Personal Care Services (PCS)

What is Personal Care Services?

Personal Care Services (PCS) is a Medicaid benefit that helps clients with everyday tasks. These tasks are called activities of daily living (ADLs) and instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs).

Examples of ADLs

  • Bathing
  • Eating
  • Going to the toilet
  • Dressing
  • Walking 

Examples of IADLs

  • Laundry
  • Light housework
  • Fixing meals 

To get PCS, you must:

  • Be birth through age 20 and have Medicaid.
  • Have a disability, physical or mental illness, or a health problem that lasts for a long time.
  • Have a Practitioner Statement of Need signed by a practitioner (physician, advanced practice nurse, or physician assistant) who has examined you in the last 12 months. 
  • Need help with ADLs and IADLs based on the Personal Care Assessment Form (PCAF).
  • Give a reason why your guardian cannot help you with ADLs and IADLs. 

For more information, or for questions about the PCS benefit, call the Texas Medicaid & Healthcare Partnership (TMHP) PCS Client Line toll free at 1-888-276-0702, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Order PCS brochures online at

Last updated October 5, 2016