Mental Health Services Glossary

Glossary of Terms

Advanced Psychiatric Directive: A written tool used to make mental health care decisions when an individual is unable to do so because of incapacity.

Adult Foster Care: Licensed, sheltered living arrangement for up to four functionally impaired adults in a family - like environment. Adult foster care is available to persons age 18 years or older. Adult foster homes provide food, lodging, protection, supervision and household services. They may also provide living skills assistance or training, medication assistance and assistance safeguarding cash resources.

Adult Rehabilitative Mental Health Services (ARMHS): also known as the “MA Rehab Option” and Adult Mental Health Crisis Response Services are Medical Assistance (MA) State Plan Mental Health Services.

Assertive Community Treatment (ACT): An intensive, non-residential rehabilitative mental health service that is an identified evidence-based practice. ACT services are provided by multidisciplinary staff using a team approach, and directed to adults with a serious mental illness who require intensive services.

Assessment: Process of identifying: a) a person's strengths, preferences, functional skills and need for support and services; b) the extent to which natural supports are able to meet the person's need for support and services; and c) the extent to which human services agencies and providers are able to provide or develop needed support or services.

Case Manager: An individual who organizes and coordinates services and supports for adults with mental health concerns.

Case Management Services: Includes a functional assessment, individual community support plan, referral and assistance in getting needed mental health and other services, coordination of services and monitoring of the delivery of services.

Community Alternatives for Disabled Individuals (CADI) Waiver: Home and community based services necessary as an alternative to institutionalization that promote the optimal health, independence, safety and integration of a person who would otherwise require the level of care provided in a nursing facility.

Community Support Plan: Person-centered plan that reflects a person’s needs and preferences.

Community Support Program (CSP): Services designed to help adults with serious and persistent mental illness to function and remain in the community. These services may include; medication monitoring, assistance in independent living skills, crisis, psychological rehabilitation, and help in applying for government benefits.

Counselor/Therapist: A professional who helps with personal, social, or psychological problems.

Crisis Services: Provides specific short-term care and intervention strategies to a person due to the need for relief and support. This includes addressing both medical and behavioral needs.

Day Treatment: A short-term structured program consisting of group psychotherapy and other intensive therapeutic services provided by a multidisciplinary team. Day treatment services are provided to stabilize a recipient’s mental health status while developing and improving his/her independent living and socialization skills. The goal of day treatment is to reduce or relieve the effects of mental illness and provide training to enable the recipient to live in the community.

Diagnosis (Dx): The identification of a disease or problem from signs and symptoms.

Disability: Inability to engage in substantial gainful activity by reason of any medically determined physical or mental impairment that can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months.

Evidence-Based Practices: Interventions which have consistent scientific evidence showing that they improve client outcomes.

Federal Poverty Guidelines (FPG): Index of poverty in the United States that is updated annually; the measure forms the basis of eligibility for a number of programs.

Fee-For-Service (FFS): Payment to a provider for the provision of services on a service-by-service basis.

Group Residential Housing (GRH): A state-funded income supplement program that pays for room-and-board costs for low-income adults who have been placed in a licensed or registered setting with which a county human service agency has negotiated a monthly rate.

Health Maintenance Organization (HMO): Organization that provides an agreed-upon set of basic and supplemental health maintenance and treatment services to an enrolled group of persons in a particular geographic area.

Independent Living Skills (ILS): Services that develop and maintain the community living skills and community integration of a person. ILS is provided in the home of a person or in the community.

Intensive Residential Treatment (IRT): A short-term (90 day max), service provided in a 24 hour, 7 day a week residential setting to individuals who are in need of a more restrictive setting and are at risk of significant functional deterioration. Services are designed to develop and enhance psychiatric stability, personal and emotional adjustment, self-sufficiency, and skills to live in a more independent setting.

Jarvis: Law concerning non-compliant use of psychotropic medications.

Local Advisory Council (LAC): The Mental Health Act of 1987 and the Children’s Mental Health Act of 1989 require counties to establish local mental health advisory councils. The Act gives LAC’s a broad role in the review, evaluation and planning of local mental health systems and reporting to the county board. Minnesota Statute 245.466.

Mental Health: Refers to how a person thinks, feels and acts when faced with life’s situations. It is how people look at themselves, their lives and the other people in their lives; evaluate the challenges and the problems; and explore choices. This includes handling stress, relating to other people and making decisions. Mental health is impacted by genetics, brain chemistry, trauma and environment.

Mental Health Practitioner: Person who provides services in the treatment of mental illness, under the supervision of a mental health professional.

Mental Health Professional: Licensed Psychologist, Licensed Psychological Practitioner, Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, Clinical Nurse Specialist Mental Health, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist or Psychiatrist providing clinical services in the treatment of mental illness. These licensed professionals are able to complete diagnostic assessments to determine appropriate diagnoses and treatment plans.

Mental Illness: Organic disorder of the brain or a clinically significant disorder of thought, mood, perception, orientation, memory or behavior.

Mentally Ill and Chemically Dependent (MI/CD): A “dual diagnosis” of at least one form of mental illness and at least one substance use disorder.

Ombudsman: Independent governmental official who receives complaints against government (and government-regulated) agencies and/or its officials from aggrieved persons, who investigates, and who if the complaints are justified, makes recommendations to remedy the complaints.

Personal Care Assistant (PCA): Assistance and support to eligible persons with disabilities and special health care needs, who live independently in the community. Services are provided by a qualified PCA and may be provided in the person’s own home or in the community.

Protection and Advocacy (P & A): Federally funded organizations located in every state that protect the rights of persons with developmental disabilities. In Minnesota, the Disability Law Center is the designated Protection and Advocacy agency.

Psychiatrist: A Physician who specializes in psychiatry and is certified in treating mental disorders.

Psychologist: A Mental Health professional with special training to listen to people with problems and help them to resolve their problems.

Self-Determination: Person, or his or her authorized representative, makes his/her own decisions, plans his/her own future, determines how money is spent for his/her supports and takes responsibility for the decision he/she makes.

Serious and Persistent Mental Illness (SPMI): Person age 18 years or older who has a mental illness diagnosis and meets one of the following conditions:

  • has undergone two or more episodes of inpatient care for mental illness within the preceding 24 months
  • has experienced a continuous psychiatric hospitalization or residential treatment exceeding six months duration within the preceding 12 months
  • has been treated by a crisis team two or more times within the preceding 24 months
  • has a diagnosis of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression or borderline personality disorder, evidences a significant impairment in functioning, and has a written opinion from a mental health professional stating he/she is likely to have future episodes requiring inpatient or residential treatment, unless community support program services are provided
  • has, in the last three years, been committed by a court as a mentally ill person under Minnesota statutes, or the adult’s commitment as a mentally ill person has stayed or continued
  • was eligible under one of the above criteria but the specified time period has expired or the person was eligible as a child with severe emotional disturbance and the person has a written opinion from a mental health professional, in the last three years, stating that he/she is reasonably likely to have future episodes.

Sliding Fee Scale: Payment to a provider based on a percentage of income.

Spenddown: Amount of money that a person enrolled in a Minnesota Health Care Program (MHCP) is responsible to pay before they are eligible for Medical Assistance (MA).

State Medical Review Team (SMRT): Division of the Department of Human Services who makes blind and disability determinations using criteria from the Social Security Administration. SMRT determines disability status for: individuals whose application for SSI or RSDI is pending and individuals who are disabled but are not eligible for SSI or RSDI.

Subsidy: A pre-determined amount of funding given to a private company to decrease expenses.

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Social Services Contact:

Sherburne County Govt Center
ATTN: Social Services
13880 Business Center Dr NW
Elk River, MN 55330-1692

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Phone: 763-765-4000
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