Acronym Glossary

Acronyms are often used by public and private agencies as timesaving, shorthand ways to communicate lengthy titles or basic concepts. This glossary provides a quick reference to the terms, acronyms and abbreviations commonly used by this Department.

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Affirmative Action/Civil Rights Compliance - Department of Health Services, Division of Enterprise Services, Bureau of Human Resources.

Area Agency on Aging; substate planning and coordinating agency authorized by federal Older Americans Act; 3 in Wisconsin.
Affirmative Action Information System.

Add a Program

Adults at Risk - as defined in Wis. Stat. § 55.043(1e), means any adult who has a physical or mental condition that substantially impairs his or her ability to care for his or her needs and who has experienced, is currently experiencing, or is at risk of experiencing abuse, neglect, self-neglect, or financial exploitation.

Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents


Alternative Benefit Plan


Affordable Care Act


Online tool to determine eligibility for health and nutrition public assistance programs, to apply for benefits and for members to manage their accounts.


Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are negative occurrences in childhood, including abuse, neglect, or household dysfunction, which are linked to compromised health and well-being in adulthood.

Asbestos-containing materials; asbestos or any material or product which contains more than one percent of asbestos.

Accountable Care Organization

Aspen Central Office

Americans with Disabilities Act; PL 101- 336, as amended; 42 USC 12101 - 12213.
Alcohol, Drug Abuse and Mental Health Block Grant.
AIDS/HIV Drug Assistance Program
Administrative Directives
Formal DHS directives that establish basic Department policy and procedure for general operations, that apply only to Department staff and that are issued by the Secretary's Office from time to time in a standard written format following a determination that the particular policy and procedure should be disseminated throughout the Department. Included in the Department's Operations Directives Manual.
Average daily population.

Aging and Disability Resource Centers, or ADRCs, offer the general public a single source of objective information and assistance on issues effecting older people and people with disabilities. Also, ADRCs are the local entry-way to obtain publicly funded long term care.

Adult Family Home (a)
A home certified by a county social services or human services department, in which 1 or 2 adults unrelated to the operator reside and which provides a structured living arrangement for residents.
Adult Family Home (b)
A home for 3 to 4 developmentally disabled adults who receive care and maintenance above the level of board and room, but not nursing care, from the person whose home it is, and who for the most part lived in the home when they were younger and it was regulated as a foster home for children. Certified under ch. HSS 82 rules.
Adult Family Home (c)
A home for 3 or 4 adults who receive care, treatment and services above the level of board and room, but not nursing care. Licensed under ch. HSS 88 rules.
Automated External Defibrillator
Aid to Families with Dependent Children; former income maintenance program providing payments to low - income households with children. Replaced by W-2.
Adult Family Home
Age Discrimination Act of 1967
Federal law, 29 USC 621 to 634, prohibiting discrimination in employment on the basis of age.
Age Discrimination Act of 1975
Federal law, 42 USC 6101 et seq., prohibiting discrimination on the basis of age in federally funded programs or activities.
Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs)

Aging and Disability Resource Centers, or ADRCs, offer the general public a single source of objective information and assistance on issues effecting older people and people with disabilities. Also, ADRCs are the local entry-way to obtain publicly funded long term care.

Aging Network
Refers to Department's Bureau of Aging and Disability Resources, Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs), county and tribal aging units (C-TAUs), nutrition projects for the elderly, senior centers, and all other public and nonprofit organizations in Wisconsin that plan for, develop, and provide services for older adults.
American Heart Association
Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act, PL 99-519, 15 USC 2641 et. seq., relating to asbestos abatement in schools.

Automated Health Services, Inc. (enrollment broker)

American Indian Advisory Committee; advisory to the DHS Secretary.
Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome.
Ambulatory Surgical Center
A facility operated exclusively to provide surgical services to patients who do not require overnight hospitalization. Term usually refers to distinct, freestanding centers certified under federal Medicare program. There are also hospital-affiliated ambulatory surgery centers.
American Medical Informatics Association
A drug used to help in the treatment of alcohol abuse; a person on this drug becomes violently ill following ingestion of alcoholic beverages.

Administrator's Office.

Administration on Aging in HHS; responsible at federal level for Older Americans Act programs.
Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse.
American Public Health Association.

ACCESS for Partners and Providers

Applied Receipts
Revenues, usually federal, available to offset expenditures for specific services or programs.
Appointing Authority
Any staff person in the Department who has been given the power to appoint individuals to, or to remove them from, subordinate positions.
Automated Personnel System; payroll-related timekeeping system.
Association for Retarded Citizens
Assistant to Regional Field Operations Director (DQA)
ambulatory surgical center
Assisted Living Facility
Popular name for a place where 5 or more adults reside which consists of independent apartments and which provides each tenant with up to 28 hours of supportive, personal and nursing services per week; 1997 Wisconsin Act 13 amended statutes to change official name to residential care apartment complex.
Association of State and Territorial Health Officials - Non-profit public health organization that represents the leaders of State and Territorial health agencies.
Activities within a Restricted Environment; a unit at Winnebago Mental Health Institute that provides long-term care for persons who have not responded to treatment in other settings and who have demonstrated an inability to function outside of an institution.
Last Revised: May 22, 2018