Glossary of Mental Health Terms

Term Definition 
ATOD Alcohol Treatment and Other Drugs
AOT Assisted Outpatient Treatment – People with SPMI and are unable to live safely in the community without supervision. Often known as “Kendra’s Law”.
ACT Assertive Community Treatment
RMHC Rochester Mental Health Center -RRH Adult MH Clinic
GMHC Genessee Mental Health Center – RRH Adult MH Clinic – Has a PROS program
Evelyn Brandon RRH Adult Clinic – Has PROS, CD, and mental health programs
Pinewild RRH Adult Clinic
Partial Hospital UR Strong Program – Partial hospitalization offers much of what is provided in inpatient care, in an outpatient setting. The client can expect to participate for a half day or a full day. The goal of this type of care is to prevent hospitalization and/or shorten the length of an inpatient stay. Services will focus on acute, short-term care, and rely on both group and individual therapy. Must provide fax referral with a copy of the last progress notes.
RGH Rochester General Hospital – Also called G1 – Rochester Regional Hospital
NP Nurse Practitioner – Can prescribe psychotropic medicine
RN Registered Nurse – a Medical professional who can administer – can not prescribe
Narcan It can treat narcotic overdose in an emergency situation.
Mobile Crisis Ur Strong Program – The Monroe Mobile Crises Team is a mobile psychiatric emergency team for individuals and families within Monroe County who are experiencing a crisis in mental health. Its services are designed to divert individuals who are not at risk of harming themselves, as well as their families, from the county’s psychiatric emergency departments. A team of mental health professionals go to the individual or family in their home, place of employment, school, etc. There are no age restrictions.
PROS Personal Recovery Oriented Services. PROS programs provide integrated and comprehensive outpatient services including treatment, support, rehabilitation services. To be eligible for PROS an individual must be 18 or older, have a mental illness diagnosis and have a disability due to said mental illness.
SSI Social Security Income
SSDI Social Security Disability Income
DHS Department of Human Services – Financial Assistance services is provided in the form of cash, rent, utilities, transportation, food/nutrition, housing, health insurance, daycare subsidies, job search support, and job skills training to those who meet eligibility requirements.
MHT Mental Hygiene Transportation –
OMH Office of Mental Health – https://omh.ny.gov/
JCo  The Joint Commission – The Joint Commission is a United States-based nonprofit tax-exempt 501 organization that accredits more than 21,000 US health care organizations and programs. The international branch accredits medical services from around the world.
IPRT Intensive Psychiatric Rehabilitation: An intensive psychiatric rehabilitation treatment program is time-limited, with active psychiatric rehabilitation designed to assist a patient informing and achieving mutually agreed upon goals in living, learning, working and social environments; to intervene with psychiatric rehabilitation technologies, to overcome functional disabilities and to improve environmental supports. An intensive psychiatric rehabilitation treatment program shall provide the following services: psychiatric rehabilitation readiness determination, psychiatric rehabilitation goal setting, psychiatric rehabilitation functional and resource assessment, psychiatric rehabilitation service planning, psychiatric rehabilitation skills and resource development and discharge planning.
Intensive & Supportive Case Management Case Management promotes optimal health and wellness for adults diagnosed with severe mental illness and children and youth diagnosed with severe emotional disorders. Wellness and recovery goals are attained by implementing a person-centered approach to service delivery and ensuring linkages to and coordination of essential community resources. With respect for and affirmation of recipients’ personal choices, case managers foster hope where there was little before. Case Managers work in partnership with recipients to advance the process of individuals gaining control over their lives and expanding opportunities for engagement in their communities. All case management programs are organized around goals aimed at providing access to services that encourage people to: Resolve problems that interfere with their attainment or maintenance of independence or self-sufficiency. Maintain themselves in the community rather than an institution.
BPD Borderline Personality Disorder
DBT Dialectical behavior therapy
CBT Cognitive behavioral therapy
CD Treatment Chemical Dependence Treatment
SPMI Severe and Persistent Mental Illness
9.15 Mental Hygiene Transportation – Transport to inpatient care
Psychiatrist A medical doctor specialized in the diagnosis and treatment of mental illnesses and licensed to prescribe medications.
Psychologist A health care professional who diagnoses and treats mental, nervous, emotional, and behavioral disorders and ailments. Psychologists’ practice also include industrial/organizational psychology, research, and teaching.
Social Worker A person who helps individuals and families with personal and practical problems. They work in both agencies and private practice settings and provide evaluation, assessment, and treatment by the use of verbal or behavioral methods.
Mental Health Counselor Have completed a masters or higher degree in counseling. They work in both agencies and private practice settings and provide evaluation, assessment, and treatment by the use of verbal or behavioral methods.
MFT Marriage and Family Therapist. A person who uses mental health counseling, psychotherapy, and therapeutic techniques to evaluate and treat marital, relational, and family systems, and individuals in relationship to these systems.
Depot Antipsychotic The most commonly used are haloperidol (Hadol) decanoate and fluphenazine (Prolixin) decanoate. These are medicines given by injection from once a week to once a month. They are given to patients that have difficulty taking daily doses by mouth.
Atypical Antipsychotics Clozapine (Clozaril), risperdidone (Risperdal), olanzapine (Zyprexa, quetiapine (Seroquel), Ziprasidone (geodon), and aripiprazole (Abilify).
Antidepressants Anti-depressants are given for depression, anxiety, some pain syndromes, and some eating disorders.
Mood Stabilizers These medications can act to prevent recurrent depression or mania episodes, or act acutely to help control a manic episode. Lithium, Tegretol, Klonopin, Depakote, Topamax, Trileptal, Gabitril. Valproate is also used for “rapid cycle” mood disorders.
Anti-anxiety Agents Benzo’s are often used for short-term treatment; Xanax, Librium, Klonopin, Valium, Ativan, and Serax.
UTS Urine Toxicology Screen