Glossary of Terms

Safety Net Assistance (SNA)
A New York State temporary assistance program. Individuals who receive little or no income and less than $2000 in resources are eligible, especially those who aren't eligible for other programs such as single adults, childless couples, children living apart from adults, etc.
Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT)
A screening and intervention procedure conducted in primary care, ED or in some specialty care settings to screen for risky substance use and provide a brief intervention or when indicated, a referral to treatment.
Serious Mental Illness (SMI)
A diagnosable mental disorder experienced by an adult that is sufficiently severe and enduring to cause functional impairment in one or more life areas and a recurrent need for mental health services.
Social Determinant of Health (SDH)
Conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work. Their circumstances are affected by the distribution of money, power, and resources. VBP contractors in Level 2 or Level 3 agreements will be required statewide to implement at least one SDH intervention. DOH has created a reporting template that will be used to measure progress.
Special Needs Plan (SNP)
Can be any type of Medicare Advantage coordinated care plan including HMO, and local or regional PPO. SNPs allow improved coordination and continuity of care to improve care for Medicare beneficiaries with special needs.
Start-Up Date
The date the managed care organization or Health and Recovery Plan providers begin providing behavioral health services identified in the request for qualifications.
State Medicaid Agency (SMA)
For New York State this is the NYS Department of Health.
State Plan Amendment (SPA)
An agreement between a state and the federal government describing how that state administers its Medicaid and CHIP programs.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
The agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation by reducing the impact of substance abuse and mental illness.
Substance Use Disorder (SUD)
Refers to substance abuse and substance dependence and measured on a continuum from mild to severe depending on how many relevant symptoms an individual exhibits. Each substance has its own separate use disorder but is diagnosed based on the same overarching criteria symptoms.
Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
A program that pays benefits to disabled adults and children who have limited income and resources.