Acronym Glossary

The behavioral health industry uses a multitude of acronyms and it can be hard to keep them all straight. We have compiled this list from a variety of sources with the hope that it will be helpful to have them all in one place. Below are a list of commonly used acronyms in behavioral health.



AA Alcoholics Anonymous
ACO Accountable Care Organization
AFR Advocates for Recovery
ASAM American Society of Addiction Medicine
ATOD Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs
ATR Access to Recovery
ATTC Addiction Technology and Transfer Center
BAC Blood Alcohol Content
BAL Blood Alcohol Level
CBHC Colorado Behavioral Healthcare Council
CD Chemical Dependency
CFR Code of Federal Regulations
CHIP Children’s Health Insurance Program
CMHC Community Mental Health Center
CMHS Center of Mental Health Service
COPA Colorado Providers Association
CSAP Center for Substance Abuse Prevention
CSAT Center for Substance Abuse Treatment
DACODS Drug/Alcohol Coordinated Data System
DHHS Department of Health and Human Services
DOC Department of Corrections
DOE Department of Education
DPH Department of Public Health
DPHHS Department of Public Health & Human Services
DSM-V Diagnostic Statistical Manual, Edition 5
DSS Department of Social Services
DUI Driving Under the Influence
DWI Driving While Intoxicated
EBP Evidence-Based Practice
EC Emergency Commitment
FAVOR Face and Voices of Recovery
FFS Fee For Service
FQHC Federally Qualified Health Center
FY Fiscal Year
HCPF Health Care Policy and Finance
HIPAA Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act
IC Involuntary Commitment
IC&RC International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium
ICD International Classification of Diseases
ICM Intensive Case Management
IDU Injection Drug User
IM Intramuscular
IOP Intensive Outpatient
IRT Intensive Residential Treatment
IV Intravenous
JBC Joint Budget Committee
LAC Licensed Addiction Counselor
MCO Managed Care Organization
MHA Mental Health of America
MHC Mental Health Center
MIP Minor in Possession
MOU Memorandum of Understanding
MSO Managed Services Organization
MST Multi-Systemic Therapy
NA Narcotics Anonymous
NAADAC National Association of Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Counselors
NAMI National Alliance for the Mentally Ill
NASADAD National Association of State Alcohol & Drug Abuse Disorders
NASMHPD National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors
NCADD Nation Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence
NCADI National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information
NIAAA National Institute on Alcohol Abuse & Alcoholism
NIATx Network for the Improvement of Addiction Treatment
NIDA National Institute of Drug Abuse
NPI National Provider Identifier
NPN National Prevention Network
NSDUH National Survey on Drug Use and Health (formerly NHSDA)
OBH Office of Behavioral Health
ONDCP Office of National Drug Control Policy
ORT Opioid Replacement Therapy
OSHA Occupational Safety and Health Administration
OSPB Office of State Planning & Budgeting
PCP Primary Care Provider
PHI Protected Health Information
PSO Provider Service Organization
RCCO Regional Care Collaborative Organization
RFI Request For Information
RFP Request For Proposal
RSS Recovery Support Services
RTC Residential Treatment Center
RWJ Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
SA Substance Abuse
SAAC Substance Abuse Action Council
SAMHSA Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration
SAPT Substance Abuse Prevention & Treatment
SBIRT Screening & Brief Intervention Referral to Treatment
SMHA State Mental Health Authority
SOAR SSI/SSDI Outreach Access Recovery
SSA Single State Agency
SSPA Sub-State Planning Area
STIRRT Short Term Intensive Residential Remediation Treatment
TANF Temporary Assistance to Needy Families
TASC Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities
TC Therapeutic Community Modality
TEDS The Treatment Episode Data Set
TRT Transitional Residential Modality
WICHE Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education