Helpful Acronyms


Helpful ACRONYMS related to both Mental Health and Developmental Services

Updated: October 4, 2013

AcronymFull Name
AAA Area Agency on Aging
AAIDD American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
(formerly AAMR)
ABA Applied Behavior Analysis
ADA Americans with Disabilities Act
ADD Association of Developmental Disabilities
ADL Activities of Daily Living
ADS Adult Day Services
ADT Adult Developmental Training
AE Administrative Entity
AEIC Administrative Entity Information Center
AEOMP Administrative Entity Oversight Monitoring Process
AG Auditor General
Arc The Arc (advocacy for
AS Asperger’s Syndrome
ASD Autism Spectrum Disorder
AT Assistive Technology
ATF Adult Training Facility
AWC Agency With Choice
BAS Bureau of Autism Services
BDAP Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Programs
BEIS Bureau of Early Intervention Services
BFO Bureau of Financial Operations
BHA Bureau of Hearings and Appeals
BH-MCO Behavioral Health Managed Care Organization
BHRS Behavioral Health Rehabilitative Services
BIP Behavior Intervention Plan
BSC Behavior Supports Consultant
BSE Bureau of Special Education
BSU Base Service Unit
BVS Bureau of Visual Services
C & E Consultation and Education
C&Y Children & Youth
CAAC County Administrators Advisory Committee
CAO County Assistance Office
CASSP Child and Adolescent Service System Program
CAU County Administrative Unit
CCAP County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania
CCBHO Community Care Behavioral Health Organization
CCRS/POMS Consolidated Community Reporting System/Performance Outcome Measures
CCS Community Counseling Services
CDC Child Development Council
CDS College of Direct Support
CE Community Employment
CEBO Continuous Evidence Based Oversight
CEO Chief Executive Officer
CFO Chief Financial Officer
C/FST Consumer/Family Satisfaction Team
CH Community Home (residential licensed facility under 6400)
CHIP Children’s Health Insurance Program
CHIPP Community Hospital Integration Projects Program
CHOP Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania
CIS Client Information System
CJAB Criminal Justice Advisory Board
CLA Community Living Arrangement (ID residential facility)
CLM Competent Learner Model
CM Case Manager (Mental Health)
CM County Manager
CMS Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
COLA Cost of Living Allowance
COMPASS Commonwealth of PA Application for Social Services
CON Certification of Need
CQI Continuous Quality Improvement
CRR Community Residential Rehabilitation (MH residential facility)
CSC Children’s Service Center
CSP Community Support Program
CSS Catholic Social Services
CSSH Clarks Summit State Hospital
CST Consumer Satisfaction Team
CUP Creating Unlimited Possibilities (day program)
CW Consolidated Waiver
D & A Drug and Alcohol
DCP Direct Care Professional
DD Developmental Disability or Dual Diagnosis (Mental Health and Other Disability)
DDP Day Development Program
DOH Department of Health
DPW Department of Public Welfare
DRN Disability Rights Network
DSM-IV Diagnostic and Statistical Manual
ED Emotional Disorder
EDL Everyday Lives
EI Early Intervention
EITA Early Intervention Technical Assistance
EPSDT Early Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment
ER Evaluation Report
ESY Extended School Year
FAPE Free Appropriate Public Education
FBA Functional Behavioral Assessment
FBVR Facility Based Vocational Rehabilitation
FC Facilitated Communication
FERPA Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
FFP Federal Financial Participation
FFS Fee-For-Service
FFT Functional Family Therapy
FLP Family Living Provider
FMS Financial Management Service
FSS Family Support Services
FST Family Satisfaction Team
FTE Full Time Equivalent
FY Fiscal Year
HASD Hazleton Area School District (Early Intervention pre-school)
HCBS Home and Community Based Services
HCQU Health Care Quality Unit
HCSIS Home and Community Services Information System
HIPAA Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
HMO Health Maintenance Organization
HRP Health Risk Profile
HSDF Human Services Development Fund
I & R Information and Referral
ICC Interagency Coordinating Council
ICF/ID Intermediate Care Facility for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities
ICM Intensive Case Management (MH)
ID Intellectual Disability
IDEA Individuals With Disabilities Education Act
I & E Income and Expenditure Report
IEP Individualized Educational Plan
IESF Individual Emergency Support Form
IFSP Individualized Family Support Plan (Early Intervention)
IGT Intergovernmental Transfer
IM Incident Management
IM4Q Independent Monitoring for Quality
IMT Independent Monitoring Team
  Individual Program Plan
ISO Intermediary Service Organization
ISP Individual Support Plan
ISSP Instructional Support System of Pa.
IST Instructional Support Team
IT Interdisciplinary Team
ITP Individual Transition Plan (Part of IEP)
IU Intermediate Unit (Local Education Agency)
JCAHO Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations
JPO Juvenile Probation Office
L & I Labor and Industry
LCCF Luzerne County Correctional Facility
LCTA Luzerne County Transportation Authority
LEA Local Education Agency
LHOT Local Housing Options Team
LICC Local Interagency Coordinating Council
LIHEAP Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program
LIU Luzerne Intermediate Unit #18
LMS Learning Management System
LOC Level of Care
LRE Least Restrictive Environment
LS/FLP Life Sharing/Family Living Program
LTC Long Term Care
LTCC Local Transition Coordinating Council
MA Medical Assistance
MAMIS Medical Assistance Management Information System
MATP Medical Assistance Transportation Program
MAWA Mutually Agreed Upon Written Agreement
MAWD Medical Assistance for Workers with Disabilities
MCI Master Client Index
MCO Managed Care Organization
MDT Multidisciplinary Team
MH/DS Mental Health/Developmental Services
MIS Management Information System
MPI Master Provider Index
MPP Maximizing Participation Project
NAMI National Alliance on Mental Illness
NBHCC Northeast Behavioral Health Care Consortium
NEC Northeast Counseling Services
NERO Northeast Regional Office
NOREP Notice of Recommended Educational Placement
OA Operating Agreement
OBRA Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act
OCD Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
OCDEL Office of Child Development and Early Learning
OCYF Office of Children, Youth and Families
ODP Office of Developmental Programs
ODR Office of Dispute Resolution
OHS Office of Human Services
OLTL Office of Long Term Living (formerly Office of Social Programs)
OMAP Office of Medical Assistance Programs
OMHSAS Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services
OSEP Office of Special Education Programs
OVR Office of Vocational Rehabilitation
P/FDS Person/Family Directed Support Waiver
PP&A PA Protection and Advocacy, Inc.
PA Plus Supplemental questions for Pennsylvania that accompany the SIS
PAC Planning and Advisory Committee (to the Office of Developmental Programs)
PACHSA Pa Association of County Human Services Administrators
PASA Pennsylvania Alternate System of Assessment
PATH Projects for Assistance in Transition to Homeless
PaTTAN Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network
PCBH Personal Care Boarding Home
PCCD Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency
PCH Personal Care Home
PCP Person Centered Planning
PCPA Pennsylvania Community Providers Association
PDD Pervasive Developmental Disorder
PDE Pennsylvania Department of Education
PDS Participant Directed Service
PELICAN-EI Pennsylvania’s Enterprise for Linking Infants and Children Across Networks (Early Intervention)
PEN Parent Education Network
P/FDS Person/Family Directed Support Waiver
PH-MCO Physical Health Managed Care Organization
PIC Provider Information Center
PLF Private Licensed Facility (Interim Care)
POMS Performance Outcome Measurement System
PPO Preferred Provider Organization
PPRT Positive Practices Resource Team
PROMISe (Trademark) Provider Reimbursement and Operation Management Information System (in electronic format)
PTSD Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
PUNS Prioritization of Urgency of Need for Services for Persons with ID
QA Quality Assurance
QE Quality Enhancement
QI Quality Improvement
QIDP Qualified Intellectual Disability Professional
QM Quality Management
RC Resource Coordination
ReDCo Regional Development Corporation
RFP Request for Proposal
RFQ Request for Qualifications
RTF Residential Treatment Facility
RWCM Regional Waiver Capacity Manager
SBBH School Based Behavioral Health
SC Supports Coordinator ( ID) or Service Coordinator (Early Intervention)
SAP Student Assistance Program
SC Service Coordinator (Early Intervention Services)
SC Supports Coordinator (ID Services)
SCO/SCU Supports Coordination Organization/Supports Coordination Unit
SDI Specially Designed Instruction
SEA State Educational Agency
SEES Plan Social/Emotional/Environmental Support Plan
SEP Supported Employment Program
SIS (Trademark) Supports Intensity Scale
SLP Supported Living Program
SSA Social Security Administration
SSD Services and Supports Directory
SSDAC Social Security Disabled Adult Child
SSDI Social Security Disability Income
SSI Supplemental Security Income
SSW Support Service Worker
STEP Specialized Transportation Enhancement Program
TBI Traumatic Brain Injury
TEACCH Treatment and Education of Autistic and Related Communication-Handicapped Children
TEP Transitional Employment Program
TQM Total Quality Management
TSM Targeted Service Management
TSS Therapeutic Staff Support
UR Utilization Review
URS United Rehabilitation Services
VA Veterans Administration
VB Verbal Behavior
VF/EA FMS Vendor Fiscal/Employer Agent Fiscal Management Services
VOA Volunteers of America
WCM Waiver Capacity Management
WE Waiver Eligible
WI Waiver Ineligible
201 Voluntary, Mental Health Commitment
302 Emergency Involuntary, Mental Health Commitment
304 Court Involuntary, Mental Health Commitment
406 Involuntary, Mental Retardation Commitment
2380 Pennsylvania Regulations for ODP Vocational Services
2390 Pennsylvania Regulations for ODP Non-Vocational Day Services
6400 Pennsylvania Regulations for ODP Residential Services
6500 Pennsylvania Regulations for ODP Lifesharing/Family Living Services
6600 Pennsylvania Regulations for ICFs/MR