These acronyms are commonly used in prison reentry, health services, public assistance, criminal justice public safety, medicine, mental health, social work, homelessness, youth services. The list is particularly adapted for clients providers in Monroe County Rochester, NY.

AA- Alcoholics Anonymous (national)

AAPNY- Association of Addiction Professionals of New York

ABC- Action for a Better Community, Rochester

ACA- Adult Children of Alcoholics (national)

ACCESS- [Not acronym] Monroe County, SAMHSA funded initiative to improve mental health services for children,youths their families.

ADC- Aid to Families with Dependent Children) (re: Welfare Public Assistance)

ASAT- Alcohol and Substance Abuse Treatment – NY State Dept. of Correctinal Services

BBBS- Big Brothers, Big Sisters (Rochester), part of national organization.

BCJS- Bureau of Justice Services – NY State OASAS

BGCR- Boys and Girls Club of Rochester

BJA- Bureau of Justice – Federal

CANY- Correctional Association of New York

CASA- National Center on Addiction Substance Abuse at Columbia University

CASAC- Credentialed Alcoholism Substance Abuse Counselor

CASAT- Comprehensive Alcohol and Substance Abuse Treatment

CCA- Center for Community Alternatives

CCSI- Coordinates Care Services, Inc., MCOMH service partner

CD- Chemical dependency

CDC- U.S. Centers for Disease Control

CEO- Center for Employment Opportunity, New York City, others in New York State

CFC- Catholic Family Center

CFY- Center for Youth, Rochester, NY

COPE- Children of Prisoners Embraced, COPE/HOPE Initiatives, Rochester, NY

CCSEU- Child Support Enforcement Unit (re: Welfare Public Assistance)

CPU- Monroe County Central Placement Unit

CUPP- Community/University Partnership Project, Rochester area, NY

CURE/NY- Citizens United for Rehabilitating of Errants, NY Chapter

DCJS- New York Division of Criminal Justice Services

DHH- US Department of Health Human Services


DMV- Division of Motor Vehicles (New York State agency w/Monroe County operated offices)

DOB- Date of Birth (see ID)

DOJ- Department of Justice (NYS, US)

DSM-IV- Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (4th ed.,2002), soon to be DMS-V

DSS- Former name of Welfare Department (see MCDHS) (re:Welfare Public Assistance)

DTAP- Monroe county Drug Treatment Alternative to Prison

EAF- Emergency Assistance to Families (re: Welfare Public Assistance)

FS- Federal Food Stamp Program (re: Welfare Public Assistance)

FB- Faith Based

GA/BA- Basic or General Assistance Outside of NY, assistance for singles (re: Welfare Public Assistance)

GUM- Grace Urban Ministries, Dewey Ave., Rochester

HEAP- Home Energy Assistance Program (re: Welfare Public Assistance)

HR- Home Relief, NY’s Assistance to the Blind, Sick or Aged Long Term Unemployed Without Dependent Children (re: Welfare Public Assistance)

IAAL- Ibero-American Action League (Rochester, NY)

ICARE- Interfaith Coalition of Advocates for Reentry Employment

ID- Identification data for employment, housing, Public Assistance, credit. Commonly birth certificate w/DOB, Social Security card w/unique number, Driver’s License, or non-driver’s picture ID; may other forms may exist too.

JPC- Judicial Process Commission, Rochester, NY

MA- Medicaid, Medical Assistance to the Poor (re: Welfare Public Assistance)

MCCF- Monroe County (NY) Correctional Facility, E. Henrietta Rd., Rochester

MCDHS- Monroe County (NY) Department of Health Human Services (Re: Welfare Public Assistance)

MCLAC- Monroe County Legal Assistance Center, Rochester, NY

MCOMH- Monroe County Office of Mental Health

MCRTF- Monroe County (NY) Reentry Task Force

NAADAC- National Association for Addiction Professionals

NAMI- National Alliance on Mental Illness, or Rochester NAMI group

NEAD- Northeast Area Development, Inc. (Community-building organization, NE section, Rochester, NY)

NIC- National Institute of Corrections (US)

NIH- National Institutes of Health (US)

NIMH- National Institute of Mental Health (US)

OASAS- New York Office of Alcoholicm Substance Abuse Services

OCFS- New York State Office of Children Family Services

OJJDP- Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

PA- Public Assistance (re: Welfare Public Assistance)

PIRJ- Partners in Restorative Justice, Rochester, NY

PRAM- Prison Reentry Aftercare Ministries (Episcopal other churches)

PYHIT- Fr. Peter Young Housing, Industries Treatment, Albany, NY

PTSD- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

RCSD- Rochester City School District

RJ- Restorative Justice (see PiRI)

RMCYB- Rochester-Monroe County Youth Bureau

RPD- Rochester Police Department

RIJM- Rochester (NY) Interfaith Jail Ministry

SAMHSA- US Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration

SCA- Second Chance Act (Act of Congress, US Law)

SCPO- Spiritus Christi Prison Outreach (Rochester, NY)

SEAC- Southeast Area Coalition (Community-building organization, SE section, Rochester, NY)

SIU- Special Investigations Unit, fraud squad (re: Welfare Public Assistance)

SMART- Safer Monroe Area Reentry Team (Monroe County, NY)

SS- Social Security, federal benefits for elderly, retired, others

SSD- Social Security Disability benefits

SSI- Supplemental Security Income, Federal program funded by general taxes, not SS taxes.

SSN- Social Security number, unique for each enrollee

TBI- Traumatic Brain Injury

ULR- Urban League of Rochester, part of national organization

VESID- New York State Vocational, Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities

VOA- Volunteers of America, Rochester national

WEP- Work Experience Program, “Workfare” (re: Welfare Public Assistance)

WPA- Women’s Prison Association

WRP- Women’s Reentry Project of JPC (Judicial Process Commission)