Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD)

Texas is home to more than 485,000 adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

Community Centers play a vital role in ensuring people with IDD achieve their goals, remain in community, and stay connected with friends and family.

On behalf of Community centers serving as Local IDD Authorities, the Texas Council leads statewide efforts to implement public policy to:

  • Increase access to home and community-based services
  • Strengthen community capacity to support children and adults with complex and challenging needs
  • Reshape the IDD service system to respond to individual choice and wisely use public resource

Community Centers serving as Local IDD Authorities serve as a primary access point for essential and cost-effective, community-based services and supports for people with IDD. Local IDD Authority Targeted Case Management connects people to needed services, including life skills training, job support, specialized therapies, in-home support services, respite, and community residential services.

Targeted Case Management is provided for nearly 30,000 people with IDD each year, ensuring:

  • A connection to local community resources, including non-Medicaid resources
  • Enhanced local provider oversight and accountability measures
  • An ally focused on a person’s choices and needs
  • Person-directed planning

Community Centers also provide safety net services for nearly 6,000 people each year who do not have access to other long-term services and supports. These services are provided in crisis situations and as necessary to promote the health and safety of people living at home with their families.