Commonly Used Terms
ACT: Assertive Community Treatment
An Intensive Case Management Program for consumers with intensive needs and numerous hospitalizations and in need of frequent contact with their case manager.
A group session held weekly and attended by consumers who have completed CD/IOP or CD/SOP. The group focus is on supporting their continued sobriety.
DARS: Department of Assistive and Rehabilitation Services
A department within the Texas Health and Human Services system, DARS administers programs that help Texans with disabilities find jobs through vocational rehabilitation, live independently in their communities, and prepare children with disabilities and developmental delays to meet education goals. LifeNet refers clients to DARS and accepts DARS referrals.
Supported Employment corporation employing people with disabilities for custodial and landscape maintenance
Two or more clients meeting with a therapist or case manager to discuss similar problems.
IOP: Intensive Outpatient Program
A group treatment program for individuals with a chemical dependency diagnosis. Meeting two hours a day, five days a week, it is led by an LCDC (Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor.
LCDC: Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor
LMFT: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
LMSW: Licensed Master Social Worker
LCSW or LMSW-ACP: Licensed Master Social Worker – Advanced Clinical Practitioner
LPC: Licensed Professional Counselor
NAMI: National Alliance for the Mentally Ill
NAMI is a nonprofit, grassroots, self-help, support and advocacy organization of consumers, families, and friends of people with severe mental illness.
A managed care program providing psychiatric and substance abuse / chemical dependency insurance coverage for Medicaid and indigent individuals in the state of Texas covering Dallas, Collin, Kaufman, Ellis, Hunt, Navarro, and Rockwall counties.
QMHP-CS: Qualified Mental Health Professional – Community Services
SOP: Supportive Outpatient Program
A group treatment program for individuals with a chemical dependency diagnosis. Meets two hours a day, three days a week. Led by an LCDC (Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor.)
SPN: Specialty Provider Network
A network of agencies (SPN’s, pronounced “spins”) who specialize in providing managed care for mental health services.
Individuals with disabilities perform work in a supported environment accommodating their disability, providing on the job training, teaching appropriate social skills for the work environment, and facilitating preparation to enter competitive employment
PERMANENT SUPPORTIVE HOUSING
Housing for homeless people with disabilities. Offers homeless people with disabilities, including mental illness, an assurance of permanent housing and appropriate supportive services. The program is designed to provide a structure that counteracts the disruptions of both homelessness and disability.
ValueOptions, Inc. is a privately-held behavioral health managed care company, the second largest in the nation, contracted with the state of Texas to manage the funds/services for the NorthSTAR program. ValueOptions provides mental health, substance abuse, integrated mental health/substance abuse, and EAP services for over 23 million individuals throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. They are recognized for developing collaborative relationships with providers, consumer groups, health plans, insurers, government agencies, and others to lead our members along the path to healthier lives.