Assertive Community Treatment Teams– teams of professionals providing needed services to assist consumers in living independent lives in the community rather than hospital settings.
Americans with Disabilities Act – a federal law protecting the rights of persons living with disabilities.
Attention Deficit Disorder– a mental illness that inhibits the ability to concentrate.
Attention Deficit Hyper-Activity Disorder – A mental disorder that, like ADD, makes it difficult to concentrate; additionally, it makes it difficult to sit still for even short periods of time.
Activities of Daily Living – a measure of a consumer’s capacity to conduct daily living activities (used to describe severity of disability and needed services).
American Psych Systems, Inc. – a managed care entity that the state of Georgia has hired to oversee Medicaid services delivered under contract with the Regional Boards.
Adult Protective Services
C & A
Child and Adolescent – used to refer to young people up to the age of 18.
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Care Management Organization
Department of Behavioral Health Developmental Disabilties
Department of Community Affairs – state agency that manages HUD (federal housing) programs.
Department of Community Health – large state agency that oversees Medicaid program, Peachcare and CMOs.
Division of Family and Children Services – state agency that oversees food stamps, Women, Infants and Children’s program, and other programs designed to assist low-income families.
Department of Human Services – state agency in charge of human services (including mental health).
Department of Juvenile Justice– state agency in charge of juvenile detention facilities and some community-based custody.
Department of Corrections – state agency that controls prisons and parole.
Department of Education – state agency that is in charge of the public school system.
Department of Justice – The US Federal department responsible for enforcing federal laws, including the enforcement of all civil rights legislation.
Department of Labor – federal agency that oversees employment activities.
“Double Trouble” in Recovery – consumer run 12-step program designed for people with both mental illness and substance abuse problems.
Early and Periodic Screening and Diagnostic Treatment – Federal program for children
Federal Housing Authority – federally funded agency that controls low-income housing.
Georgia Housing and Finance Authority – part of DCA that oversees financing of housing for low-income people and for people with disabilities.
Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network – a mental health consumer organization.
Georgia Parent Support Network – an advocacy organization made up of the parents and other family members of children with mental illness.
House of Representatives Bill
Health Care Financing Authority – federal agency that oversees Medicaid.
Health and Human Services – federal agency that oversees mental health programs.
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act – A US law designed to provide privacy standards to protect patients’ medical records and other health information.
House of Representatives Resolution
Housing and Urban Development – federal agency that oversees low-income housing assistance.
Intermediate Care Facility – a type of less restrictive mental health treatment facility.
Individual Education Plan – plan developed by a school to support the success of a child with special needs.
Individual Service Plan – plan of services to be provided to mental health consumer to support recovery.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Licensed Professional Counselor
Licensed Practical Nurse
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Mental Health America – nation’s oldest and largest organization concerned with all facets of mental health and mental illness.
Mental Health Professional – any licensed mental health provider.
Master of Social Work
National Alliance on Mental Illness – advocacy organization made up of families of people with mental illness.
National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors
National Institute of Mental Health – federal agency concerned with mental health research.
Office of Consumer Protection – office in MHMRSA concerned with protecting the rights of people with mental illness, mental retardation and substance abuse.
Office of Planning and Budget – state office that oversees the budget.
Office of Regulatory Services – state office that inspects and licenses residential services.
Protection and Advocacy for Mentally Ill Individuals – federally funded program that works at the state level providing external advocacy for people with mental illness in institutional settings. Georgia Advocacy Office currently provides these services in Georgia.
Performance Measurement System– statewide survey used to measure the quality of behavioral health and developmental disabilities services in Georgia.
Request for Information
Request for Proposals – technical papers an organization or individual responds to, in order to put in a bid to provide services.
Regional Initiative Coordinator– Regional Office director for Division of Rehab Services.
Regional Planning Unit – The staff of Regional Boards.
Regional Youth Detention Center – institution housing long-term juvenile offenders.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration – federal agency within the Department of Health and Human Services that is concerned with mental health and substance abuse service delivery.
Senate Bill – a legal document proposed by a Senator to become law.
Supportive Employment – services provided to consumers to assist in obtaining and maintaining competitive employment.
Serious Emotional Disturbance – term used by the state to refer to children and adolescents with severe mental illness.
Serious Mental Illness – term used to refer to major disorders such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, etc. Others believe that all mental illness is serious.
Severe and Persistent Mental Illness – term used to refer to an illness that, while it may be controlled through treatment, is still a major factor is someone’s life.
Social Security Administration – federal agency that oversees social security payments.
Social Security Disability Insurance – federal program that provides income to those who have retired and/or are disabled. Funds come from contributions withdrawn from worker’s pay.
Temporary Assistance to Needy Families – assistance in the form of food stamps, cash payments, medical assistance. Provided for a limited time, designed to assist a person in attaining self-sufficiency.
Transition and Aftercare for Probation and Parolees – assistance designed to reintegrate a person after incarceration.
Therapeutic Foster Care– provided in a home setting to children with SED to provide safety and support to gain recovery.
Therapeutic Group Home – provided in a group living setting to children with SED to provide safety and support to gain recovery.
Youth Detention Centers – local centers that detain arrested youths awaiting trial and/or disposition of case.