Resource Center Acronyms

ABC Autism Behavior Checklist
AD Autistic Disorder
ADA Americans with Disabilities Act. This act prohibits discrimination against persons with a mental or physical disability.
ADHD Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
ADI-R Autism Diagnostic Interview – Revised
ADL  Activities of Daily Living. Refers to the day-to-day activities with everyone performs to take care of themselves, e.g. showering, dressing.
ADOS   Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule
AIT Auditory Integration Training
AMAP Approved Medication Administration Personnel. Direct Support Staff who are certified to administer medications in OMRDD certified settings.
AOT Assisted Outpatient Treatment. Court mandated treatment of a person with mental illness.
APS Adult Protective Service. Agency that provides emergency assistance to adults who are at risk as a result of a mental or physical impairment that prevents them from caring for themselves or protecting themselves from harm and who have no one in their lives to assist them. The agency helps with legal and social protective services.

Autism Spectrum Disorder

BOCES Board of Cooperative Educational Services
CA Chronological Age
CARS Childhood Autism Rating Scale
CCR&R Child Care Resources and Referral
CDT Continuing Day Treatment
CHAT Checklist for Autism in Toddlers
CM Case Manager/Management
CMS Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The Federal agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that is responsible for Medicare and Medicaid.


CPEP Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program. A specialized emergency room.
CPS Child Protective Services
CPSE Committee on Preschool Special Education
CTP Comprehensive Treatment Plan. Document describing a person’s strengths and weaknesses and plans for clinical service provision in behavioral health.
DD Developmental Disability. A disability attributed to mental retardation (MR), cerebral palsy, epilepsy, neurological impairment, autism or other condition closely related to MR, originating before age 22, has continued or can be expected to continue indefinitely and constitutes a substantial handicap to a person’s ability to function in daily life.
DP Developmental Disabilities Profile. An OMRDD instrument used to document the characteristics of a person with developmental disabilities that are related to their services needs. It is used to describe, plan, and manage the system of developmental services.
DDSO Developmental Disabilities Services Office. The local office of OMRDD responsible for coordinating services within a particular region.
DDT Developmental Day Treatment. A combination of diagnostic, treatment, and habilitative services provided to persons with developmental disabilities who need a range of clinically supported and structured services.
DMH Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities
DOH Department of Health
DOHMH NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
DQ Developmental quotient
DSM III Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorder, Third Edition (American Psychiatric Association)
DSM III-R Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorder - Revised, Third Edition (American Psychiatric Association)
DSM IV Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorder, Fourth Edition (American Psychiatric Association)
DSS Department of Social Services
ECDC Early Childhood Direction Center
EEG Electroencephalograph
EEOC Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
EI Early Intervention Program
EIOP Early Intervention Office Designee
FAPE Free Appropriate Public Education
GM Gaze monitoring
GP General Practitioner
Gp Group
HCBS Home and Community Based Services. Also known as “waiver” services. Medicaid long-term dollars are used to support people in the community. Waiver services include residential habilitation, day habilitation, supported employment (SEMP), pre-vocational services, respite, adaptive equipment, environmental modifications, plan of care support services, family education and training and consolidated support and services.
HCFA Health Care Financing Administration. Federal agency that oversees administration of Medicaid and Medicare. See also “CMS”.
HIPAA Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. A comprehensive federal law for the protection of individually identifiable health care information.
ICD-10  International Classification of Disease, Tenth Edition
ICF Intermediate Care Facility. A residential facility for persons with mental retardation or related disabilities that provides 24-hour supervision and assistance, and intensive clinical and direct care services with the primary purpose of providing health or rehabilitation services.
ICM Intensive Case Management or Intensive Care Manager
IDEA Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. A federal law that creates a right of all disabled individuals aged 3-21 to receive a free and appropriate public education.
IEP Individual Education Plan
IFSP Individual Family Service Plan
IPRT Intensive Psychiatric Rehabilitation Treatment
IQ Intelligence quotient
IRA Individualized Residential Alternative. IRAs provide room and board and staff supervision appropriate to a person’s need. The Supervised IRA provides 24-hour/7 days a week staff supervision and the Supported IRA provides less than 24-hour staff supervision.
ISFP Individualized Family Service Plan
ISP Individualized Service Plan. A plan written by the Medicaid Service Coordinator, which identifies all supports and services the consumer, receives.
JCAHO Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations
LEA Local Education Agency
LEAP Learning Experiences…An Alternative Program for Preschoolers and Parents
LI SAFE Long Island – Schools are for Everyone
LRE Least Restrictive Environment
MA Mental age
MDI Mental development index
Mo Month
MR Mental retardation
MRI Magnetic resonance imaging
N Number
NAMI National Association for the Mentally Ill. A non-profit advocacy organization of consumers, families, and friends of people with severe mental illness.
NIMH National Institute of Mental Health. The primary Federal research and funding agency for mental health.
NOD Notice of Decision. When a person with a developmental disability applies to participate in HCB Waiver Services, the DDSO reviews the application packet, makes a decision regarding the person’s eligibility and issues a Notice of Decision.
NYS DDPC Developmental Disabilities Planning Council. A federally funded state agency responsible for developing new ways to improve the delivery of services and supports to New Yorkers with developmental disabilities and their families.
OMH Office of Mental Health. NYS agency, also abbreviated “SOMH”. Responsible for planning, administering, and providing mental health services.
OMRDD Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities. New York State’s lead agency responsible for planning, administering, and providing services for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.
OPTS Options for People Through Services. A consumer driven organized health care delivery approach to providing supports and services to individuals with mental retardation and developmental disabilities.
OSC On-Going Service Coordinator
OT Occupational Therapy
PDD Pervasive Developmental Disorder
PDD-NOS Pervasive Developmental Disorder – Not Otherwise Specified
PT Physical Therapy
RTF Residential Treatment Facility
SCIP-R  Strategies for Crisis Intervention and Prevention (Revised). An OMRDD approved curriculum to train staff in techniques to assist and teach individuals with developmental disabilities to maintain self-control. SCIP-R training also teaches staff to utilize proactive methods of behavioral support.
SCM Supportive Case Manager or Management
SCOR Service Coordination Observation Report. The SCOR is a tool for the MSC (Medicaid Service Coordination) to document observation of health, safety, and environmental issues in a certified residential setting.
SD Standard deviation
SED State of Education Department
SEIT Special Education Itinerant Teacher
SEPTA Special Education Parent Teacher Association
SPOA Single Point of Access
SSA Social Security Administration
SSDI Social Security Disability Insurance
SSI Supplemental Security Income
ST Speech Therapy
STAC System to Track and Account for Children
TEACCH  Treatment and Education of Autistic and Communication-Handicapped Children
VABS Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales
VESID Vocational Education Services for Individuals with Disabilities. A NYS agency that funds employment and vocational preparation programs.
Last updated by lynne.barnett on December 10, 2010

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