Glossary of Terms

Level of Care (LOC)
The intensity of medical care being provided by the physician or health care facility.
Level of Care for Alcohol and Drug Treatment Referral (LOCADTR)
The patient placement criteria system required for use in making SUD level of care decisions in NYS.
Level of Care Guidelines
Written criteria designed for use by qualified BH professionals in making level of care decisions based on an individual's symptoms, history, likelihood of treatment response, available resources and other relevant clinical information. The purpose of the level of care determination is to assure that a Plan member in need of service is placed in the least restrictive, but most clinically appropriate level of care available, consistent with NYS medical necessity criteria. May also be called placement criteria.
Local Governmental Unit (LGU)
As defined under Article 41 of the NYS Mental Hygiene Law, each LGU has a Director of Community Services responsible for the oversight and planning of the local mental hygiene system. This includes mental health, substance use, and developmental disability services.
Long Term Care (LTC)
Care that recurs or continues over long periods of time, often serving people with chronic physical or mental disorders.