January 2nd, 2023

Effective January 2023, the open enrollment application process to get a provisional contract to provide Home and Community-based Services (HCS) and Texas Home Living (TxHmL) services will change.

  1. You must be enrolled as a Texas Medicaid provider through the Texas Medicaid & Healthcare Partnership (TMHP) Provider Enrollment System (PEMS) before applying.

2. To apply, you must complete the Provider Applicant Training (PAT). The PAT is now available on the HHS Learning Portal. Do not take the PAT if you aren’t applying for an HCS and TxHmL waiver contract.

  • You must get a score of 85% or higher to pass the exam. Lower scores will not be accepted.
  • After completing the PAT, you can apply using Form 5873 Waiver and Community-based Programs and Services. Your PAT exam certificate must be included with your application packet. Do not apply without a PAT exam certificate showing your passing score.

PAT FAQ’sPlease read before taking the PAT! 

You must pass this test by 85% and if you fail the 1st x will have to wait 6 months to retake it!



Mail Your Application to the Waiver Program Enrollment Team

Send to this address:


Contract Administration and Provider Monitoring

Mail Code W-359 P.O. Box 149030

Austin, TX 78714-9030

Applicants can also submit applications by email: IDDWaiverContractEnrollment@hhsc.state.tx.us or fax: 512-206-3916.

More resources can be found on the HHSC website, including guidance on how to apply and manage your contracts. If you have any questions about the application process, please email us.