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Aging and Disability Acronyms and Organizations

Last updated November 2015.

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Acronym Full Name Website
AAAD Area Agency on Aging and Disability (9 total in Tennessee) www.tn.gov/aging/article/aaad-map
AAPD American Association for People with Disabilities www.aapd.com
AARP Formerly the American Association of Retired Persons (now just AARP) www.aarp.org
ACA Affordable Care Act www.healthcare.gov
ACCENT Automated Client Certification and Eligibility Network  
ACL Administration for Community Living www.acl.gov
ACLF Assisted Care Living Facility  
ADA Americans with Disabilities Act www.ada.gov
ADA Average Daily Attendance (Senior Center Census)  
ADA Age Discrimination Act www2.ed.gov/policy/rights/reg/ocr/edlite-34cfr110.html
ADDGS Alzheimer's Disease Demonstration Grant to the States  
ADL Activities of Daily Living (Also see IADL)   
ADRC Aging and Disability Resource Center www.tnaaad.org
ADRD Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders  
AG Attorney General www.tn.gov/attorneygeneral
ARMD Age-Related Macular Degeneration  
AHA American Hospital Association (Also see THA)
www.aha.org
AIRS Alliance of Information and Referral Systems (Also see IR) www.airs.org
Alliance Alliance for Disability Policy of Tennessee (CDD, The Arc, DLAC, United Cerebral Palsy of Middle TN & SILC of TN)  
AoA Administration on Aging www.aoa.gov
APS Adult Protective Services
www.tn.gov/humanservices/article/adult-protective-services
The Arc The Arc of Tennessee www.thearctn.org
ARCH Access to Respite Care & Help www.archrespite.org
ASA American Society on Aging www.asaging.org
BEC Benefits Enrollment Center  
BHO Behavioral Health Organization  
CAN Caregiver Action Network www.caregiveraction.org
CDD Council on Developmental Disabilities (State DD agency) www.tn.gov/cdd
CDSMP Chronic Disease Self-Management Program  
CFA Community Food Advocates of Middle TN  
CFR Code of Federal Regulations www.gpo.gov/fdsys/browse/collectionCfr.action?collectionCode=CFR
Choices Medicaid Waiver Program in Tennessee  
CIL Center for Independent Living (Also see SILC)  
CMS Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (Formerly: Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA)) www.cms.gov
CNCS Corporation for National and Community Service (Includes VISTA & AmericorpsVISTA programs) www.nationalservice.gov
Coalition Tennessee Disability Coalition www.tndisability.org
COA Council on Aging (See NCOA)  
COB Close of Business (a deadline – due COB)  
COBRA Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act www.dol.gov/dol/topic/health-plans/cobra.htm
CQI Continuous Quality Improvement (Also see QI & QA)  
CREA Coordinated Response to Elder Abuse  
CSBG Community Service Block Grant  
DD Developmental Disability (Disability acquired before the age of 22)  
DD Development District (Nine regions in TN)  
DD Act The Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000  
DDS Disability Determination Services www.tn.gov/humanservices/topic/disability-determination-services
DHHS U.S. Department of Health & Human Services www.hhs.gov
DHS Department of Human Services www.tn.gov/humanservices
DIDD Department of Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities (formerly DMRS) www.tn.gov/didd
DLWD Department of Labor and Workforce Development www.tn.gov/workforce
DMHSAS Department of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services www.tn.gov/behavioral-health
DNR Do Not Resuscitate  
DOB Date of Birth  
DOD Date of Death  
DOH Department of Health www.tn.gov/health
DRS Division of Rehabilitation Services (See also VR) www.tn.gov/humanservices/topic/vocational-rehabilitation
DRT Disability Rights Tennessee www.disabilityrightstn.org
ECD Economic & Community Development www.tn.gov/ecd
ESC Emergency Services Coordinator  
ESRD End Stage Renal Disease  
F&A Department of Finance & Administration www.tn.gov/finance
FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency (Also see TEMA) www.fema.gov
FGP Foster Grandparent Program  
FOA Funding Opportunity Announcement  
FPL Federal Poverty Level (aka Federal Poverty Guidelines)  
FY Fiscal Year (Tennessee's is July 1 – June 30)  
FFY Federal Fiscal Year (Oct. 1 – Sept. 30)  
GSA Gerontology Society of America www.geron.org
HA Home for the Aged  
HCBS Home and Community Based Services (Also see LTSS)  
HDM Home Delivered Meals  
HIPAA Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act www.hhs.gov/hipaa
HRA Human Resources Agency (9 regions in Tennessee)  
HUD U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD
I&A Information and Assistance (Also see IR and AIRS)  
IADL Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (Also see ADL)  
ICF Institutional Care Facility (Also see ICF/MR)  
ID Intellectual Disability  
ID/D Intellectual & Developmental Disability  
IR or IR/A Information and Referral/Assistance (Also see I&A and AIRS)  
IT or ITS Information Technology (Systems) (Also see MIS)  
LIHEAP Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/liheap
LIS Low-Income Subsidy (Help with Medicare Part D premiums) www.socialsecurity.gov/medicare/prescriptionhelp
LOC Level of Care  
LTC Long-Term Care  
LTCO Long-Term Care Ombudsman www.tn.gov/aging/topic/long-term-care-ombudsman
LTSS Long Term Services & Supports (Also see MLTSS)  
MAGI Modified Adjusted Gross Income  
MCO Managed Care Organization (Also see BHO)  
MHAMT Mental Health America of Middle Tennessee (formerly Mental Health Association of Middle Tennessee) www.ichope.com
MI Mental Illness (Also see SPMI & SED)  
MIS Management Information Systems (Also see IT)  
MLTSS Managed Long-Term Services & Supports  
MR Mental Retardation *This term is outdated, no longer in regular use. It appears in older documentation, which is why it appears in this list. You should use the term Intellectual Disability when creating new material. (See ID and DIDD)  
MSA Metropolitan Statistical Area  
MSP Medicare Savings Programs (Also see QMB, SLMP, QI, QDWI) www.medicare.gov
MW Medicaid Waiver (See SSW & Choices)  
N4A National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (Also see TN4A and SE4A) www.n4a.org
NACO National Association of Counties www.naco.org
NAHC National Association for Home Care & Hospice www.nahc.org
NAMI National Alliance on Mental Illness www.namitn.org
NAMP National Association of Meals Programs  
NANASP National Association of Nutrition & Aging Services Programs www.nanasp.org
NARFE National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association www.narfe.org
NASUAD National Association of States United for Aging & Disabilities www.nasuad.org
NCVQLTC The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care (formerly National Citizens’ Coalition for Nursing Home Reform) www.theconsumervoice.org
NCOA National Council on Aging www.ncoa.org
NFCSP National Family Caregiver Support Program (See Title III-E) www.aoa.gov
NGA National Governors Association www.nga.org
NGA National Guardianship Association www.guardianship.org
NH Nursing Home (Also see NHF & SNH)  
NHF Nursing Home Facility (Also see NHF & SNH)  
NIA National Institute on Aging www.nia.nih.gov
NISC National Institute of Senior Centers/National Council on Aging (see NCOA) www.ncoa.org/national-institute-of-senior-centers
NSIP Nutrition Services Incentive Program  
NWD No Wrong Door (Access to services) (Also see SPE & SPOE)  
OAA Older Americans Act (The federal legislation that created State Units on Aging and Area Agencies on Aging.)  
OIG Office of Inspector General  
OIR Offices of Information Resources (State office that plans, maintains, and supports the use of all State information technology.) www.tn.gov/finance/section/office-for-information-resources
Olmstead The Olmstead Decision (The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that there should be community options for people with disabilities.)  
OMB Office of Management and Budget www.whitehouse.gov/omb
OPTIONS OPTIONS for Community Living Program (State Funded HCBS)  
Pathfinder Tennessee Disability Pathfinder (I&R Service) www.familypathfinder.org
PAE Pre–Admission Evaluation (The document signed by the physician upon which medical eligibility for nursing home and HCBS Waiver services are based.)  
PD Physical Disability  
PERS Personal Emergency Response System  
PG Public Guardian for the Elderly www.tn.gov/aging/topic/public-guardianship
PIF Participant Information Form (Used in senior centers.)  
PSA Planning & Service Area (Used to describe the AAAD regions.)  
PSSA Personal Support Services Agency  
QA Quality Assurance  
QDWI Qualified Disabled Working Individual (Helps with Medicare Part A premium)  
QI Qualifying Individual (Help with Medicare Part B premiums)  
QI Quality Improvement (Also see CQI)  
QMB Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (Dually eligible, helps with Medicare premium, deductibles, copayments, & co-insurance)  
RFP Request for Proposals  
RHA Residential Homes for the Aged  
RSVP Retired & Senior Volunteer Program www.nationalservice.gov/programs/senior-corps/rsvp
SAM System for Award Management  
SAMS Social Assistance Management Software  
SCSEP Senior Community Service Employment Program www.doleta.gov/Seniors
SD Self-Determination  
SE4A Southeastern Association of Area Agencies on Aging www.se4a.org
SES Single Entry System (Also see SPE or SEP & NWD)  
SF State Funded  
SHIP State Health Insurance Assistance Program (Also see TN SHIP)  
SILC Statewide Independent Living Council of TN  
SLMB Specified Low-Income Medicare Beneficiary  
SMP Senior Medicare Patrol (Formerly SMPP)  
SNAP Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program www.fns.usda.gov/snap/supplemental-nutrition-assistance-program-snap
SNH/SNF Skilled Nursing Home/Skilled Nursing Facility (Also see NH)  
SP Service Provider  
SPE/SPOE/SEP Single Point of Entry/Single Entry Point (Access to services) (Also see SES & NWD)  
SPMI Seriously and Persistently Mentally Ill  
SRT State Reporting Tool (Formerly NAPIS)  
SSA U.S. Social Security Administration www.ssa.gov
SSDI Social Security Disability Insurance www.socialsecurity.gov/disability
SSI Supplemental Security Income www.socialsecurity.gov/disability
SSN Social Security Number  
SUA State Unit on Aging (see TCAD & NASUAD)  
SWW Statewide Waiver (See MW and Choices)  
TA Technical Assistance  
TAADP Tennessee Association of Adult Day Care Providers  
TALS Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services www.tals.org
TAHRA TN Association of Housing & Redevelopment Agencies  
TAHRA TN Association of Human Resource Agencies  
TASC Tennessee Association of Senior Centers  
TBI Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (Investigates elder abuse) www.tn.gov/tbi
TBI Traumatic Brain Injury www.tn.gov/humanservices/topic/trc-smyrna
TCA Tennessee Code Annotated  
TCAD Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability (the site you're on currently)  
TCSW Tennessee Conference on Social Welfare www.tcsw.org
TDDA Tennessee Development District Association  
TDOT Tennessee Department of Transportation www.tn.gov/tdot
TEMA Tennessee Emergency Management Agency  
TennCare Tennessee Department of F&A, Bureau of TennCare (State Medicaid Agency) www.tn.gov/tenncare
TFA Tennessee Federation for Aging  
THCA Tennessee Health Care Association (Nursing Home Operators) www.thca.org
THCC Tennessee Health Care Campaign www.thcc2.org
THDA Tennessee Housing Development Agency www.thda.org
Title III-B Part of the OAA – Services for seniors  
Title III-C Part of the OAA – Nutrition services for seniors  
Title III-E Part of the OAA – Caregiver services  
Title VI Part of the Civil Rights Act - Non-discrimination  
Title VII Part of the OAA - Vulnerable Elder Rights Protection  
Title XIX (or just XIX) Part of the Social Security Act (Grants to States for Medicaid Programs) www.ssa.gov/OP_Home/ssact/title19/1900.htm
TN4AD TN Association of Area Agencies on Aging and Disability (Also see SE4A and N4A)  
TNAHSA Tennessee Association Homes and Services for the Aging  
TN SHIP Tennessee State Health Insurance Assistance Program (Also see SHIP) www.tn.gov/aging/topic/ship
TMA Tennessee Medical Association www.tnmed.org
TRC Tennessee Rehabilitation Center  
TRC Tennessee Respite Coalition www.tnrespite.org
TTAP Tennessee Technology Access Program www.tn.gov/humanservices/topic/ttap​
TVS Tennessee Veterans Services www.tn.gov/veteran
USDA United States Department of Agriculture www.usda.gov
VA Veterans Affairs www.tn.gov/veteran
VD-HCBS Veteran Directed Home & Community Based Services www.va.gov/GERIATRICS/Guide/LongTermCare/Veteran-Directed_Care.asp
VITA Volunteer Income Tax Assistance  
VOAD Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster www.nvoad.org
VOR Volunteer Ombudsman Representative  
VR Vocational Rehabilitation Services (See also DRS) www.tn.gov/behavioral-health/article/vocational-rehabilitation