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This index includes acronyms and abbreviations commonly used on this website.

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AA/NA Alcoholics Anonymous/Narcotics Anonymous
AAA Area Agency on Aging
AAAs Affirmative Action Administrators
AACAP American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
ACLS Advanced Cardiac Life Support
ACS American Community Survey
ACSW Academy of Certified Social Workers
ACT Assertive Community Treatment
ADA Americans with Disabilities Act
ADC Average Daily Census
ADHD Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
ADL Activities of Daily Living (sometimes "ADL skills")
AES Adaptive Equipment Specialist
AFDC Aid to Families with Dependent Children
AHRQ Agency for Health Care Research and Quality
ALFS Aid to Localities Financial System
ALOS Average Length of Stay
AMI Area Median Income
AOC Administrator on Call
AOD Administrator on Duty
AOT Assisted Outpatient Treatment
APA American Psychiatric Association or
APC Advanced Primary Care
APS Academy of Peer Services
ARS Automated Rate Setting
ASAP The Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Providers of New York State
ATA American Telemedicine Association
AWOL Absences Without Leave

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BASF Baseline Assessment Form
BCM (OMH) Blended Case Management
BEWD Bureau of Education and Workforce Development
BIC Bureau of Inspection and Certification
BIP Behavior Modification Plans
BOCES Board of Cooperative Educational Services
BOR New York State Board of Regents
BOV Board of Visitors
BSW Bachelor of Social Work

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CAB Consumer Advisory Board
CAC Cultural Advisory Committee
CAE Closely Allied Entity
CAH Care At Home
CAIRS Child and Adult Integrated Reporting System
CANS Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths
CANS-MH Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths - Mental Health Instrument
CARF Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities
CBCL Child Behavior Checklist
CBFM Community Budget and Financial Management
CBO Consolidated Business Office or
Community-Based Organization
CBR Consolidated Budget Report
CBT Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or
Competency Based Training
CCF Council on Children & Families
CCM Comprehensive Case Management
CCR Consolidated Claiming Report
CCSI Coordinated Children's Services Initiative
CDPC Capital District Psychiatric Center
CDR Continuing Disability Reviews
CDT Continuing Day Treatment
CFA Comprehensive Functional Assessment
CFDA Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
CFR Consolidated Fiscal Report or
Code of Federal Regulations
CFS New York State Children and Family Services
CHAS Comprehensive Housing Affordable Strategy
CHHA Certified Home Health Agency
CHIP Children's Health Insurance Program
CHP Child Health Plus
CI Confidence Interval
CIN Client Identification Number
CLMHD New York State Conference of Local Mental Hygiene Directors
CMCM Comprehensive Medicaid Case Management
CME Continuing Medical Education
CMHC Community Mental Health Center
CMS Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services
CNDA Confidentiality & Non-Disclosure Agreement
COBRA Consolidated Omnibus Reconciliation Act
CoC Continuum of Care
COD Co-occurring Disorders
COLA Cost of Living Adjustment
CON Certificate of Need
COP Conditions of Participation or
Comprehensive Outpatient Providers
COPS Comprehensive Outpatient Program Services
CPEP Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program
CPL Criminal Procedure Law
CPOE Computerized Prescriber Order Entry
CPRP Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner
CPS Certified Peer Specialist
CQC New York State Commission on Quality of Care of the Mentally Disabled
CQCAPD New York State Commission on Quality of Care and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities
CQI Continuous Quality Improvement
CQR Claiming Quarterly Report
CR Community Residence
CRS Community Rehabilitation and Support
CR-SRO community residence care Single Room Occupancy
CSB Community Services Board
CSE Committee on Special Education
CSEA Civil Service Employees Association Union
CSEAP Clerical and Secretarial Employee Advancement Program
CSP Community Services Plan (formerly CSEP) or
Community Support Program
CSS Community Support Services or System
CSW Certified Social Worker

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D&TC Diagnostic & Treatment Center
DASNY Dormitory Authority of the State of New York
DCJS New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services
DCN Document Control Number
DHCR New York State Division of Housing & Community Renewal
DME Durable Medical Equipment
DMH Disaster Mental Health
DNR Do Not Resuscitate
DOH New York State Department of Health
DOJ United States Department of Justice
DOS Date of Service
DPCA New York State Division of Probation and Correctional Alternatives
DRG Diagnostic Related Group
DSH Disproportionate Share
DSM-IV Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, (4th edition)
DSRIP Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment
DSS Department of Social Services

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EAP Employee Assistance Program
EBPs Evidence Based Practices
EBT Evidence Based Therapy
EBTDC Evidenced-Based Treatment Dissemination Center
ECT Electroconvulsive Therapy
EDI Electronic Data Interchange
EDP Emotionally Disturbed Person
EMS Emergency Medical Services
EO Executive Order
EOC Existing Operating Component

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FBT Family-Based Treatment
FBTP Family-Based Treatment Program
FC Family Care
FDA United States Food and Drug Administration
FEGS Federation Employment and Guidance Service, Inc.
FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency
FERPA Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
FFP Federal Financial Participation
FFS Fee For Service
FFY Federal Fiscal Year
FOIA Freedom of Information Act
FOIL Freedom of Information Law
FSS Family Support Services or
Federal Salary Sharing
FTE Full Time Equivalent
FUAF Follow-up Assessment Form
FY Fiscal Year

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GAAP Generally Accepted Accounting Principles
GAF Global Assessment of Functioning
GED General Equivalency Diploma
G-I-N gross-income-net
GOER New York State Governor's Office of Employee Relations

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HASA HIV/AIDS Service Administration
HBCI Home-Based Crisis Intervention
HCBS Home and Community-Based Services (sometimes "W", for -Waiver, is appended)
HCRA Health Care Reform Act
HFA New York State Housing Finance Agency
HIPAA Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996
HIT Health care information technology
HIV Human Immunodeficiency Virus
HMO Health Maintenance Organization
HRA New York City Human Resources Administration
HRSA Health Resources and Services Administration

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ICC Individualized Care Coordination
ICD International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems
ICF Intermediate Care Facility
ICF/DD Intermediate Care Facility for the Developmentally Disabled
ICF/MR Intermediate Care Facility for the Mentally Retarded
ICM Intensive Case Manager or Management
ICP Indirect Cost Proposal or
Intermediate Care Program
ICR Intensive Crisis Respite
IDDT Integrated Dual Disorders Treatment
IDEA Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
IEP Individualized Education Plan or
Individualized Educational Program
IOCC Inter-Office Coordinating Council
IPRT Intensive Psychiatric Rehabilitation Treatment
IR Intensive Rehabilitation
IRA Individual Residential Alternative
IRWE Impairment-Related Work Expense
ISP Individual Service Plan
ITU Intensive Treatment Unit

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JAIBG Federal Juvenile Accountability Incentive Block Grant
JAMA Journal of the American Medical Association
JCAHO Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations


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LCAT Licensed Creative Arts Therapist
LCSW Licensed Clinical Social Worker
LDSS Local department of social services district
LFY Local Fiscal Year
LGU Local Governmental Unit
LMHC Licensed Mental Health Counselor
LMS Learning Management System
LMSW Licensed Master Social Worker
LOC Level of Care
LPHA Licensed Practitioner of the Healing Arts
LTHHCP Long Term Home Health Care Program
LTSE Long Term Sheltered Employment

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M/C Management/Confidential
MBI-WPD Medicaid Buy-In for Working People with Disabilities
MCO Managed Care Organization
MCP Managed Care Plan
MH Mental Health
MHA Mental Health Association
MHANYS Mental Health Association of New York State
MHARS Mental Health Automated Record System
MHL New York Mental Hygiene Law
MHLS Mental Hygiene Legal Service
MHPD Mental Health Provider Data Exchange
MHSC Mental Health Services Council
MHSIP Mental Health Statistics Improvement Program
MHTA Mental Health Therapy Aide
MI/MR Mental Illness/Mental Retardation
MICA Mentally Ill Chemical Abuser
MISCC Most Integrated Setting Coordinating Council
MMIS Medicaid Management Information System
MPH Master of Public Health
MSSW Master of Science in Social Work
MSW Master of Social Work

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NAMI National Alliance on Mental Illness
NASMHPD National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors
NCLB No Child Left Behind
NIH National Institutes of Health
NIMRS New Incident Management Reporting System
NKI Nathan Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research
NOD Notice of Decision
NP Nurse Practitioner
NPI National Provider Identifier
NPP Nurse Practitioner in Psychiatry
NPS Non-Personal Services
NSSP National Strategy for Suicide Prevention
NYAPRS New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services
NYCHHC New York City Health and Hospitals Corp.
NYCRR New York Codes, Rules and Regulations
NYESS NY Employment Support System
NYISER New York Interagency Supported Employment Report
NYPI New York State Psychiatric Institute
NYSARC Association for Retarded Citizens, Inc. (formerly, New York State "A.R.C.")
NYSCRR New York State Codes, Rules and Regulations
NYSNA New York State Nurses Association
NYSPA New York State Psychiatric Association
NYSRA New York State Rehabilitation Association

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OASAS New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services
OBRA Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act
OCFS New York State Office of Children and Family Services
OFY Office of Mental Health Fiscal Year
OGS New York State Office of General Services
OISE Ongoing Integrated Supported Employment
OMH New York State Office of Mental Health
OPTS Options for People Through Services
OPWDD Office For People With Developmental Disabilities
OQI Other Qualifying Instrument
ORS Ongoing Rehabilitation and Support
ORYX Not an acronym, but refers to the Joint Commission of Accreditation of Hospitals Organization (JCAHO) required performance measurement system
OSC New York State Office of the State Comptroller
OSERS Office of Special Education & Rehabilitation Services
OTDA New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance
OTPS Other Than Personal Services
OTPT Out-Patient Unit
OTR Registered Occupational Therapist

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PA Physician's Assistant; Provider Agreement; Public Assistance
PAAT Protection and Advocacy for Assistive Technology
PAI Patient Assessment Instrument
PAR Prior Approval Review or
Position Analysis Report
PAS Program Assignment Summary or
Preliminary Allocation Summary
PAT Personal Adjustment Training or Practice Assessment Tool
PC Psychiatric Center
PCP Person-Centered Planning
PCS Patient Characteristics Survey
PDD Pervasive Developmental Disorder (sometimes with "NOS" - not otherwise specified - annexed)
PDG Program Development Grants
PDP Prescription Drug Plan
PEF Public Employees Federation union
PEM psycho-educational model
PHI Protected health information
PHP Permanent Housing Program
PINS Person in Need of Supervision
PMCS Preventing and Managing Crisis Situations
PMHP Prepaid Mental Health Plan
PMO Project Management Office
PNP Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
POCA Plan of Corrective Action
PPAC Preferred Physicians and Children
PPS Performing Provider System or Prospective Payment System
PRN When necessary, or as needed medications.
PRO Patient Resource Office
PROS Personalized Recovery Oriented Services
PRU Program Reporting Unit
PSC Pediatric Symptom Checklist
PSYCKES Psychiatric Services and Clinical Knowledge Enhancement System
PTSD Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

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QA Quality Assurance
QI Quality Improvement
QMRP Qualified Mental Retardation Professional

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R/E Recipient Restriction Exception Code
RAS Regional Advocacy Specialist
RCA Root Cause Analysis
RCCA Residential Care Center for Adults
RFA Request for Application
RFI Request for Information
RFMH Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene
RFP Request for Proposal
RFS Request for Services
RIV Reinvestment
RN Registered Nurse
RPC Regional Planning Consortium
RPI Residential Program Indicators
RTC Residential Treatment Center
RTF Residential Treatment Facility
RV Ratio Value
Rx Prescription

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SAMHSA Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
SCA State Contracting Agency
SCIP Strategies for Crisis Intervention & Prevention
SCIP-R Strategies for Crisis Intervention & Prevention-Revised
SCM Supportive Case Manager or Management
SCOC New York State Commission of Correction
SED Serious Emotional Disturbance or
Seriously Emotionally Disturbed
SEIT Special Education Itinerant Teacher
SEMO State Emergency Management Office
SFL New York State Finance Law
SI Special Investigator or Investigation
SMI Serious Mental Illness
SMP Self-Management Program
SNA Safety Net Assistance
SNAP Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Plan
SNF Skilled Nursing Facility
SNP Special Needs Plans
SOCR State Operated Community Residence
SOD Statement of Deficiency
SOICF State-Operated Intermediate Care Facility
SOTP Sex Offender Treatment Program
SPMI Serious and Persistent Mental Illness
SPOA Single Point of Accountability
SPOE Single Point of Entry
SRO Single Room Occupancy
SSD Social Security Disability
SSDI Social Security Disability Insurance
SSHSP School Supportive Health Services Program
SSI Supplemental Security Income
STAIR Service for Treatment and Abatement of Interpersonal Risk

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TBI Traumatic Brain Injury
TDD Telecommunication Device for the Deaf
TEP Transitional Employment Placement or Program
TF-CBT Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
TFCR Teaching Family Community Residence
TFH Teaching Family Home
THP Transitional Housing Program
TPHI Third Party Health Insurance
TRAID Technology-Related Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities Act
TTL Treatment Team Leader
TTY Teletypewriter
TUBS Temporary Use Beds
Tx Treatment

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UCR Uniform Clinical Record
UR Utilization Review

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VA Veterans Administration
VAP Vital Access Provider
VESID Vocational & Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities
VOCR Voluntary Operated Community Residence
VR Vocational Rehabilitation

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WIC Women, Infants and Children
WMS Welfare Management System

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