Do you need help decoding the many acronyms and abbreviations used in meetings and communication about mental health? Your cheat sheet has arrived. This list was created for those of us who would like to participate in meetings where so much lingo is used that it almost sounds like an entirely new language. Many thanks to our super volunteer Lori for putting this together!

VIRGINIA MENTAL HEALTH ACRONYMS

A B C

ADA       Americans with Disabilities Act

AG         Attorney General

APS       Adult Protective Services in DSS

CSB       Community Services Board

D E F

DD           Developmental Disabilities

DMAS       Department of Medical Assistance Services

DOE             US Department of Education

DOJ             US Department of Justice

DRS             Department of Rehabilitative Services

DSS              Department of Social Services

ESH              Eastern State Hospital

G H I

HUD           US Department of Housing and Urban Development

IEP           Individualized Education Plan

J K L

LMEC        Laurie Mitchell Employment Center

M N O

MHAV       Mental Health Association of Virginia

NAMI-VA   National Alliance for the Mentally Ill-Virginia

NGRI          Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity

NVMHI          Northern Virginia Mental Health Institute

OOO               On Our Own

P Q R

PACT              Program of Assertive Community Treatment

PAIMI             Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness

RFP                  Request for Proposal

S T U

SA                   Substance Abuse

SAARA            Substance Abuse Action Recovery Alliance

S&R                 Seclusion and Restraint

SAMHSA         Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

SSA                  US Social Security Administration

SSDI                 Social Security Disability Income

SSI                    Supplemental Security Income

UVA                  University of Virginia

 

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