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AAA - Area Agency on Aging
AAMR - American Association on Mental Retardation (now known as AAIDD)
AAIDD - American Association of Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities (formerly AAMR)
AAUAP - American Association of University Affiliated programs
ABE - Adult Basic Education
ABF - Adult Boarding Facility which is licensed by the Department of Social Services
ABS - Adaptive Behavior Scale, Applied Behavior Science
AC - Advisory Council
ACB - American Council of the Blind
ACF - Adult Care Facility, Administration for Children and Families
ACDD - Accreditation Council on Developmental Disabilities
ACLD - Association for Children and Adults with Learning Disabilities
ACT - Adaptive Computing Technology; Assertive Community Treatment
ADA - Americans with Disabilities Act; Alcohol and Drug Abuse
ADC - Adult Day Care
ADD - Administration on Developmental Disabilities
ADEA - Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967
ADD/ADHD - Attention Deficit Disorder/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
ADEP - Alcohol and Drug Education Program
ADH - Acute Day Hospital
ADL - Activities of Daily Living
AER - Association for the Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired
AFB - American Foundation for the Blind
AFDC - Aid to Families with Dependent Children (now known as TANF)
AG - Attorney General
AIDS - Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome
AIMS - Abnormal Involuntary Movement Scale
AMI - Alliance for the Mentally Ill
ANSI - American National Standards Institute
AOA - American Osteopathic Association
ASL - American Sign Language
AOC - Administrator on Call
AOD - Administrator on Duty
ARC - Association for Retarded Citizens
ARF - Association of Rehabilitation Facilities
ARS - Adult Residential Services
ASA - Autism Society of America
ASD - Autism Spectrum Disorders
ASQ - Ages & Stages Questionnaire
ASSQ - Autism Spectrum Screening Questionnaire
AT - Assistive Technology
ATA - Assistive Technology Act of 1998
ATC - Assistive Technology Center
ATF - Alcoholism Treatment Facility


BBBD - Biologically Based Brain Disorder
BD - Behavior Disordered
BD/MR - Behavior Disordered/Mentally Retarded
BEP - Business Enterprise Program
BESTP - Blindness Education, Screening and Treatment Program
BH - Boarding Home
BHU - Behavioral Health Unit
BID - Twice Daily
BOD - Board of Directors
BP - Blind Pension, Blood Pressure
BPAO - Benefits Planning, Assistance and Outreach
BPD - Borderline Personality Disorder
BRL - Braille Revival League
BSS - Blindness Skills Specialist


CAN - Child Abuse and Neglect
CAP - Client Assistance Program
CAPTA - Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act
CARF - Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities
CARS - Childhood Autism Rating Scale
CCM - Comprehensive Case Management
CCTV - Closed Circuit Television
CDC - Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
CEC - Council for Exceptional Children
CELF - Clinical Evaluation of Language Fundamentals
CEO - Chief Executive Officer
CET - Community Evaluation Team
CEU - Continuing Education Unit
CF - Cystic Fibrosis
CFR - Code of Federal Regulations
CHADD - Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
CHAT - Checklist for Autism in Toddlers
CHHA - Certified Home Health Agency
CIN - Client Identification Number
CMAT - Children's Multidisciplinary Assessment Team
CMHS - Center for Mental Health Services
CMS - Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (formerly HCFA)
COLA - Cost-of-Living Adjustment
CON - Certificate of Need
COP - Conditions of Participation
CP - Cerebral Palsy
CPA - Child Protective Agency
CPEP - Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program
CPP - Community Placement Program
CPS - Comprehensive Psychiatric Services, Child Protective Services
CPRC - Community Psychiatric Rehabilitation Center
CPSE - Committee on Preschool Special Education
CQI - Continuous Quality Improvement
CRC - Certified Rehabilitation Counselor
CRF - Community Residential Facility
CRIPA - Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act
CRS - Community Residential Services
CRT - Certified Rehabilitation Teacher
CSAVR - Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation
CSAP/CSAT - Center for Substance Abuse Prevention/Center for Substance Abuse Treatment
CSP - Community Support Program
CSR - Code of State Regulations
CSS - Community Support Services
CSTAR - Comprehensive Substance Treatment and Rehabilitation
CTRAC - Client Tracking, Registration, Admissions, and Commitments


DD - Developmental Disabilities
DD ACT - Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act
DDC - Developmental Disabilities Council
DED - Department of Economic Development []
DESE - Department of Elementary and Secondary Education []
DFS - Division of Family Services (now known as Family Support Division)
DHT - Day Habilitation and Treatment
DHHS - Department of Health and Human Services []
DHSS - Department of Health & Senior Services
DIS - Drug Inventory System
DME - Durable Medical Equipment
DMH - Department of Mental Health []
DMHDD - Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities
DNR - Do not resuscitate
DOA - Division of Aging
DOB - Date of Birth
DOC - Department of Corrections
DSA - Designated State Agency; Down Syndrome Association
DSM III - Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders
DSS - Department of Social Services []
DVR - Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
DWD - Division of Workforce Development
DYS - Division of Youth Services


EAP - Employee Assistance Program
ECIP - Early Childhood Intervention Program
ECT - Electro Convulsive Therapy ("Shock treatment")
ED - Emotionally Disturbed
EDGAR - Education Department General Administrative Regulations
EEG - Electroencephalogram
EEOC - Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
EFA - Epilepsy Foundation of America []
EHA - Education for All Handicapped Children Act
EI - Early Intervention
EPSDT - Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment
ESY - Extended School Year


FAPE - Free and Appropriate Public Education
FAS/FAE - Fetal Alcohol Syndrome/Fetal Alcohol Effects
FIS - Family and Individual Support
FLSA - Fair Labor Standards Act
FMR - Fair Market Rent
FOIA - Freedom of Information Act []
FSD - Family Support Division (formerly Division of Family Services)
FSH - Fulton State Hospital
FTE - Full Time Equivalent
FY - Fiscal Year



HAVA - Help America Vote Act
HB - House Bill
HCFA - Health Care Financing Administration
HI - Hearing Impaired
HIPAA - Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996
HIV - Human Immunodeficiency Virus
HMO - Health Maintenance Organization
HRSA - Health Resources and Services Administration
HS - Hour of Sleep
HUD - Housing and Urban Development


ICF - Intermediate Care Facility
ICF/DD - Intermediate Care Facility for the Developmentally Disabled
ICF/MR - Intermediate Care Facility for the Mentally Retarded
IDEA - Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
IEE - Independent Education Evaluation
IEP - Individualized Education Plan
IFSP - Individualized Family Service Plan
IHE - Institution of Higher Education
IHP - Individualized Habilitation Plan
IL - Independent Living
ILCs - Independent Living Centers
ILR - Independent Living Rehabilitation
IPC - Individual Plan of Care
IPE - Individualized Plan for Employment
IPP - Individual Program Plan
IQ - Intelligence Quotient
I&R - Information and Referral
IRP - Individual Plan of Care
IRWE - Impairment-Related Work Expense
ISL - Individualized Supported Living
ISP - Individualized Service Plan
IST - In-Service Training
IT - Interdisciplinary Team
ITP - Individual Treatment Plan
ITT - Interdisciplinary Treatment Team
ITU - Intensive Treatment Unit, Intensive Therapy Unit
IUR - Independent Utilization Review
IWRP - Individual Written Rehabilitation Plan


JCAHO - Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations
JOB - Job Opportunities for the Blind



LASE - Local Administrators of Special Education
LD - Learning Disability
LDAMO - Learning Disabilities Association of Missouri []
LEA - Local Education Agency
LOC - Level of Care
LOS - Line of Sight
LRE - Least Restrictive Environment
LTC - Long Term Care
LTG - Long Term Goals
LV - Low Vision


MAADAP - Missouri Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs
MABSS - Missouri Automated Behavior Scoring System
MACDDS - Missouri Association of County Developmental Disabilities Services
MASW - Missouri Association for Social Welfare []
MASWM - Missouri Association of Sheltered Workshop Managers []
MATP - Missouri Assistive Technology Project []
MCB - Missouri Council of the Blind []
MCCS - Missouri Crippled Childrens Services
MCDHH - Missouri Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing []
MD - Muscular Dystrophy; Multiple Disabilities
MEHTAP - Missouri Elderly and Handicapped Transportation Assistance Program
MERS - Metropolitan Employment and Rehabilitation Services []
MHA/MHC - Mental Health Association/Mental Health Commission, Mental Health Center, Mental Health Coordinator, Marshall Habilitation Center
MHRCF - Mental Health Residential Care Facility
MI - Mental Illness
Mid-MO - Mid-Missouri Mental Health Center at Columbia
MIMH - Missouri Institute of Mental Health []
MIP - Missouri Institute of Psychiatry
MoAPSRS - Missouri Association of Psychosocial Rehabilitation Services
MoCABI - Missouri Critical Adaptive Behaviors Inventory
MOCAMI - Missouri Coalition of Alliances for the Mentally Ill
MO P&A - Missouri Protection and Advocacy Services, Missouri's Protection & Advocacy System since 1977
MOPAS - Missouri Protection and Advocacy Services (See MO P&A above)
MOSERS - Missouri State Employee Retirement System
MPCDD - Missouri Planning Council for Developmental Disabilities []
MR - Mental Retardation
MRA - Missouri Rehabilitation Association
MR/DD - Mental Retardation/Developmental Disabilities
MR/ED - Mentally Retarded/Emotionally Disturbed
MR/MI - Mental Retardation/Mental Illness, Mentally Retarded/Mentally Ill
MSB - Missouri School for the Blind []
MSD - Missouri School for the Deaf []
MSE - Mental Status Exam
MTARS - Monitoring and Technical Assistance Review System
MTEC - Missouri Training and Employment Council


NAC - National Accreditation Council
NADDC - National Association of Developmental Disabilities Councils []
NAMI - National Alliance on Mental Illness []
NAPAS - National Association of Protection and Advocacy Systems
NCIL - National Council on Independent Living []
NCLB - No Child Left Behind Act of 2001
NCSAB - National Council of State Agencies for the Blind []
NDRN - National Disability Rights Network []
NF - Nursing Facility
NFB - National Federation of the Blind []
NFDH - National Foundation of Dentistry for the Handicapped []
NFP - Not-for-profit
NICHCY - National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities []
NIDRR - National Institute on Disability & Rehabilitation Research []
NIMH - National Institute for Mental Health []
NMHA - National Mental Health Association []
NRA - National Rehabilitation Association
NSCAA - National Society for Children and Adults with Autism


OA - Office of Administration
OASI - Old Age and Survivors Income
OATS - Older Adults Transportation System
OBS - Older Blind Services
OCR - Office for Civil Rights, Optical Character Recognition (scanner)
OH - Orthopedically Handicapped
OHDS - Office of Human Development Services
OI - Orthopedic Impairment
OIF - Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation []
OJT - On-the-Job Training
O&M - Orientation and Mobility
OMB - Office of Management & Budget
OSERS - Office of Special Education Rehabilitation Services
OT - Occupational Therapy, Occupational Therapist


P&A - Protection and Advocacy System
PAAT - Protection and Advocacy for Assistive Technology
PABSS - Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security
PADD - Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Developmental Disabilities
PAIMI - Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness
PAIR - Protection and Advocacy for Individual Rights
PAIMI - Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness
PATBI - Protection and Advocacy for Traumatic Brain Injury
PAVA - Protection and Advocacy for Voter Access
PCA - Personal Care Attendant
PDD - Pervasive Developmental Disorder
PDR - Physician's Desk Reference
PGH - Psychiatric Group Home
PKU - Penylketonuria
PL - Public Law
PLEP - Present Level of Educational Performance
PLS - Preschool Language Scale
POB - Prevention of Blindness
PR - Public Relations
PRF - Public Residential Facility
PT - Physical Therapy, Physical Therapist
PVA - Personal and Vocational Adjustment to Blindness



RAM - Mental Retardation Association of Missouri
RC - Regional Center
RCEP - Rehabilitation Continuing Education Program
RCF - Residential Care Facility
RE&T - Rehab. Education and Training
RFP - Request for Proposal
ROI - Release of Information
RSA - Rehabilitation Services Administration
RSB - Rehabilitation Services for the Blind
RSMo - Revised Statutes of Missouri


SA - Substance Abuse
SAMHSA - Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
SB - Senate Bill
SCL - Supported Community Living
SEA - State Educational Agency
SH - Severely Handicapped
SHPDA - State Health Planning and Development Agency
SI- Speech Impairment
SILC - Statewide Independent Living Council
SLDDTC - St. Louis Developmental Disabilities Treatment Center
SLP - Speech/Language Pathology
SMT - Standard Means Test
SNF - Skilled Nursing Facility
SOP - Statement of Objectives & Priorities
SpEd - Special Education
SRC - State Rehabilitation Council for the Blind
SRS - Social and Rehabilitation Services
SSA - Social Security Administration, Social Security Act
SSD - Special School District of St. Louis County
SSDI - Social Security Disability Insurance
SSI - Supplemental Security Income
SSN - Social Security Number
ST - Speech Therapy or Speech Therapist
STG/STO - Short Term Goal/Short Term Objective


TA - Technical Assistance
TAC - Technical Assistance Clearinghouse (UMKC Institute for Human Development)
TACL - Test of Auditory Comprehension of Language
TANF - Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (formerly Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC)
TASC - Training and Advocacy Support Center
TASH - The Association for Persons with Severe Handicaps
TASR - Technical Assistance Site Review (CMHS)
TBI - Traumatic Brain Injury
TDD - Telecommunication Device (Deaf) or, TTY - Teletypewriter
Tech Act - Technology-Related Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities Act
TID - Three Times Daily
TMR/H - Trainable Mentally Retarded/Handicapped
TRO - Temporary Restraining Order
TVI - Teacher of the Visually Impaired
TWWIIA - Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act


UAP - University Affiliated Program
UCE - University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service []
UCPA - United Cerebral Palsy Association []
URC - Uniform Reporting Code (or Component)


VA - Veterans Administration
VI - Visual Impairment
VR - Vocational Rehabilitation
VRA - Vocational Rehabilitation Act
VRC - Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor


WAT - Work Adjustment Training
WIC - Women, Infants and Children
WIPA - Work Incentives Planning and Assistance



YRS - Youth Residential Support



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