Mental Health ABC’s


Help to decipher Mental Health acronyms, with links to more information.  Print the Acronym List.  In addition, take a look at this excellent Glossary from Santa Clara Behavioral Health Services.

ACT Assertive Community Treatment
ADL Activities of Daily Living
ANSA Adult Needs and Strengths Assessment
AOT Assisted Outpatient Treatment
APS Adult Protective Services
ARF Adult Residential Facility
ASAM Criteria American Society of Addiction Medicine‘s assessment tool for treatment of substance-use issues.
BOS County Board of Supervisors
CAMHPRO California Association of Mental Health Peer Run Organizations
CANS Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths 
CBHDA County Behavioral Health Directors Association of California
CBHPC California Behavioral Health Planning Council
CCR California Code of Regulations
CDA California Department of Aging
CDSS California Department of Social Services
CFT Child and Family Team
CFTN Capital Facilities & Technological Needs – MHSA Component
CHOC Community Housing Opportunities Corporation
CIBH California Institute of Behavioral Health
CIT Crisis Intervention Team
CMS Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
CPS Customer Perception Surveys (aka POQI)
CSS Community Services and Supports – MHSA Component
DBT Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
DHCS Department of Health Care Services (California)
DSM-V Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders
EDAPT Early Diagnosis and Preventative Treatment (UC Davis Early Psychosis Program)
EPSDT Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment
EQRO External Quality Review Organization (California)
FSP Full Service Partnership
HHSA Health and Human Services Agency – includes Yolo County Mental Health Services
HIPAA Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
IEP Individualized Educational Plan
IHSS In Home Support Services
IMD Institute for Mental Disease (Locked Psychiatric Facilities)
INN Innovation – MHSA Component
IPF Inpatient Psychiatric Facility
LMHB Local Mental Health Board – Advisory board to the Board of Supervisors.
LOC Level of Care (Mental Health)
LOCUS Level of Care Utilization System 
LPS Lanterman-Petris-Short Act
LTC Long Term Care
MEDI/MEDI Both Med-Cal and Medicare coverage
MHP County Mental Health Plan
MHRC Mental Health Rehabilitation Center
MHSA Mental Health Services Act
MOE Maintenance of Effort
MOU Memorandum of Understanding
MSE Mental Status Exam
NAMI National Alliance on Mental Illness
NOA Notice of Action – Medi-Cal
PATH Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness
PEI Prevention and Early Intervention – MHSA Component
PCP Primary Care Physician
PHF Psychiatric Health Facility
POQI Performance Outcomes and Quality Improvement (Customer Perception Surveys)
PROP 63 Proposition 63  (MHSA – Mental Health Services Act)
PTG Pine Tree Gardens
QI Quality Improvement
ROI Release of Information
RFP Request for Proposal
SAMHSA Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (Federal)
SED Severe Emotional Disturbance
SMI Serious Mental Illness
SNF Skilled Nursing Facility
SRF Social Rehabilitation Facility (18 month limit)
SSDI Social Security Disability Insurance
SSI Supplemental Security Income
STEAC Short Term Emergency Aid Committee  (Yolo County)
SUD Substance Use Disorder
TAR Treatment Authorization Request
TAY Transitional Age Youth (ages 16-24)
TCPC Turning Point Community Programs
TDD Telecommunication Device for the Deaf
W&IC Welfare and Institutions Code
WET Workforce Education and Training – MHSA Component
WRAP Wellness Recovery Action Plans
YCCC Yolo Community Care Continuum (pronounced Y Triple C)