Acronyms & Abbreviations

Acronyms & Abbreviations

The Department of Mental Health uses a number of acronyms and abbreviations to describe its services and programs (DMH, for example). The following list includes some of the most common.

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A

ACCH
Association for the Care of Children's Health. A multidisciplinary association of professionals and parents that promotes quality psychosocial health care for children and their families.
ACT (1)
Assertive Community Treatment (an evidence-based practice for adults w/severe mental illness)
ACT (2)
Application for Continued Treatment
Act 15
Restored the Department of Mental Health (July 1, 2007)
Act 114
Vermont’s statute governing involuntary non-emergency psychiatric medication, passed in 1998.
 
Act 264
Vermont legislation (1988) mandating a coordinated interagency system of care for children and adolescents experiencing a serious emotional disturbance and their families
AD (1)
Administrative Discharge (from the Vermont State Hospital)
AD (2)
Advance Directive: Health and mental-health care directive for treatment
ADAP
(Division of) Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs, part of the Vermont Department of Health
 
ADD
Attention deficit disorder. A condition characterized by a failure to remain attentive in various situations, especially in the school and home.
ADHD
Attention hyperactivity disorder. As above, but with the added characteristic of overactivity.
ADG
Askesis Development Group: IT development group for software (PsychConsult) at the Vermont State Hospital having to do with medical records
AFL
Authorized funding limit
AHS
Agency of Human Services
AIT
Application for Involuntary Treatment
AMI
Asset Management Inventory (Vermont Department of Health)
ANCOR
American Network of Community Options & Resources
AOP
Adult Outpatient Services (mental health)
APA (1)
American Psychiatric Association
APA (2)
American Psychological Association
APSE
Association for Persons in Supported Employment
ARC
Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competency model for treatment of children and families with complex and/or intense trauma histories
ARIS
Area Resources for Individualized Services
AS
Autism Spectrum: a range of disorders. Autism is defined in DMS-IV-TR (code 299.00) as the presence of markedly abnormal or impaired development in social interaction and communica­tion and a markedly restricted repertoire of activity and interests.
AT
Assistive technology
ATTC
Addiction Technology Transfer Center

B

BD
Behavior disordered
BHN
Behavioral Health Network
BISHCA
Vermont’s Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities and Health Care Authority
BPD
Borderline personality disorder
BRFSS
Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System: a telephone survey of adults in Vermont, conducted by the Vermont Department of Health. The survey covers issues such as health status, exercise, diabetes, immunization, asthma, cardiovascular disease, tobacco and alcohol use, seatbelts, suicide, and depression.

C

CAFU
Child, Adolescent & Family Unit (of the Department of Mental Health)
CAN
Child abuse and neglect.
CAP
Center Accreditation Project. A national certification project for quality child care programs.
CAS
Community Alternatives Specialist
CASSP
Child and Adolescent Services System Program. Funded by the National Institute of Mental Health in 28 states and three local communities to plan, develop and implement services for children and adolescents with serious emotional impairments.
CBT
Cognitive Behavior Therapy. A type of mental-health therapy used as evidence-based treatment for specific diagnoses.
CCISC
Comprehensive, continuous, integrated system of care (for individuals with co-occurring psychiatric and substance-abuse diagnoses)
CDA
Child Development Associate. Training and certification program for Head Start and child care staff.
CDC
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
CEC
Council on Exceptional Children. Professional organization for persons serving exceptional school-age children.
CH
Child (or Children’s)
CHPPR
[University of New England] Center for Health Policy, Planning and Research
CIP
Core Indicators Project
CIR
Critical Incident Report
CMC
Clara Martin Center, a designated agency for Orange County. See also CMHC and DA.
CMHC
Community Mental Health Center. A facility providing local mental health services run by a private, nonprofit organization. See also Designated Agency.
CMHS
Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS), a federal agency, part of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, or SAMHSA)
CMS
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
COD
Co-occurring disorder(s): mental illness and substance abuse
CODTP
Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment Program
COSIG
Co-occurring State Infrastructure Grant (a grant awarded the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to support systems change to accommodate integration of treatment for mental illness and substance abuse)
CP (1)
Cerebral palsy.
CP (2)
Certified Provider
CPAP
Clinical Practices Advisory Panel
CPS/CPT
Child Protective Services/Child Protection Team. State or county agency responsible for addressing issues of child abuse and neglect. Regional teams are empanelled by the Commis­sioner of the Department for Children and Families to review situations and recommend strategies and services.
CQI
Continuous Quality Improvement
CR
Conditional Release (from the Vermont State Hospital)
CRC
Case Review Committee, a subcommittee of the State Interagency Team (SIT, see below) that reviews proposed placements of children and adolescents in residential treatment programs
 
CRT
Community Rehabilitation & Treatment: community-based programs for adults with severe and persistent mental illness
CSAC
Counseling Service of Addison County, a designated agency. See also CMHC and DA.
 
CSAP
Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (federal), part of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
 
CSAT
Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (federal), part of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
C-SIR
Caseload Segregation/Integration Ratio. Basically C-SIR measures the degree to which local systems of care share responsibility for children and adolescents. Vermont is now measuring the overlap of caseloads among DMH, the Youth Justice Unit of the Department for Children and Families, and Department of Education programs for youth with an emotional or behavioral dis­ability. 
CSP (1)
Community Support Program. Federally funded programs (through the National Institute of Mental Health) to develop community support systems for persons with long-term psychiatric disabilities
CSP (2)
Coordinated Service Plan. Interagency plan to help meet the needs of children and adolescents experiencing a severe emotional disturbance. Children meeting eligibility criteria are entitled to such a plan under Vermont’s Act 264; there is not necessarily an entitlement to services, however.
CST
Child Study Team. A team consisting of the parents of a child with a handicap and professionals serving the child, convened to develop long- and short-range goals for the child's progress.
CUPS
Children’s Upstream Services Grant (of several years ago) to serve children, ages 0-6, with mental-health issues and their families and caretakers. Teams are now under the auspices of the Child Development Division of the Department for Children and Families (DCF, see below).
CVMC
Central Vermont Medical Center, a designated hospital in Berlin/Montpelier

D

DA
Designated Agency: Same as CMHC. See also the Administrative Rules for Agency Designation.
DAIL
Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living
DBT
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (treatment for persons with BPD)
DCF
Department for Children and Families (formerly the Department for Social and Rehabilitation Services, or SRS).
DD (1)
Developmental disability/delay
DD (2)
Dysthymic disorder: defined in DSM-IV-TR (code 300.4) as a chronically depressed mood that occurs for most of the day for more days than not for at least two years. For children and adolescents, there may instead be a chronically irritable mood that occurs for most of the day for more days than not for at least one year.
DEC
Division of Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children. The professional organization for persons serving preschool children with handicaps.
DH
Designated hospital (local general hospital with psychiatric unit, designated by the Commissioner of Mental Health to take involuntary patients)
DHHS
United States Department of Health and Human Services.
DIG
Data Infrastructure Grant: successor to the Performance Indicator Project. Nationwide data project sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to make data collection and reporting consistent and reliable in all states and territories.
DLP
Disability Law Project
DMH
Department of Mental Health
DOC
Department of Corrections (Vermont)
DOE
Department of Education (United States or state)
DOJ
Department of Justice (federal)
DSM IV
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (4th Edition Revised.) A classification system for mental illnesses developed by the American Psychiatric Association.
D.S.W.
Doctoral degree in Social Work
DVR
Division of Vocational Services – see also VR

E

EBD
Emotional and behavioral disorder (more commonly used now than ED; see below)
E-Bed
Emergency Bed
EBP
Evidence-based practices: Those practices for which consistent scientific evidence shows that they improve client outcomes. The scientific evidence is comprised of several randomized clinical trials (or quasi-experimental studies with comparison groups) in a variety of typical community mental health settings.
ECSC
Early Childhood Steering Committee
ECT
Electroconvulsive Therapy
ED
Emotionally disturbed
EDS
Electronic Data Systems
EE
Emergency Exam for psychiatric disorder
EEE
Essential Early Education
EEG
Electroencephalogram. A test which measures electrical impulses in the brain.
EFS
Enhanced Family Services
EH
Emotionally handicapped
EHB Essential Health Benefit(s)
EHR Electronic Health Record(s)
EMRD Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing:  a phased, information-processing therapy for a wide range of mental health conditions, including trauma.
EMR
Electronic Medical Records
EOMB Explanation of Member Benefits (a responsibility of EDS)
EPSDT
Early Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment: enacted by Congress to reduce infant mortality and improve access to child health services. It mandates that a comprehensive set of services be available to children enrolled in Medicaid.
ER Emergency Room
ERP Enterprise Resource Planning
ES Emergency Services

F

FAA
Families as Allies Project, Research & Training Center, Portland State University, Portland, OR
FAHC
Flecher Allen Health Care, a designated hospital in Burlington
FAPE
A free and appropriate public education.
FCC Federal Communications Commission
FEMA
Federal Emergency Management Agency
FERPA
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. (Student School Records Act.) Federal regulation governing confidentiality of student records and parental rights of access and consent to release.
FF(1)
Families First
FF(2)
Federal Fiscal [Year]
FFF
Flexible Family Funding
FFP
Federal financial participation
FFS
Fee for Service
FFY
Federal fiscal year
FMAP Federal Medical Assistance Percentage
FPE
Family Psychoeducation (an evidence-based practice for adults with severe mental illness)
FPL
Federal Poverty Level
FQHC Federally Qualified Health Center
FTE
Full-time equivalent. A full-time employee for a DA works 37.5 hours per week.
FY
Fiscal year. For business purposes, the State of Vermont has established July 1-June 30 as its fiscal year; the federal government has established October 1-September 30 as its fiscal year.

G

GAF
Global Assessment of Functioning
GAIN Global Assessment of Individual Need
GAS
Goal Attainment Scoring
GC
Global Commitment to Health: a five-year waiver negotiated between Vermont and the federal government to increase flexibility of spending options and accountability for outcomes in exchange for a cap on Medicaid expenditures (in effect October 1, 2005-September 30, 2010).
GCF
Global Commitment funds
GCW
Governor’s Commission on Women
GF
General Fund
GH
Group Home
GMPCC Green Mountain Psychiatric Care Center
GOVnet
The State of Vermont’s statewide communication infrastructure

H

HBK&F Healthy Babies, Kids & Families
HC
Howard Center, a designated agency in Chittenden County. See also CMHC and DA.
HCBS
Home and community-based services
HCBW
Home and Community-based Waiver
HCRSSV
Health Care and Rehabilitation Services of Southeastern Vermont, a designated agency in Windsor and Windham counties. See also CMHC and DA.
HEDIS Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set: a tool used by more than 90% of health plans in the United States to measure performance of important dimensions of care and service.  In all, HEDIS consists of 71 measures across eight domains of care.
HHS
Department of Health and Human Services (federal)
HIE
Health Insurance Exchange
HI
Home Intervention (hospital-diversion program at WCMH)
HIPAA
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
HIQ
Health Intake Questionnaire
HIS
Health Information System (DVHA)
HIQ Health Intake Questionnaire
HMIS Homeless Management Information System
HRD
Human Resources Development
HRP High Risk Pool
HRSA Health Resources and Services Administration (federal)
HUD Housing and Urban Development (federal)

I

I & R
Information and Referral
ICCD
International Center for Clubhouse Development
ICT Interactive Communication Technologies
IDDT
Integrated Dual-Diagnosis Treatment (an evidence-based practice for people with dual diagnoses of mental illness and substance abuse)
IDEA
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
IdptF
Interdepartmental transfer funds
IEP
Individualized Education Plan. A written plan of services for a child in need of specialized education services because of a handicap; developed jointly by parents and school personnel as required under Public Law 94-142.
IFBS Intensive Family Based Services
IFS Integrated Family Services
IFSP
Individual Family Services Plan. Written objectives for each child 0-2, addressing both the child's and family's needs in the early intervention program.
IGA Intergovernmental Agreement (under Global Commitment to Health)
IMR
Illness Management & Recovery (an evidence-based practice for adults w/severe mental illness)
IOA Inpatient Options Analysis
IOM Institute of Medicine
IPC
Individual Plan of Care (treatment plan)
IPP
Individual Program Plan
IPS(1)
Individual Placement and Support (now more commonly referred to as evidence-based Supported Employment)
IPS(2) Intentional Peer Supports: an approach with people used by the Mental Health Transformation Grant’s Peer Recovery Service Providers
IRR Intensive Residential Recovery
ISB
Individualized Services Budget – Children’s Mental Health
ISO
Intermediary Service Organization
ISP
Individualized Service Plan
IT
Information Technology

J

JC Joint Commission
JL
Vermont Consent Decree governing involuntary nonemergency psychiatric medication based on the concept of substituted judgment—obsolete. See Act 114.
JOBS
Jump on Board for Success: employment and case management programs for youth between the ages of sixteen and twenty-one with EBD. The programs involve a partnership among VR, DMH, DCF, and DOC to expand services and employment outcomes for adolescents transition­ing to adult life.
JR
Judicial Review

L

LCMHS
Lamoille County Mental Health Services, a designated agency. See also CMHC and DA.
LEA
Local Educational Agency
LGBTQ Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered and Questioning (individuals)
LICSW Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
LIP Licensed Independent Professional: used to describe medical practitioners authorized to initiate involuntary emergency procedures.
LIS
Limited-income subsidy (or low-income subsidy): “extra help” offered under Medicare Part D for beneficiaries dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid coverage
LIT
Local Interagency Team (Children’s Services)
LOCUS Level of Care Utilization of Services for psychiatric and addiction services
LOS
Length of stay
LPSC Local Program Standing Committee
LRE
Least Restrictive Environment.

M

MBD
Minimal brain dysfunction.
MCIS
Managed Care Information System
MCE Managed Care Entity
MCO Managed Care Organization
MED
Mental or emotional disturbance (or disorder.)
MH
Mental Health
MHA
Mental Health Association. A nonprofit citizens’ organization dedicated to legislative advocacy on behalf of adults with mental illness and children with serious emotional disturbances. Other services include public education and prevention of abuse and family problems and sponsorship of parent support groups.
MHBG Mental Health Block Grant (from SAMHSA/CMHS)
MHPAEA Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (federal)
MHISSION-VT Mental Health Intergovernmental Service System Interactive Online Network for Vermont
MHSIP
Mental Health Statistics Improvement Project—obsolete. See DIG.
M/SUD
(services for ) Mental health/substance use disorders
MI (1)
Mentally impaired/ill.
MI (2)
Motivational interviewing
MIS
Management Information System
MMIS Medicaid Management Information System (Vermont)
MMPI
Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory. A personality assessment tool widely used in making psychological evaluations. Ordinarily given to persons 16 years of age and older.
MMSE
Mini Mental State Examination
MPB
Migrant Program Branch. A federal Head Start program serving Native American children who reside on reservations and migrant children.
MSR
Monthly service report: data on clients served and services provided by DAs/SSAs, sent to VDH/DMH as part of business functions for DMH, ADAP, and DAIL.
MSW
Master's degree in Social Work

N

NASMHPD
National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors
NAEYC
National Association for the Education of Young Children, a professional organization for persons in early childhood education.
NAMI
National Alliance for Mental Illness. A national self-help organization of mentally ill persons, their families and friends.
NAMI—VT
The Vermont chapter of the National Alliance for Mental Illness
NAPPI
Non-Abusive Physical and Psychological Intervention
NASMHPD National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors
NBHQF National Behavioral health Quality Framework
NCQA National Committee for Quality Assurance
NCSS
Northwestern Counseling and Support Services, a designated agency for Franklin and Grand Isle counties. See also CMHC and DA.
NCTSI National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative (from SAMHSA/CMHS)
NCTSN The National Child Traumatic Stress Network
NERCEP
New England Rehabilitation Continuing Education Program (organization that provides training for employment providers
NECT New England Telehealth Consortium
NFI
Northeastern Family Institute, a specialized service agency (SSA, see below) in children’s mental health
NKHS
Northeast Kingdom Human Services, a designated agency for Caledonia, Essex, and Orleans counties. See also CMHC and DA.
NICHCY
National Information Center for Handicapped Children and Youth. A free information service that assists parents, educators, caregivers and others in ensuring that all children and youth with disabilities have a better opportunity to reach their fullest potential.
NIDRR
National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research. A federal agency that funds research and services for persons with physical or mental disabilities. Part of the United States Department of Education.
NIH National Institute of Health
NIMBY
Not in my back yard!
NIMH
National Institute of Mental Health. A federal agency, part of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, that sponsors research and demonstration activities to increase knowledge and improve services in the field of mental health.
NMHA
National Mental Health Association. See MHA.
NOMS
National Outcome Measures: system developed jointly by SAMHSA, the states, and the District of Columbia. Tracks and measures real-life outcomes for people in recovery from mental-health and substance-abuse disorders.
NQS National Quality Strategy (federal)
NREPP National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices
NRI
NASMHPD’s National Research Institute
NTAC
National Technical Assistance Center (for children’s mental health)

O

OBS
Observation: a forensic status for admission to inpatient care for a psychiatric evaluation in criminal cases.
OCD
Obsessive-compulsive disorder
OCR Office of Civil Rights (federal)
ODD
Oppositional defiant disorder: defined in DSM-IF-TR (code 313.81) as a recurrent pattern of negativistic, defiant, disobedient and hostile behavior toward authority figures that persists for at least six months.
OH
Order of Hospitalization
ONC Office of the National Coordinator (for Health Information Technology) (federal)
ONH
Order of Non-Hospitalization
OT
Occupational therapy or occupational therapist.
OVHA
Office of Vermont Health Access: Manages the state’s Medicaid funding available for reimbursing the approved doctors, nurses, therapists, and clinicians who provide medically necessary services for Vermonters who are eligible for Medicaid.

P

P1
Priority One
P2P
Parent to Parent of Vermont (now Vermont Family Network—see VFN, below)
P & A
Protection and Advocacy. State agency providing advocacy activities on behalf of persons with developmental disabilities and mental illness. 
PA(1)
Physician’s Assistant
PA(2) Prior Authorization
PACT
Program in Assertive Community Treatment, a different acronym for the same EBP
PASARR
Preadmission screening and annual resident review (for admission to nursing homes)
PASS
Plan for Achieving Self-sufficiency (savings account administered through the Social Security Administration)
 
PATH
Projects for Assistance in the Transition from Homelessness (federal program to aid people who are homeless)
PBHCI Primary and Behavioral Health Care Integration: a 2009 federal initiative through SAMHSA to support efforts of community-based behavioral health agencies in building partnerships and infrastructure needed to initiate or expand the provision of primary healthcare services for people in treatment for severe mental illness (SMI) and substance-use disorders.
PBIS Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports: an evidence-based educational initiative with links to school-based mental health.  For Vermont, see http://www.pbisvermont.org/.
PCC Patient Care Services
PCMH
Program in Community Mental Health
PDD
Pervasive developmental disorder: defined in DSM-IV-TR (code 299 range) as a group of disorders characterized by severe and pervasive impairment in several areas of development: reciprocal social interaction skills, communication skills, or the presence of stereotyped behavior, interest and activities. PDD includes Autistic Disorder, Rett’s Disorder, Childhood Disintegrative Disorder, Asperger’s Disorder, and PDD Not Otherwise Specified.
PDP
Prescription drug plan (under Medicare Part D’s prescription drug coverage)
Ph.D.
Doctor of Philosophy
PHS Public Health Service Act (federal)
 
PIC
Parent Information Center. Parent information and support programs funded by the United States Department of Education.
 
PIP
Performance Indicator Project: also a brief mental-health indicator report distributed weekly to a broad community of stakeholders. See also DIG. 
PLL Parenting with Love and Limits
PMIS
Provider Management Information System
PNMI
Private nonmedical institutions for residential child care, part of Vermont’s Medicaid program. The state funds a network of PNMIs to provide treatment for children and adolescents (ages seven to eighteen) and their families. The treatment is designed to build on strengths and return children to their homes and communities whenever possible and appropriate.
PORT (Schizophrenia) Patient Outcomes Research Team
PPV
Preplacement Visit (from the Vermont State Hospital)
PRAMS
Pregnancy Risk Assessment Management Survey
 
PRC
Psychiatric Research Center (Dartmouth)
PRI
Practices requiring improvement
PRO-ACT
Professional Assault Crisis Training—principles for dealing with violence (previously used at Vermont State Hospital)
PT
Physical therapy or physical therapist
PTI
Parent Training and Information Center. See PIC.
PTSD
Post-traumatic stress disorder

Q

QA
Quality Assurance
QAPI Quality Assurance/Performance Improvement (Program): a collaboration between DVHA and its Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) partners under the Global Commitment Waiver to conduct performance improvement projects, calculate and report on performance measures, review utilization and assess quality appropriateness for special populations.
QHP Qualified Health Plan(s)
QI
Quality Improvement
QM
Quality Management
QMHP
Qualified Mental Health Professional

R

RAISE Recovery After an Initial Schizophrenia Episode
RCH Residential Care Home
RHC
Retreat Health Care, the adult inpatient unit of the Brattleboro Retreat, in Brattleboro. RHC is a designated hospital.
REV
Revocation
REV/ONH
Revocation of an Order of Non-Hospitalization
RMHS
Rutland Mental Health Services, a designated agency. See also CMHC and DA.
RN
Registered Nurse
RRC
Regional Resource Centers. Federally funded programs responsible for training and technical assistance to staff who serve school age children with handicaps
RRI
Regional Research Institute for Human Services. Portland State University, Portland, Oregon.
RRMC
Rutland Regional Medical Center, a designated hospital in Rutland
RR
Resource and referral
RS
Research and Statistics
RT
Research and Training Centers (or R & T Centers). Thirty-six centers funded by NIDRR to provide research, training and technical assistance to consumers with disabilities and service providers. Two centers focus on the needs of children and youth with emotional handicaps. These two centers are also supported by NIMH and are located at the University of South Florida and at Portland State University in Oregon.
RWJ
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

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S

SABG
Substance Abuse Block Grant (from SAMHSA)
SAMHSA
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (federal)
SAPTBG Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant (federal)
SBIRT Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment:  early intervention to prevent worsening of mental disorders
SBS
Success Beyond Six: originally a Vermont funding strategy to provide needed mental-health services to children in school-based settings to help keep students in their local schools and able to benefit from the education offered. Contracts for various services were between schools or supervisory unions (requesting specific services and paying state general funds as match) and designated agencies (providing services requested and drawing down federal Medicaid funds). Currently being developed into a statewide program.
SCC Specialized Community Care
SCHIP
State Children’s Health Insurance Program
SE
Supported Employment (in general for individuals with disabilities; evidence-based SE refers specifically to the model used for individuals with severe mental illness)
SEA
State educational agency
SED
Serious emotional disturbance. Also commonly: EH for "emotionally handicapped," ED for “emotional disability,” or EBD for “emotional/behavioral disability.”
SEOW State Epidemiological Outcomes Workgroups
SF
State Fiscal [Year]
SFI Severe Functional Impairment or Severely Functionally Impaired
SGA
Substantial gainful activity (used in determining Social Security benefits)
SHAY State Health Authority Yardstick: state-level assessment tool for implementing and sustaining an evidence-based practice.
SIT
State Interagency Team (Children’s Services)
SMHA
State Mental Health Agency
SMHRCY
State Mental Health Representatives for Children and Youth. The professional people in each state responsible for the planning, development and management of public child mental-health services. A division of the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors.
SOC
System of care
SPA (Medicaid) State Plan Amendment
SFI-SIG Strategic Prevention Framework—State Incentive Grant
SPMI
Severe and Persistent Mental Illness (sometimes SMI, severe mental illness)
SPSC State Program Standing Committee: DMH has two, one for adults with mental illnesses, and one for children and adolescents experiencing a severe emotional disturbance and their families.  Mandated by Administrative Rules on Agency Designation.
SRC State Rehabilitation Council: review board for Vermont Voc-Rehab
SRR Secure Residential Recovery (Facility)
SS
Social services.
SSA (1)
Social Security Administration. A federal agency that administers Social Security and disability benefits.
SSA (2)
Specialized Service Agency for developmental or mental-health services (must meet criteria as defined in § 5.1 of the Administrative Rules on Agency Designation)
SSDI
Social Security Disability Insurance. A federal program administered by the SSA.
SSI
Supplemental Security Income. A federal program administered by the SSA.
STB Short Term Beds
SUD Substance Use Disorder
SWOT Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats
SX6
Success By Six

T

TAY Transition Aged Youth
T&TA
Training and Technical Assistance
TBI
Traumatic Brain Injury
TCR
Therapeutic community residence
TF-CBT Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
THTI Transition Housing Toward Independence
TIC Trauma Informed Care
TIP
Transition to Independence Process: model for delivering developmentally appropriate services to youth (JOBS—see above—is an example of a TIP-model program in Vermont)
TTL
Total
TTW
Ticket to Work (also known as TTWWIIA, Ticket to Work and Work Incentive Improvement Act)
TX
Treatment

U

UCS
United Counseling Service of Bennington County, a designated agency. See also CMHC and DA.

V

VAC
Vermont Adoption Consortium
VAHHS
Vermont Association of Hospital and Health Systems
VAMH
Vermont Association for Mental Health
VAMHAR Vermont Association for Mental Health and Addiction Recovery (formerly VAMH)
VCDMHS
Vermont Council of Developmental and Mental Health Services
VCDR
Vermont Coalition for Disability Rights
VCF
Vermont Children’s Forum
VCHIP
Vermont Child Health Improvement Program (through the University of Vermont)
VCIL
Vermont Center for Independent Living
VCIN
Vermont Crisis Intervention Network
VCORP
Vermont Coalition of Residential Programs
VCRHYP
Vermont Coalition of Runaway and Homeless Youth Programs
VCTC Vermont Child Trauma Collaborative
VDH
Vermont Department of Health
VFAFA
Vermont Foster and Adoptive Families Association
VFFCMH
Vermont Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health
VFN
Vermont Family Network (as of July 1, 2008): merger of VPIC (see below) and Parent to Parent of Vermont (P2P)
VHAP Vermont Health Access Program
VISI
Vermont Integrated Services Initiative
VP&A
Vermont Protection and Advocacy
VPA (1)
Vermont Psychiatric Association
VPA (2)
Vermont Psychological Association
VPIC
Vermont Parent Information Center
VPS
Vermont Psychiatric Survivors
VPQHC
Vermont Program for Quality in Health Care
VR
Vocational Rehabilitation 
VSA Vermont Statutes Annotated
VSACC Vermont Southern Alliance for Community Care
VSH
Vermont State Hospital

W

WC
The Windham Center, a designated hospital in Bellows Falls (the WC is the psychiatric unit of the Springfield Hospital)
WCMHS
Washington County Mental Health Services, a designated agency. See also CMHC and DA.
WIC
Women, Infants, and Children
WISC
Wechsler Tests
WRAP
Wellness Recovery Action Plan (used as part of Recovery Education as developed by Mary Ellen Copeland)
WRAT
Wide Range Achievement Test. A short test for evaluating basic skills of spelling, arithmetic and reading. The WRAT is widely used by schools for testing educational achievement.

Y

 
YIT Youth in Transition (federal grant)
YPI Youth and Police Initiative