Glossary of Helpful Acronyms

Glossary of Terms and Acronyms
AFDC Aid to Families with Dependent Children
Former federal cash assistance program for children deprived of parental support.
CAP Community Alternatives Programs 
Special Medicaid program for individuals with disabilities that provides services in the community to prevent medical  institutionalization.
CAP MR/DD Community Alternatives Program for Mental Retardation/ Developmental Disabilities
CAP program for people who need the level of care provided in an intermediate care facility for people with mental retardation  (including state developmental centers).
CHIP Children’s Health Insurance Program
Federal-state program for uninsured children with incomes too high to qualify for Medicaid.
CMS Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Federal agency that is responsible for administering Medicaid and Medicare.
DMA Division of Medical Assistance
State’s Medicaid agency.
DMHDDSAS Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services
State’s agency for people with people with one of these disabilities.
Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment
FFP Federal financial participation
Federal money provided to the state to match its Medicaid expenditures.
FPL Federal poverty level
Federally determined income level determining what level is officially “poor,” linked to eligibility for many programs.
LME Local management entity
Local agency (private or public) that oversees and administers mental health, developmental disability, and substance abuse
TANF Temporary Assistance to Needy Families
Federal program of cash assistance to low income families.
WFFA Work First Family Assistance
NC’s TANF program

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