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Acronyms List

Acronym

Meaning

AAA

Area Agency on Aging

AARP

American Association of Retired Persons

ACLU

American Civil Liberties Union

ACP

Attendant Care Program

ADA

Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990

ADAAG

ADA Accessibility Guidelines

ADAPT

Americans Disabled for Attendant Programs Today

ADLS

Activities of Daily Living

AIM

Abilities in Motion

AL

Assisted Living

AOA

Administration on Aging (federal)

APPRISE

Health Insurance Counseling and Assistance Program

ARC

Advocates for the Rights of Citizens with Disabilities (formerly Association of Retarded Citizens)

ARL

Adult Residential Licensing

CAO

County Assistance Office

CARIE

Coalition of Advocates of Rights for the Informed Elderly

CCRC

Continuing Care Retirement Community

CDAC

Cultural Diversity Advisory Committee

CIL

Center for Independent Living

CLAC

Community Living Advisory Council

CMS

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

CNA

Certified Nurses Aide

COBRA

Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act

COLA

Cost of Living Adjustment

COMPASS

Web-based referral and access to services in Pennsylvania

CSPPPD

Community Services Program for Persons with Physical Disabilities

D/HH

Deaf/Hard of Hearing

DDC

Developmental Disabilities Council

DDPC

Developmental Disabilities Planning Council

DHHS

Department of Health and Human Services (federal)

DLP

Disabilities Law Project

DME

Durable Medical Equipment

DNR

Do Not Resuscitate

DOE

Department of Education (state)

DOH

Department of Health (state)

DPW

Department of Public Welfare (state)

DRN

Disability Rights Network

DSM

Diagnostic & Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders

EEOC

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

EOL

End of life

EPSDT

Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment

FDA

Food and Drug Administration (federal)

FFS

Fee-For-Service

FMLA

Family and Medical Leave Act

FPL

Federal Poverty Level

FY

Fiscal Year

GA

General Assistance (Category under medical assistance)

GOHCR

Governors Office of Health Care Reform

HCBS

Home and Community-Based Services

HCS IS

Home and Community Services Information System

HHA

Home Health Aide

HHS

Department of Health and Human Services (federal)

HIPAA

Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act

HMO

Health Maintenance Organization

HRC

Human Resource Commission

HUD

Department of Housing and Urban Development (federal)

I&R

Information and Referral

IADL

Instrumental Activities of Daily Living

ICF/MR

Intermediate Care Facility for Mental Retardation

ICF/ORC

Intermediate Care Facility for Other Related Conditions

IDEA

Individuals with Disabilities Ed ucation Act

IEP

Individualized Ed ucation Plan

IGCLTC

Intra-Governmental Council on Long Term Care (or LTC Council)

ILC

Independent Living Center

ILP

Independent Living Plan

ILRP

Independent Living Rehabilitation Program

ISO

Intermediary Services Organization

JCAHO

Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations

L & I

Labor & Industry (state)

LIHEAP

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program

LIS

Low Income Subsidy

LPN

Licensed Practical Nurse

LOCA

Level of Care Assessment

LTC

Long-Term Care

LTL

Long-Term Living

MA

Medical Assistance (Medicaid)

MAAC

Medical Assistance Advisory Committee

MH/MR

Mental Health and Mental Retardation

Medicare

Federally funded and administered health insurance program

MICASSA

Medicaid Community Attendant Services and Supports Act

NARIC

National Rehabilitation Information Center

NCIL

National Council on Independent Living

NF

Nursing Facility

NFCE

Nursing Facility Clinically Eligible

NFI

Nursing Facility Ineligible

NHT

Nursing Home Transition

OAA

Older Americans Act

OBRA

Omnibus Budget and Reconciliation Act

OCR

Office of Civil Rights (state)

ODP

Office of Developmental Programs (state)

OECD

Office of Economic & Community Development (state)

OLTL

Office of Long Term Living (state)

OMHSAS

Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (state)

OSHA

Occupational Safety and Health Administration

OVR

Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (state)

P4A

Pennsylvania Association of Area Agencies on Aging Inc.

PACAH

PA Association of County Affiliated Homes

PACE

Pharmaceutical Assistance Contract for the Elderly

PAIR

Protection and Advocacy of Individual’s Rights

PASARR

Pre-Admission Screening and Annual Resident Review

PASP

Personal Assistance Services Program

PCA

Personal Care Attendant

PCCD

The Pennsylvania Coalition for Citizens with Disabilities

PCH

Personal Care Home

PCIL

Pennsylvania Council on Independent Living

PCOA

Pennsylvania Council on Aging

PCP

Primary Care Physician

PDA

Pennsylvania Department of Aging

PEER

Pennsylvania Expert Empowered Resident

PEMA

Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency

PERS

Personal Emergency Response System

PHA

PA Homecare Association orPublic Housing Authority

PHFA

Pennsylvania Housing and Finance Agency

PHRA

PA Human Relations Act

PHRC

PA Human Relations Commission

POA

Power of Attorney

PS

Protective Services

QMB

Qualified Medicare Beneficiary

RAC

Rehabilitation Advisory Committee

RAT

Regional Action Team

RFP

Request for Proposal

SCI

Spinal Cord Injury

SGA

Substantial Gainful Activity

SILC

State Independent Living Council

SNF

Skilled Nursing Facility

SPIL

State Plan on Independent Living

SRF

Special Rehabilitation Facility

SSA

Social Security Administration

SSDI

Social Security Disability Insurance

SSI

Supplemental Security Income

SSP

State Supplemental Payment

STEP

Special Transportation Effort Program

SWPPA

Southwest PA Partnership for Aging

TANF

Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (formerly AFDC) (federal)

TBI

Traumatic Brain Injury

TDDP

Telecommunication Device Distribution Program

VA

Veterans Administration

VNA

Visiting Nurse Association

WIA

Workforce Investment Act

WIB

Workforce Investment Board