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Medicaid Waiver Services

Community Living Assistance and Support Services (CLASS)

The Community Living Assistance and Support Services (CLASS) program at Ability Connection (AC) provides case management services for individuals of all ages and disabilities to live as independently as possible at home and in the community. Our CLASS team works with each individual, focusing on client choice and independence, to ensure his or her needs are met and coordinates a variety of services to ensure individuals with disabilities are able to live independently.

The CLASS program is overseen by the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS). To be eligible for the CLASS program, individuals must have a disability that originated before age 22 and qualify for Medicaid. Eligibility guidelines are available on the DADS website:
http://www.dads.state.tx.us/services/faqs-fact/class.html

Currently, there is an interest list for the Community Living Assistance and Support Services (CLASS) program. To be placed on the interest list for CLASS, please call toll-free 877-438-5658.

Ability Connection serves many areas in Texas. Click the map at the left or enter your zip code in the field below the map to find an office that serves your area.

If you are interested in being a part of our CLASS program or have questions, please call or email:

Amy Crooks – Director, CLASS
Office Phone: (512) 468-7645
Send an Email to Amy

Home and Community-based Services (HCS)

The Home and Community Based Services (HCS) program at Ability Connection (AC) provides the help and support necessary for individuals of all ages with intellectual or developmental disabilities to live as independently as
possible in their own homes, with family, a paid companion care provider or in small group home settings in the community. Our HCS team works with each individual, focusing on client choice and autonomy, to ensure his or her needs are met and coordinates a variety of services to ensure individuals with disabilities are able to live autonomously.

The HCS program is overseen by the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS). To be eligible for the HCS program, individuals must have a diagnosis of an intellectual disability (or related condition) and qualify for Medicaid. Eligibility guidelines are available on the DADS website:
http://www.dads.state.tx.us/services/faqs-fact/hcs.html

Enrollment for the HCS program is overseen by Local Authority (LA). To find the LA in your county, please visit:
http://www.dads.state.tx.us/contact/search.cfm (enter your city, click search then scroll down to see your LA listing).

Currently, there is an interest list for Home and Community Based Services (HCS) program. If you are not currently on the interest list, please contact your LA. Contact information can be found via the web links above.

Ability Connection serves many areas in Texas. Click the map above at the right to find an office that serves your area:

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Rachel Hopkins – Director, HCS/TxHmL
Office Phone: (214) 247-4543
Send an Email to Rachel

Texas Home Living (TXHmL)

The Texas Home Living program (TxHmL) program at Ability Connection (AC) provides help and support to individuals of all ages with an intellectual disability or related condition. Our TxHmL team works with each individual to ensure they receive community living, professional and technical support so they can continue to live with their families or in their own home.

The Texas Home Living (TxHmL) program is overseen by the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS). To be eligible for the TxHmL program, individuals must have a diagnosis of an intellectual disability (or related condition) and qualify for Medicaid. Eligibility guidelines are available on the DADS website:

http://www.dads.state.tx.us/services/faqs-fact/txhml.html

Enrollment for the TxHmL program is overseen by the Local Authority (LA). To find the LA in your county, please visit:

http://www.dads.state.tx.us/services/contact.cfm
(enter your county then scroll down to see your LA listing).

Currently, there is a list for TxHmL services. If you are on the list for Home and Community Based Services (HCS) you are automatically placed on the TxHmL list. If you aren’t currently on the interest list, please contact your LA. Contact information is above.

If you have questions or are interested in being a part of our TxHmL program, please call or email:

Rachel Hopkins – Director, HCS/TxHmL
Office Phone: (214) 247-4543
Send an Email to Rachel

Companion Care Services

Ability Connection Companion Care

Host Home/Companion Care is an option within the Home and Community Based Services (HCS) program that allows the individual with a disability to remain in their own home, the home of family member or a friend after the age of 18. What makes this possible is that the primary caregiver, whether that be the client’s parents, relatives or a close family friend, receives a daily rate of pay for assisting in their care. This caregiver lives full time with the individual. The rate of pay is based on the individual’s level of care.

What sets Ability Connection Texas apart from other HCS providers?

Ability Connection prides itself on its outstanding customer service, going above and beyond by providing detailed training to all companion care providers. This ensures that there is a complete understanding of their responsibilities as paid providers. Ability Connection’s HCS staff are available for questions and concerns to all clients and caregivers. Ongoing training is always available to our Companion Care providers to enable the individual(s) they serve to live with personal freedom and autonomy while receiving the care and service they need. Ability Connection maintains regular contact with the individual and their Companion Care provider; including phone calls, and home & community visits.

How you can get involved

There is a great need for compassionate, loving adults who have a strong desire to serve people with disabilities to serve as Companion Care providers in our communities. Companion Care providers must be available to have someone with a physical or intellectual disability live with them just like a family member. A detailed screening process is involved to ensure that all of Ability Connection’s Companion Care providers meet the requirements for this kind of work. If you are interested in learning more about Ability Connection’s Companion Care program, click the Contact Us button on the navigation bar above.

Do you know someone who has a diagnosis of an intellectual disability (or related condition) and qualifies for Medicaid waiver services? If so, they may be eligible for HCS services. Eligibility guidelines may be found at http://www.dads.state.tx.us/services/faqs-fact/hcs.html. Enrollment for the HCS program is overseen by the Local Authority. To find the Local Authority in your county, please visit http://www.dads.state.tx.us/contact/search.cfm (enter your city, then scroll down to see your Local Authority listing). Contact your Local Authority to enroll for HCS services.

Rachel Hopkins – Director, HCS/TxHmL
Office Phone: (214) 247-4543
Send an Email to Rachel

Residential Services (HCS)

The Home and Community Based Services program at Ability Connection (AC) provides community-based living in homes for up to four adults with disabilities. Our homes allow individuals to live with as much autonomy and independence as possible, while providing 24 hour care for our residents. Ability Connection currently has four HCS homes in the Dallas area.

The Residential Services (HCS) Group Home program is overseen by the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS). To be eligible for the TxHmL program, individuals must have a diagnosis of an intellectual disability (or related condition) and qualify for Medicaid. Information is available on the DADS website:
http://www.dads.state.tx.us/services/faqs-fact/rc.html

If you have questions or are interested in being a part of our Residential Services (HCS) Group Home program, please call or email:

Rachel Hopkins – Director, HCS/TxHmL
Office Phone: (214) 247-4543
Send an Email to Rachel

ICF Group Homes

The ICF Group Home program at Ability Connection (AC) provides family-style living in environments for up to six adults with disabilities. Our homes allow individuals to live with as much autonomy and independence as possible, while providing 24 hour care for the residents. Ability Connection currently has three ICF homes in the Dallas area.

The Residential Services (HCS) Group Home program is overseen by the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS). To be eligible for the ICF Group Home program, individuals must have a diagnosis of an intellectual disability (or related condition) and qualify for Medicaid. Information is available on the DADS website:
http://www.dads.state.tx.us/services/faqs-fact/rc.html

If you have questions or are interested in being a part of our ICF Group Home program, please call or email:

Tanya Bailey – Director, ICF Group Home Services
Office Phone: (469) 515-3003
Send an Email to Tanya

IMPACT Day Habilitation

The IMPACT program at Ability Connection  is a goal-driven day program and training center for adults with disabilities. This program provides individuals, ages 16 and older, the opportunity to attain personal goals through life skills, education, personal growth, training, recreation and leisure activities, community inclusion, and socialization. Our IMPACT program is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The program operates in our Headquarters and Greater DFW Service Center.

The program is based on Ability Connection’s FIVE PROGRAM PILLARS:

  1. Vocational Training
  2. Academics/Education
  3. Independent Living Skills
  4. Health, Fitness & Nutrition
  5. Community Inclusion

Our IMPACT team works with each individual, family, caregiver and caseworker to tailor each client’s goals, both long and short-term, to their individual needs and abilities. Using an “Individual Program Plan” each client’s goals are centered around the five program pillars and progress is measured regularly.   The ultimate goal of IMPACT is to encourage and increase the independence of each person, helping not only them, but their families as well, live more successfully with a disability. A feature unique to our IMPACT program is that we have an onsite nursing staff available to help with any medical issues that may arise while attending the program during the day. This onsite medical staff helps give our clients’ families and caregivers peace of mind. We also offer physical therapy services to those who qualify.

The IMPACT program is available to adults ages 16 and up with any type of intellectual and physical disability that can benefit from life skills, socialization and independence training. IMPACT also offers a summer only program for individuals from 16 to 22 years of age who are still attending school.

Home & Community Based Services, and Private pay rates are applicable.

If you are interested in our IMPACT Program or have questions, please call or email:

Debra Walker – Director, IMPACT Adult Program
Office Phone: (214) 247-4524
Send an Email to Debra

“Life Change” Training Center

The LIFE CHANGE Training Center at Ability Connection is a goal-driven day program and training center for adults with disabilities. This program provides individuals, ages 16 and older, the opportunity to attain personal goals through life skills, education, personal growth, training, recreation and leisure activities, community inclusion, and socialization. Our Life Change program is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The program operates in our Headquarters and Greater DFW Service Center.

The program is based on Ability Connection’s FIVE PROGRAM PILLARS:

  1. Vocational Training
  2. Academics/Education
  3. Independent Living Skills
  4. Health, Fitness & Nutrition
  5. Community Inclusion

Our LIFE CHANGE team works with each individual, family, caregiver and caseworker to tailor each client’s goals, both long and short-term, to their individual needs and abilities. Using an “Individual Program Plan” each client’s goals are centered around the five program pillars and progress is measured regularly.   The ultimate goal of the LIFE CHANGE Training Center is to encourage and increase the independence and inclusion of each person, helping them live more successfully with a disability in the community, and with their families and caregivers.    Weekly Lesson Plans are developed using specially designed curriculum through Special Education consultants.  Small groups are often created to adapt to similar abilities within a particular program pillar or learning environment.   Clients are also offered unique opportunities to participate in volunteering in the community, community inclusion and educational trips to museums, art therapy, music and entertainment, sports venues and libraries.  Additional offerings include Yoga, Zumba, Special Olympics and other health & fitness activities.

The LIFE CHANGE program is available to adults ages 16 and up with intellectual and physical disabilities typically with lesser needs and higher social skills.  This allows are instructors to focus primarily on their learning and development in the five program pillars.  LIFE CHANGE also offers a Summer program for individuals from 16 to 22 years of age who are still attending school.

If you are interested in our LIFE CHANGE Training Center  Program or have questions, please call or email:

Amanda Lambright – Lead Instructor, LIFE CHANGE Training Center Program
Office Phone: (214) 351-2500
Send an Email to Amanda

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