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Helpful Acronyms

Learning how to get help for youth mental health in New Hampshire can be confusing–that’s why CSoC has compiled this helpful guide to some common acronyms and abbreviations when navigating your local behavioral and mental health services.


ASI – Addiction Severity Index

ACE – Adverse Childhood Experiences

ABA – Applied Behavior Analysis

ACT – Assertive Community Treatment

ASAM – American Society of Addiction Medicine


BCBH – Bureau for Children’s Behavioral Health

BDAS – Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services

BMHS – Bureau of Mental Health Services


CANS – Child & Adolescent Needs & Strengths

CBT – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

CDC – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

CMC – Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

CME – Care Management Entity

CMHC – Community Mental Health Centers

CoP – Community of Practice

CPP – Child-Parent Psychotherapy

CTI – Critical Time Intervention


DBH – Division for Behavioral Health

DBSA – Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance

DBT – Dialectical Behavior Therapy

DHHS – NH Department of Health and Human Services

DOE – Department of Education

DRF – Designated Receiving Facilities


EBP – Evidence-Based Practice

ED – Emergency Department

ESMI – Early Serious Mental Illness


FRC – Family resource centers

FAST Forward – Families and Systems Together

FEP – First Episode Psychosis

FFS – Fee for Service

FQHC – Federally Qualified Health Centers

FSS – Functional Support Services


IDN – Integrated Delivery Networks

IEA – Involuntary Emergency Admission

IEP – Individualized education program

IMR – Illness Management and Recovery

IOD – Institute of Disability

IROS – Individualized Resiliency and Recovery Oriented Services


LADC – Licensed Alcohol & Drug Counselor

LGBTQ – lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer

LOC – Level of Care


MATCH – Modular Approach to Therapy for Children with Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, or Conduct

MCO – Managed Care Organizations

MCRT – Mobile Crisis Response Team

MLADC – Master Licensed Alcohol & Drug Counselor

MTSS-B – Multi-Tiered Systems of Support for Behavior and Wellness


NAMI – National Alliance on Mental Illness

NHH – New Hampshire Hospital


PBIS – Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports

PRSS – Peer Recovery Support Services

PSA – Peer Support Agencies

PSH – Permanent Supportive Housing


QPR – Question, Persuade, Refer (Suicide Prevention Training)


RAISE – Recovery After an Initial Schizophrenia Episode

RCO – Recovery Community Organization

RROSC – Recovery and Resiliency Oriented Systems of Care


SAMHSA – Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

SBIRT – Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment

SED – serious emotional disturbance

SMART – specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely

SMHA – State Mental Health Authority

SMI – Serious Mental Illness

SPED – Special Education

SPMI – Severe & Persistent Mental Illness

SUD – Substance Use Disorders


TAP – Technical Assistance Publication produced by SAMHSA

TMHFA – Teen Mental Health First Aid

TR-ECC – Transitional Residential Enhanced Care Coordination

YMHFA – Youth Mental Health First Aid

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