) 900-5445

Children with Special Health Care Needs (CCSHCN) Services Program(800) 252-8023

These programs provide funding based on the income of the individual with disabilities (not the family), for therapies, assisted/supported living, home and vehicle modifications, nursing, adaptive aids and more. Waiting lists are years long; so sign up now!

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Is my child eligible? https://www.ssa.gov/ssi/text-eligibilty-ussi.htm

The Office of Acquired Brain Injury (OABI) is Texas’ premier resource for providing education, awareness, prevention and service referral and coordination in regards to brain injury.

2-1-1 Texas is an online database for services and resources in your area.

Health and Human Services Division (HHSC) The mission of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) is to enhance and protect the health and well-being of all Americans. We fulfill that mission by providing for effective health and human services and fostering advances in medicine, public health, and social services.

Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) Many programs and services previously administered or delivered by the former Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) have been transferred by the Texas Legislature to the Texas Workforce Commission or the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.

Comprehensive Rehabilitation Services (CRS) program assists eligible people who have a traumatic brain injury (TBI), traumatic spinal cord injury (TSCI), or both, function independently in their home and community. Services can be related to communication, mobility and self-care.

Texas Home Living Program (TxHmL) services are intended to supplement rather than replace the services and supports you may receive from other programs.

Amy Young Barrier Removal Program by Texas Department of Housing provides one time grants of up to $20,000 for Persons with Disabilities who need modifications to increase accessibility and eliminate hazardous conditions in their home. There are financial criteria that must be met.

Nonprofit Organizations

Hope4Minds fosters hope and enriches the lives of children with an acquired brain injury through support and education.

Ragan’s Hope helps parents of children with catastrophic injuries by providing financial, emotional and spiritual support, in the name of Christ.

The Arc of Texas promotes, protects and advocates for the human rights and self-determination of Texans with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Texas Brain Injury Alliance is a statewide non-profit organization wholly committed to helping brain injury survivors prevail.

Texas Parent to Parent is committed to improving the lives of Texas children who have disabilities, chronic illness, and/or special health care needs. Provides links to numerous resources.

UnitedHealthCare Children’s Foundation – Family Grants -UHCCF grants provide financial help/assistance for families with children that have medical needs not covered or not fully covered by their commercial health insurance plan. The Foundation aims to fill the gap between what medical services/items a child needs and what their commercial health benefit plan will pay for.

Any Baby Can is an Austin, Texas based nonprofit organization. They believe all children deserve the chance to be healthy and happy. They strengthen parents and their children through in-home therapies, resource navigation, and family support services.

Easter Seals offers a variety of services to help people with disabilities address life’s challenges from child development centers to physical rehabilitation and job training for people with disabilities.

The Special Needs Alliance helps individuals with disabilities, their families and the professionals who serve them.

Texas Elks Children’s Services provides medical equipment to eligible children who have no other funding source to pay for items needed. Must start at a local Elks Lodge – call for location nearest to you. Also has a camp for children with special health care needs.

Navigate Life Texas website is especially for families and parents of children with disabilities or special health-care needs and is designed to offer support, inspiration, resources, and links to services available.

Texas Home of Your Own works one-on-one with people with disabilities and their families, helping them become homeowners.

Joshua’s Stage enrich the lives of children with special needs by providing the opportunity, through fine arts classes and student performances and exhibits.

C2 Change is a nonprofit behavioral health agency dedicated to providing quality behavioral health services to youth and their families.
Texas Community Resource Coordination Group (CRCGs) Local inter-agency groups comprised of public and private providers that come together to develop individual services plans for children, youth, and adults whose needs can be met only through inter-agency coordination and cooperation.

Legacy of Hope Austin provides opportunities to explore the arts, specialized horseback riding for kids with special needs, and ‘date night’ respite care for their parents.

The Determined Parents Foundation grants money for things like co-pays, deductibles and items insurance only partially covers or does not cover at all.

Variety of Texas Children’s Charity provides financial assistance for families of special needs children in need of medical equipment/devices, physical therapy, educational resources, home renovation and more.

Make A Wish Foundation grants the wish of a child diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition in the United States and its territories.

Growing Roots empowers families of children with special needs through hands-on information, resources and support.
Single Mothers Grants provides financial assistance for utility bills, child care, college, medical bills, medications, rent assistance, buying a home and more.

National AMBUCS, Inc. is a nonprofit charitable organization with a diverse membership dedicated to creating mobility and independence for people with disabilities. AMBUCS Members put the mission into action in their own community by providing Amtryke therapeutic tricycles to individuals unable to operate a traditional bike, awarding academic scholarships for therapists, and performing various other forms of community service for people with disabilities.

iHOPE – The international Academy of Hope is a highly specialized brain injury school in New York City funded by the Sarah Jane Brain Foundation (SJBF). the SJBF was established in 2007 by Patrick Donohue, whose daughter was violently shaken by her baby nurse when she was five days old, breaking four ribs, both collarbones and causing a severe brain injury. The mission of SJBF is to change the world for Sarah Jane and the millions of other children, youth and young adults who suffer from brain injury and other brain-based disorders by improving services, training and research in this country and beyond. Brain injury in youth can result in widespread impairments in cognition, motor abilities, behavior and social function.

Texas Technology Access Program’s is mission is to increase access for people with disabilities to Assistive Technology that provides them more control over their immediate environments and an enhanced ability to function independently