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
COSP
Consumer Operated Service Provider (also known as a Peer Run Program)

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
ECO
Emergency Custody Order
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
PRP
Peer Run Program (also known as a Consumer Operated Service Provider)
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
TDO
Temporary Detaining Order
UVA
University of Virginia

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