Common Abbreviations and Acronyms

The following is a brief list of terms that are likely to be used in the Department of Mental Health. While not inclusive, the list is designed as an initial glossary.

AB Assembly Bill
ACSW Academy of Certified Social Workers
ACT Assertive Community Treatment
ADRDA Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Association
ADT Admission, Discharge, and Transfer
AHA American Hospital Association
AIDS Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome
AMA American Medical Association
AMHA Association of Mental Health Administrators
AMI Alliance for the Mentally Ill
APA American Psychiatric Association or American Psychological
ARC AIDS Related Complex
ASH Atascadero State Hospital
ASO Administrative Services Organization
ASOC Adult’s System of Care

BCP Budget Change Proposal

BHI Boarding Homes and Institutions

BMQA Board of Medical Quality Assurance (Now known as the Medical

Board of California)

BPT Board of Prison Terms

CADPAAC County Alcohol and Drug Program Administrators Association of


CAHF California Association of Health Facilities

CAL Citizens Action League (aka CAL-MH)

CALMH California Association of Local Mental Health Boards and


CAL-OSHA California Occupational Safety and Health Act

CALQIC California Quality Improvement Coordinators

CALWORKS California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids

CAMFT California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists

CAMHAOA California Association of Mental Health Advocates for Older Adults

CAMHPRA California Association of Mental Health Patient Rights Advocates

CAO County Administrative Officer

CARCH California Association of Residential Care Homes

CASIG Client Assessment of Strengths, Interests and Goals

CASRA California Association of Social Rehabilitation Agencies

CASSP Child and Adolescent Service System Program

CATPA Computer Assisted Treatment Plan – Atascadero

CC Cultural Competency

CCAC Cultural Competence Advisory Council

CCCMHA California Council of Community Mental Health Agencies

CCF Community Care Facility

CCH California Association of Children’s Homes

CCR California Code of Regulations

CCTF Cultural Competency Task Force

CDADP California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs

CDC California Department of Corrections

CDS Client Data System (Predecessor of CSI)

CFMTF Client & Family Member Task Force

CFR Code of Federal Regulations

CHA California Health Care Association

CHHSA California Health and Human Services Agency

CIMH California Institute for Mental Health

CLR Community Liaison Representative

CMA California Medical Association

CMAC California Medical Assistance Commission

CMC California Men's Colony

CMF California Medical Facility (Vacaville)

CMHACY California Mental Health Advocates for Children and Youth

CMHC Community Mental Health Center
CMHDA California Mental Health Directors Association
CMHPC California Mental Health Planning Council
CMHS Center for Mental Health Services (Federal)
CNA California Nurses Association
CNMHC California Network of Mental Health Clients (aka "the Network")
COBCP Capital Outlay Budget Change Proposal
COLA Cost of Living Adjustment
CON Certificate of Need
CONREP Forensic Conditional Release Program
CPA California Psychiatric Association
CRC Caregiver Resource Center
CRCAC Community Residential Care Association of California
CR/DC Cost Reporting and Data Collection System
CRTS Community Residential Treatment Systems
CSAC California State Association of Counties
CSEA California State Employees Association
CSI Client Services Information System
CSOC Children’s System of Care
CSPA California State Psychological Association
CSSP Community Support System Project
CSP Community Support Program
CTF Community Treatment Facility
CWDA California Welfare Directors Association
CYA California Youth Authority
DBT Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
DD Developmentally Disabled
DDS Department of Developmental Services
DDTF Dual Diagnosis Task Force
DGS Department of General Services
DHHS Department of Health and Human Services (Federal)
DHS Department of Health Services
DMH Department of Mental Health
DOF Department of Finance
DOIT Department of Information Technology
DPA Department of Personnel Administration
DR Department of Rehabilitation
DRGs Diagnostically Related Groups
DSM IV Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders Fourth Edition
DSS Department of Social Services
EAP Employee Assistance Program
ECT Electroconvulsive Therapy
ED Executive Director
EEO Equal Employment Opportunity
EMHI Early Mental Health Initiative
EPSDT Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment
ERA Expense Reimbursement Agreement
FEMA Federal Emergency Management Administration
FFP Federal Financial Participation
FFS/MC Fee-for-Service Medi-Cal

FFY Funding Fiscal Year (10/1 to 9/30)

FI Fiscal Intermediary

FTE Full Time Equivalent (Staff)

FY Fiscal Year

GC Government Code

HAC Hospital Automation Committees

HAS Hospital Automation System

HCDF Health Care Deposit Fund|
HCFA Health Care Financing Administration (Federal)
HFP Healthy Families Program
HIV Currently preferred clinical name of the AIDS virus (Human
Immunodeficiency Virus)
HMO Health Maintenance Organization
HOAC Health Officers Association of California
HAS Health Systems Agency
HTLV-III Previously the preferred clinical name of the AIDS virus (see HIV)
HWA Health and Welfare Agency (predecessor of CHHSA)
HWDC Health and Welfare Data Center (now known as HHSDC)
HHSDC Health and Human Services Data Center (formerly HWDC)
IA Interagency Agreement
ICD-10 International Classification of Diseases (Tenth Edition)
ICF Intermediate Care Facility
ICF/PR Intermediate Care Facility/Psychiatric Rehabilitation
ICF/SA Intermediate Care Facility/Sub-Acute
IDEA Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 1990
IEP Individualized Education Plan
IFB Invitation for Bid
IMD Institution for Mental Disease
IRB Institutional Review Board
ISA Integrated Services Agency
ISO Information Security Officer

IST Incompetent to Stand Trial

IT Information Technology

JCAHO Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations

JC/PC Judicially Committed/Penal Code

LAN Local Area Network

LAO Legislative Analyst's Office

LCC Lower of Cost or Charges (Federal Reimbursement Policy)

LCSW Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LEA Local Education Agency

LEAP Limited Examination and Appointment Program

LOC Level of Care

LPS Lanterman-Petris-Short Act

LTCS Long Term Care Services

LVN Licensed Vocational Nurse

MAA Medi-Cal Administrative Activity (Claiming)

MC/OS Medi-Cal Oversight

MCP Managed Care Plan

MD Mentally Disabled or Mentally Disordered (or Doctor of Medicine)

MDO Mentally Disordered Offender

MDSO Mentally Disordered Sex Offender

MEDS Medi-Cal Eligibility Data System

MFCC Marriage, Family and Child Counselor

MHAC Mental Health Association of California (aka MHA)

MHB/C Mental Health Advisory Board (in each county) (Sometimes a


MHP Mental Health Plan

MHRC Mental Health Rehabilitation Centers

MHS Mental Health Services

MIA Medically Indigent Adult

MNC Medical Necessity Criteria

MOE Maintenance of Effort

MOU Memorandum of Understanding

MSH Metropolitan State Hospital

MSW Master of Social Work

NAMI National Alliance for the Mentally Ill

NAMI California California Alliance for the Mentally Ill

NASMHPD National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors

NASW National Association of Social Workers

NFP Nominal Fee Provider

NGI Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity

NIAAA National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

NIDA National Institute of Drug Abuse

NIMH National Institute of Mental Health

NLOC Non-Level of Care - staffing

NNA Negotiated Net Amount

NOA Notice of Action

NorQIC Northern California Quality Improvement Coordinators

NR Negotiated Rate

NSH Napa State Hospital

OA Office Automation

OAL Office of Administrative Law

OBRA Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act

OBS Organic Brain Syndrome

OL Office of Legislation (DMH)

OMS Office Multicultural Services - DMH

OSHPD Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development

PACT Programs for Assertive Community Treatment

PAI Protection & Advocacy, Inc.

PASRR Preadmission Screening and Resident Review

PATH Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness

PC Penal Code

PHF Psychiatric Health Facility

PHP Prepaid Health Plan

PIO Public Information Office or Public Information Officer

POS Physicians Orders System

PSH Patton State Hospital

PSRO Professional Standards Review Organization

PST Planned Scheduled Treatment

PSW Psychiatric Social Worker

PT Psychiatric Technician or Physical Therapy/Therapist

QA Quality Assurance

QI Quality Improvement

RCF Residential Care Facility

RFA Request for Application

RFP Request for Proposal

RN Registered Nurse

SAM State Administrative Manual

SAMHSA Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Block

Grant (Federal)

SB Senate Bill

SCO State Controller’s Office

SD Short-Doyle Act

SD/MC Short-Doyle/Medi-Cal

SE Supported Employment

SED Seriously Emotionally Disturbed

SEP Special Education Pupils

SFY State Fiscal Year

SGF State General Fund

SHAB State Hospital Advisory Board

SHIA Supportive Housing Initiative Act

SMA Schedule of Maximum Allowances

SMI Serious Mental Illness

SNF Skilled Nursing Facility

SOC Systems of Care

SOCCO Society of Community Care Operators

SOCI Staff Observations and Client Information

SoCQIC Southern California Quality Improvement Coordinators

SOPS Structured Out-Patient Services

SOTEP Sex Offender Treatment and Evaluation Project

SPB State Personnel Board

SPMP Skilled Professional Medical Personnel

SSI/SSP Supplemental Security Income/State Supplementary Program

STP Special Treatment Program

SVP Sexually Violent Predator

TANF Temporary Assistance to Needy Families

TAR Treatment Authorization Request

TBI Traumatic Brain Injury

T-CON Temporary Conservatorship

TDC Teale Data Center

Title 9 Portion of California Code of Regulations Community Mental Health


TIRU Department of Finance, Technology Investment Review Unit

TOS Treatment Outcome System

UMDAP Uniform Method of Determining Ability to Pay

UR Utilization Review

VLF Vehicle License Fees

VOC-REHAB Related to Vocational-Rehabilitation Issues

VPP Vacaville Psychiatric Program

WIC Welfare and Institutions Code

WIT Worker Injury Tracking

Y2K Year 2000


Commonly referred to as CAMI, the California Alliance for the Mentally Ill is one of the largest mental health constituent organizations in California. The purpose of the organization is to provide support and advocacy on behalf of the families of the mentally ill; CAMI is an affiliate of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI), which has a similar mission on a national level


The California Network of Mental Health Clients often referred to as the "Network" is a statewide self-help network of mental health clients. Developed with grant money from the National Institute of Mental Health and the State Department of Mental Health, the Network has proven successful in representing the voice of the client to the Department and the Legislature. The Network has been very successful in organizing a series of "Consumer Speaks" conferences to increase awareness within the community.


The California Association of Social Rehabilitation Agencies, known as CASRA, is a statewide association of private, nonprofit agencies providing community-based alternatives to institutionalization. The purpose of CASRA is to advocate for the development of community systems of residential and vocational services based on the principles of social rehabilitation.


The Mental Health Association in California is the statewide coordinating organization for the local mental health associations. These associations are not connected to any government entity, and are made up of concerned citizens and professionals interested in the betterment of California's mental health delivery system.


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