PCS (Personal Care Services)

If you are eligible for Medicaid already (whether it comes through SSI or TDHS), you can apply for Personal Care Services.
If you are on a Medicaid waiver, you can apply for Personal Care Services.

The official website for PCS is http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/region8/personalcaresvcs.aspx. Or try this link.
The PCS benefit is available to Texas Medicaid clients who:

  • Are birth through 20 years of age.
  • Are enrolled with Texas Medicaid as Texas Health Steps clients.
  • Have physical, cognitive, or behavioral limitations related to a disability, or chronic health condition that inhibits the client’s ability to accomplish ADLs, IADLs, or health-related functions.

Personal Care Services are to help with:

  • Examples of Activities of Daily Living (ADLs)
    • Bathing
    • Dressing
    • Feeding
    • Grooming
    • Mobility
    • Toileting/Toileting hygiene
    • Transfers/Nonambulatory movements
  • Examples of Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs)
    • Housekeeping
    • Laundry
    • Meal preparation
  • Examples of Health-Related Functions
    • Assistance with use of adaptive or assistive devices.
    • Assistance with use of durable medical equipment (DME).

PCS Does Not Include:

  • ADLs, IADLs, or health-related functions that a typically developing child of the same chronological age could not safely and independently perform without adult supervision.
  • Services that provide direct intervention when the client has the physical, cognitive, and behavioral abilities to perform the ADL, IADL, or health-related function.
  • Duplication of Medicaid services.
  • Nursing care.
  • Respite care or child care.

Referral of Clients for the PCS Benefit

  • Call Texas Medicaid and Healthcare Partnership(TMHP) PCS Client Line 1-888-276-0702 (7 a.m. to 7 p.m.)

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