Acronym Glossary


AA Alcoholics Anonymous
AAIDD American Association of Intellectual Developmental Disabilities
ACA Affordable Care Act: The Affordable Care Act is a health care law that aims to improve our current health care system by  increasing access to health coverage for Americans and introducing new protections for people who have health insurance (which is the collective term for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Pub. L. 111-148) and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act (Pub. L. 111-152)).
ACTT Assertive Community Treatment Team
ADA Americans With Disabilities Act (Federal)
ADATC Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment Center
ADD Attention Deficit Disorder
ADETS Alcohol Drug Education Training School
ADHD Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder
ALF Assisted Living Facility
AMP Average Manufacturer Price
AOC Administrative Office Of The Courts
ASANC Association Of Self-Advocates Of North Carolina
ASNC Autism Society Of North Carolina
AWP Average Wholesale Price
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BBA Balanced Budget Act of 1997
BC/BS Blue Cross / Blue Shield
BHP Basic Health Program
BIANC Brain Injury Association Of North Carolina
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CABHA Critical Access Behavioral Health Agency
CASP Cross-Area Service Program
CASSP Child And Adolescent Service System Program
CC Closed Captioned
CCD Consortium Of Citizens With Disabilities


The Carolinas Center for Medical Excellence: Quality Improvement Organizations (QIOs) monitor the appropriateness, effectiveness, and quality of care provided to Medicare beneficiaries. They are private contractor extensions of the federal government that work under the auspices of the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).Community Care of North Carolina
CCT Comprehensive Crisis Treatment
CDT Continuing Day Treatment
CFR Code of Federal Regulations
CFS Child And Family Services
CFAC Consumer and Family Advisory Committee
CFSA-NC Children and Family Services Association – NC
CHAMPUS Civilian Health And Medical Program of The Uniformed Services
CHIP Children’s Health Insurance Program (federal)
CHIPRA Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009
CMS Federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
COA Council on Accreditation
CPE Certified Public Expenditure
CoP Conditions of Participation
CPS Child Protective Services
CQI Continuous Quality Improvement
CST Community Support Team
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DHHS North Carolina Department of Health and Human Service: Large government agency in the U.S. state of North Carolina, somewhat analogous to the United States Department of Health and Human Services. The DHHS has more than 19,000 employees. It is headed by a Secretary, who is appointed by the governor. Among its divisions are:Division of Social Services (DSS)

Division of Public Health (DPH)

Division of Medical Assistance (DMA)

DOA Division Of Aging
DB Deaf Blind
DD Developmental Disability, Developmentally Delayed
DDS Disability Determination Services
DDST Denver Developmental Screening Test
DDTI Developmental Disabilities Training Institute (UNC-CH)
DHHS NC Department of Health And Human Services
DHSR Division of Health Service Regulation
DIRM Division of Information Resource Management
DMA Division of Medical Assistance
DMH/DD/SAS Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services
DOC Department of Correction
DOE Department of Education (federal)
DOJ Department of Justice (federal)
DPH Division of Public Health
DPI Department of Public Instruction
DRA Deficit Reduction Act of 2005
DSB Division of Services For The Blind
DSDHH Division of Services For The Deaf And Hard of Hearing
DSH Disproportionate Share Hospital
DSS Department of Social Services (county)
Division of Social Services (state)
DT Day Treatment
DUR Drug Utilization Review
DWAC DHHS Waiver Advisory Committee
DWI Driving While Impaired
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EANC Epilepsy Association of North Carolina
ECS Electronic Claim Submission
EI Early Intervention
ELP Essential Lifestyle Plan
EMT Executive Management Team
EPSDT Early Periodic Screening, Diagnosis And Treatment
EQRO External Quality Review Organization
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FAA Families As Allies (Affiliate of Federation Of Families)
FAS Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
FBI Federal Bureau of Investigation
FBT Family-Based Treatment
FCAN Families CAN
FDA Food and Drug Administration
FES Family Empowerment Scale
FFS Fee-For-Service
FMAP Federal Medical Assistance Percentage
FOIA Freedom of Information Act
FPL Federal poverty level
FSN Family Support Network
FUL Federal Upper Limit
GACPD Governor’s Advocacy Council for Persons With Disabilities
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HCBS Home and Community-Based Services
HCFAC Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control
HHA Home Health Agency
HHS [U.S. Department of] Health and Human Services
HIPAA Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
HUD Department Of Housing And Urban Development
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ICF Intermediate Care Facility
ICF-MR/DD Intermediate Care Facility for Persons With Mental Retardation and Other Developmental Disabilities
IDD Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
IDEA Individuals With Disabilities Education Act
IEP Individualized Education Program
IFSP Individual Family Services Plan
ILC Independent Living Center
IMT Intra-departmental Monitoring Team
IPRS Integrated Payment and Reimbursement System
IRIS Incident Response Improvement System
IRS Internal Revenue Service
IST Individual Service Team
IVC Involuntary Commitment
JJSAMHP Juvenile Justice Substance Abuse Mental Health Partnership
JOBS Job Opportunities and Basic Skills Program (Required Under AFDC)
JTPA Job Training Partnership Act
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LCSW Licensed Clinical Social Worker
LDA Learning Disabilities Association of North Carolina
LME Local Management Entity
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MAGI Modified adjusted gross income
MOA Memorandum of Agreement
MCE Managed Care Entity4141095000211964
MCO Managed Care Organization
MCT Mobile Crisis Team
MFCU Medicaid Fraud Control Unit
MHA/NC Mental Health Association of North Carolina
MIP Medicaid Integrity Program
MRA Work First Mutual Responsibility Agreement
MSIS Medicaid Statistical Information System
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NA Narcotics Anonymous
NAMI-NC National Alliance for The Mentally Ill – North Carolina
NAMI-CAN National Alliance for The Mentally Ill – Children & Adolescent Network
NCCI National Correct Coding Initiative
NCH National Coalition for the Homeless
NICU Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
NIMH National Institute of Mental Health
NMHA National Mental Health Association
NPI National Provider Identifier
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OAH Office of Administrative Hearings
ODD Oppositional Defiant Disorder
OIG Office of Inspector General
OMB Office of Management and Budget
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P & A Protection and Advocacy
PARIS Public Assistance Reporting Information System
PBH The LME formerly named Piedmont Behavioral HealthCare
P.L. Public Law (Federal Law)
PCG Public Consulting Group: an audit company and agent of DHHS
PCP Person Centered Plan
PCS Personal Care Services
PDD Pervasive Developmental Disorder
PHP Partial Hospitalization Program
PI Program Integrity
PICU Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
PIHP Prepaid Inpatient Health Plan
PMPM Per Member Per Month
POC Plan of Correction
PRTF Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility
PSA Public Service Announcement
PTI Parent Training and Information Centers
PTSD Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
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QHP Qualified Health Plan
QIP Quality Improvement Plan
QPSA Qualified Professional in Substance Abuse
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RAC Recoupment Audit Companies
RCC Residential Care Center
RFP Request for Proposals
RMS Random Moment Sampling
RMSS Random Moment Sampling System
RMTS Random Moment Time Study
RWJ Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
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SAMHSA Substance Abuse And Mental Health Services Administration
SAU School Administrative Unit
SBA Spina Bifida Association
SBIRT Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral & Treatment
SCFAC State Consumer and Family Advisory Committee
SSA Social Security Administration
SSDI Social Security Disability Insurance
SSN Social Security Number
SSI Supplemental Security Income
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TANF Temporary Aid to Needy Families
TBI Traumatic Brain Injury
TDD Telecommunication Device For Persons Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
TEACCH Treatment and Education of Autistic Children and Other Communication Handicaps
TS Tourettes Syndrome or Tuberous Sclerosis
TFS Targeted Family Services
TCM Targeted Case Management
TTY Teletext Typewriter Device
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UCP United Cerebral Palsy
UM/UR Utilization Management/Utilization Review
UPL Upper Payment Limit
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VA Veterans Affairs
VR Vocational Rehabilitation
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WCH Women’s and Children’s Health
WFB Work First Benefits
WIC Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants, and Children

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