Glossary of Terms

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)
A specific plan to allow improved coordination and continuity of care for clients with special needs. Clients must meet certain eligibility criteria. Examples of SNP include Medicare Advantage coordinated care plan including HMO, and local or regional PPO as well as NYS HIV SNPs.
State Designated Entity (SDE)
In order to increase access to Adult and Children's HCBS, an agency can be designated by the state to complete assessments and create HCBS Plans of Care for individuals not enrolled in a Health Home.
State Plan Amendment (SPA)
See Children and Family Treatment and Support Services
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 federal program that pays benefits to disabled adults and children who have limited income and resources.