Acronyms and Organizations


Acronym Full Name Website
AAAD Area Agency on Aging and Disability (9 total in Tennessee)  
AAPD American Association for People with Disabilities
AARP Formerly the American Association of Retired Persons (now just AARP)
ACA Affordable Care Act
ACCENT Automated Client Certification and Eligibility Network  
ACL Administration for Community Living
ACLF Assisted Care Living Facility  
ACMS AAAD Aging Commission of the Mid-South Area Agency on Aging and Disability
ADA Americans with Disabilities Act
ADA Average Daily Attendance (Senior Center Census)  
ADA Age Discrimination Act
ADDGS Alzheimer's Disease Demonstration Grant to the States  
ADL Activities of Daily Living (Also see IADL)   
ADRC Aging and Disability Resource Center
ADRD Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders  
AG Attorney General
ARMD Age-Related Macular Degeneration  
AHA American Hospital Association (Also see THA)
AIRS Alliance of Information and Referral Systems (Also see IR)
Alliance Alliance for Disability Policy of Tennessee (CDD, The Arc, DLAC, United Cerebral Palsy of Middle TN & SILC of TN)  
AoA Administration on Aging  
APS Adult Protective Services

The Arc The Arc of Tennessee
ARCH Access to Respite Care & Help
ASA American Society on Aging
BEC Benefits Enrollment Center  
BHO Behavioral Health Organization  
CAN Caregiver Action Network
CAT Conservatorship Association of Tennessee
CDD Council on Developmental Disabilities (State DD agency)
CDSMP Chronic Disease Self-Management Program  
CFA Community Food Advocates of Middle TN  
CFR Code of Federal Regulations
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))
CNCS Corporation for National and Community Service (Includes VISTA & AmericorpsVISTA programs)
Coalition Tennessee Disability Coalition
COA Council on Aging (See NCOA)  
COB Close of Business (a deadline – due COB)  
COBRA Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act
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  
DHHS U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
DHS Department of Human Services
DIDD Department of Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities (formerly DMRS)
DLWD Department of Labor and Workforce Development
DMHSAS Department of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services
DNR Do Not Resuscitate  
DOB Date of Birth  
DOD Date of Death  
DOH Department of Health
DRS Division of Rehabilitation Services (See also VR)  
DRT Disability Rights Tennessee
ECD Economic & Community Development
ESC Emergency Services Coordinator  
ESRD End Stage Renal Disease  
ETAAAD East Tennessee Area Agency on Aging and Disability
F&A Department of Finance & Administration
FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency (Also see TEMA)
FFY Federal Fiscal Year (Oct. 1 – Sept. 30)  
FGP Foster Grandparent Program  
FOA Funding Opportunity Announcement  
FPL Federal Poverty Level (aka Federal Poverty Guidelines)  
FTAAAD First Tennessee Area Agency on Aging and Disability
FY Fiscal Year (Tennessee's is July 1 – June 30)  
GSA Gerontology Society of America
HA Home for the Aged  
HCBS Home and Community Based Services (Also see LTSS)  
HDM Home Delivered Meals  
HIPAA Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act
HRA Human Resources Agency (9 regions in Tennessee)  
HUD U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
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  
LIS Low-Income Subsidy (Help with Medicare Part D premiums)
LOC Letter of Conservatorship  
LOC Level of Care  
LTC Long-Term Care  
LTCO 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)
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)
MW Medicaid Waiver (See SSW & Choices)  
N4A National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (Also see TN4A and SE4A)
NACO National Association of Counties
NAHC National Association for Home Care & Hospice
NAMI National Alliance on Mental Illness
NAMP National Association of Meals Programs  
NANASP National Association of Nutrition & Aging Services Programs
NARFE National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association  
NASUAD National Association of States United for Aging & Disabilities
NCVQLTC The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care (formerly National Citizens’ Coalition for Nursing Home Reform)
NCOA National Council on Aging
NFCSP National Family Caregiver Support Program (See Title III-E)
NGA National Governors Association
NGA National Guardianship Association
NH Nursing Home (Also see NHF & SNH)  
NHF Nursing Home Facility (Also see NHF & SNH)  
NIA National Institute on Aging
NISC National Institute of Senior Centers/National Council on Aging (see NCOA)
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.)  
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
OPTIONS OPTIONS for Community Living Program (State Funded HCBS)  
Pathfinder Tennessee Disability Pathfinder (I&R Service)
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  
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
SAM System for Award Management  
SAMS Social Assistance Management Software  
SCSEP Senior Community Service Employment Program
SD Self-Determination  
SE4A Southeastern Association of Area Agencies on Aging
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
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
SSDI Social Security Disability Insurance
SSI Supplemental Security Income
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
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)
TBI Traumatic Brain Injury  
TCA Tennessee Code Annotated  
TCAD Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability (the site you're on currently)  
TCSW Tennessee Conference on Social Welfare
TDDA Tennessee Development District Association  
TDOT Tennessee Department of Transportation
TEMA Tennessee Emergency Management Agency  
TennCare Tennessee Department of F&A, Bureau of TennCare (State Medicaid Agency)
TFA Tennessee Federation for Aging  
THCA Tennessee Health Care Association (Nursing Home Operators)
THCC Tennessee Health Care Campaign
THDA Tennessee Housing Development Agency
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)
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)
TMA Tennessee Medical Association
TRC Tennessee Rehabilitation Center  
TRC Tennessee Respite Coalition
TTAP Tennessee Technology Access Progra
TVS Tennessee Veterans Services
USDA United States Department of Agriculture
VA Veterans Affairs
VD-HCBS Veteran Directed Home & Community Based Services
VITA Volunteer Income Tax Assistance  
VOAD Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster
VOR Volunteer Ombudsman Representative  
VR Vocational Rehabilitation Services (See also DRS