Acronyms & Abbreviations

At The Arc of the Triangle we know the service delivery system often seems to be set up to be understood by the professionals - not the people it serves. The system can be difficult enough to navigate without more obstacles in the way. All the acronyms and abbreviations can definitely be part of the problem.

We hope you will find this list helpful! We will do our best to keep it up to date and accurate.


Advanced Medical Home – AMH

Advanced Medical Home Plus – AMH+

Applied Behavioral Analysis – ABA

Alternative Family Living - AFL

Behavioral Health – BH

Care Management Agency – CMA

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services- CMS

Cerebral Palsy - CP

Community Living & Supports - CLS

Comprehensive Clinical Assessment - CCA

Community Based Assessment - CBA

Council on Quality and Leadership – CQL

Department of Health and Human Services – DHHS

Developmental Disability - DD

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders – DSM-5

Division of Medical Assistance – DMA

Division of Social Services – DSS

Division of Facility Services – DFS

Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and substance Abuse Services - DMH/DD/SAS

Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services – NCDVRS, DVRS or VR

Early Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment Services – EPSDT

Employment Specialist – ES

Evidence-Based Practice – EBP

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act – HIPAA

Incident Response Improvement System – IRIS

Individual Plan of Employment - IPE

Individual Services Supervisor - ISS

Individual Support Plan - ISP

Individualized Education Plan – IEP

Integrated Payment and Reporting System - IPRS

Intellectual/Developmental Disability – IDD

Intermediate Care Facility for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities – ICF/ID

International Classification of Diseases – ICD-10-CM

Legally Responsible Person – LRP

Local Management Entity/ Managed Care Organization - LME/MCO

Long Range Outcomes - LRO

Long Term Services & Supports – LTSS

Medication Administration Record – MAR

Medication prescribed “as necessary” – PRN

Mental Illness – MI


NC Support-Needs Assessment Profile - NC SNAP

North Carolina Administrative Code – NCAC

North Carolina Treatment Outcomes and Program Performance System – NC-TOPPS

Over the Counter (medication) – OTC

Person-Centered Plan – PCP

Personal Assistance PA

Personal Outcome Measures Interview - POM

Prescription – Rx

Protected Health Information – PHI

Provider-Led Entity - PLE

Qualified Developmental Disability Professional – QDDP

Qualified Professional – QP

Quality Assurance – QA

Quality Improvement – QI

Quality Management – QM

Relative/Legal Guardian as Direct Support Employee - RDSE

Social Determinants of Health - SDOH

Social Security Disability Insurance - SSDI

Substance Abuse – SA

Supplemental Security Income - SSI

Supported Employment - SE

Supported Retirement - SR

Supports Intensity Scale – SIS

Traumatic Brain Injury – TBI

Triangle Self-Advocacy Network - TSAN

Utilization Management – UM

Utilization Review - UR