DCF: DCF Acronyms


ABC Unit - Acute Behavioral Crisis Unit – Mt. Sinai Hospital

ADD  -  Attention Deficit Disorder

ADHD - Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder

AFCAMP  - African, Caribbean, and American Parents of Children with Disabilities

AIC - Alternative Incarceration Center
AO - Area Office
AOSW - Area Office Social Worker
APHSA - American Public Human Services Association
APPLA - Another Planned Permanent Living Arrangement

ASFA - Adoption and Safe Families Act

CDHI - Commission on the Deaf and Hearing Impaired

CHIPS - Children’s Hospital Inpatient Psychiatric Services

CHDI - Children's Health Development Institutive

CHOICE - Children’s Homes Offering Individualized Cooperative Environment

CFSR - Child and Family Service Review
CHAP - Community Housing Assistance Program
CHEER - Community, Housing, Educational and Enrichment Resources Program

CIP - Children in Placement
CJR - Connecticut Junior Republic
CJTS - Connecticut Juvenile Training School
CLOC - Children's League of Connecticut
CMCU - Centralized Medication Consent Unit
CO - Central Office  (505 Hudson Street, Hartford, CT 06106)
CPA - Child Placing Agency
CPS - Child Protective Services
CPT - Child Placement Team

CREC - Capital Region Education Council

CR-CFT - Considered Removal - Child and Family Teaming

CSHCN - Children with Special Health Care Needs
CSSD - Court Support Services Division (Judicial Branch)

DART - Detection Assessment Research & Treatment at Yale New Haven Hospital

DAS - Department of Administrative Services

DSM - Diagnostic Service Manual

EAP - Employee Assistance Program
ED - Emergency Departments
EDT - Extended Day Treatment

EIP - Early Intervention Program
EMPS - Emergency Mobile Psychiatric Services
EPSDT - Early Periodic Screening Diagnosis and Treatment

FAE/FAS - Fetal Alcohol Effect / Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

FASU -  Foster and Adoptive Services Unit

FBR - Family Based Recovery

FIT - Family Intensive Therapy (Waterford Country School Program)
FFT - Functional Family Therapy
FSATS - Family Substance Abuse Treatment Services
FST - Family Support Teams

GAFS - Global Assessment Functioning Scale

GAIN - Global Appraisal for Individual Needs
GAL - Guardian Ad Litem
GSD - Gender and Sexual Diversity (replacing LGBTQQIA)
ICO - Interstate Compact Office
IEP - Individualized Education Program
IFP - Intensive Family Preservation

IICAPS - Intensive In-home Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Services

IOP - Intensive Out Patient

IS/MIS - Information Systems/Management Information Systems

ITC - Immediate Temp. Custody – Probate Court

IS - Information Systems

LD - Learning Disabled

LEA - Local Education Agency

LGBTI - Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex

Manson - Manson Youth Correctional Institution
MAWGY - Multi Agency Working Group on Youth
MDFT - Multi-Dimensional Family Therapy

MIT - Multidisciplinary Investigation Team

MSS - Managed Service System
MST - Multi-Systemic Therapy
MST- FIT - Multi-Systemic Therapy - Family Intensive Therapy
MST-PSB - Multi-systemic Therapy – Problem Sexual Behavior
MYI - Manson Youth Correctional Institution
NAMI-CT - National Alliance for the Mentally Ill of Connecticut

OA - Office Assistant

OCA - Office of the Child Advocate
OFAS - Office of Foster and Adoption Services
OOS - Out of State

OPM - Office of Policy and Management

PA - Parents Anonymous

PASS - Preparing Adolescents for Self-Sufficiency Group Home

PATH - Parents Available to Help

PD - Program Director

PDCs - Permanency Diagnostic Centers

PEAS - Parent Education and Assessment Child Services
PFC - Professional Foster Care
PIP - Program Improvement Plans

PHP - Partial Hospitalization Program

PIP - Preschool Intervention Program

PM - Program Manager

PMAC - Psychotropic Medication Advisory Committee
PMI - Psychotropic Medication Information
PO - Probation Officer

PPSP - Permanency Placement Services Program

PS - Program Supervisor/Protective Supervision

PPT - Pupil Placement Team/Permanency Planning Team

PWCL - Parents With Cognitive Limitations
PYDI - Positive Youth Development Initiative
RA - Regional Administrator
RFP - Request for Proposal
RBA - Results Based Accountability
RBT - Reinforcement Based Therapy
RRG - Regional Resource Group
RTA CT - Raise the Age Connecticut
RTC - Residential Treatment Center
SAC - State Advisory Council

SACS - Sexual Assault Crisis Services

SACWIS - Statewide Automated Child Welfare Information Systems
SAFAR - Substance-Abusing Families at Risk

SCAN - Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect - clinic at CCMC

SCJM - Superior Court for Juvenile Matters
SDE - State Department of Education
SED - Serious Emotional Disturbance
SRU - Special Review Unit
STAR Home - Short-Term Assessment and Respite Home
STEP - Support Team for Educational Progress
SW - Social Worker
SWCA - Social Work Case Aide
SWEAT - Supportive Work, Education and Transition Program
SWS - Social Work Supervisor

TANF - Temporary Assistance  for Needy Families

TDM - Team Decision Making

TF-CBT - Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy

TFH - Therapeutic Foster Home
TOG - Transfer of Guardianship
TOPS - Time Out for Parents

TPC - Treatment Planning Conference

TPR - Termination of Parental Rights

WATCH - Wraparound Services – Community Child Guidance Clinic

YAB - Youth Advisory Board

YPP - Youth Parents Program
Emily J. - Lawsuit which challenged the conditions of confinement in the Juvenile Detention Centers operated by the defendant officials of the State of Connecticut and the state's treatment of those children confined in those facilities.
Juan F. - Consent decree which resulted from a federal class action suit filed against the Department of Children and Youth Services, now the Department of Children and Families (DCF). The suit broadly challenged the department’s management, policies, practices, operations, funding, and protocols concerning abused and neglected children in its custody and those who might come into its custody.
W.R. - Lawsuit that was filed by several plaintiffs (youths in DCF’s care and/or their parents) who claimed that the DCF discriminated against them on the basis of their mental illness and that they were harmed by DCF’s failure to put into place policies and procedures to make sure that mentally ill youth in the care of DCF had placements available to them which would help them to live in the community.

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