Terminology

We recognize that our service-related acronyms are often confusing to individuals who are new to our agency.   Therefore, we have developed a list of a few of our most frequently used acronyms.  If you have encountered other terms that are confusing, please feel free to let us know!  We will add them to our list.

CCAR: (pronounced “Cee-Car”) This is not an acronym. It is the name of our agency. Like Sam, Bob, or Bill, we’re just called CCAR.

Program Consumer or Consumer: This is an individual (adult or child) who receives services from CCAR Industries

P.U.N.S.: This is Prioritization of Urgency of Need for Services. Essentially, it is a form completed by interview and is the document that enters an individual into the system for disability-related services. Adults interested in services through the Division of Developmental Disabilities contact their local P.A.S. agency to complete a Prioritization of Urgency of Need for Services (PUNS) form.

P.A.S.: This is Pre-Admission Screening. These are also known as Independent Service Coordination (ISC) agencies. Prairieland Service Coordination is the agency that serves most central Illinois counties including Coles, Cumberland, and Douglas. Independent Service Coordinators or Pre-Admission Screening agents determine service eligibility for adults with developmental disabilities.

I.S.P. : This is an Individual Service Plan. This is an annual document that outlines services, supports, and goals for each program participant. Typically, a meeting is held to review this document with the consumer, guardian, P.A.S. representative, and CCAR Q.I.DP.. Individuals who have a “dual diagnosis” (a secondary diagnosis that requires mental health treatment) have semi-annual service planning meetings to review plan progress and to address changes in needs.

Q.I.D.P. or Q.: This is a Qualified Intellectual Disabilities Professional. Essentially, this is a case manager who writes service plans, coordinates services and supports, and helps consumers with other needs that arise while they attend the programs. A Q.I.D.P. is assigned to each adult consumer. You may also hear the Q.I.D.P.s in the Home Based Support program called Service Facilitators.

D.S.P.: This is a Direct Support Person. This is a person who works closely with consumers on a daily basis to help them meet their personal goals. Many D.S.P.’s work in our residential homes and at our day programs. In the day programs, the D.S.P.’s are sometimes called job coaches or developmental trainers.

D.T.: Usually, this stands for Developmental Training. That’s a day program service. Sometimes, it refers to a Developmental Therapist. Those are the ladies in Early Intervention that visit your home.

C.I.L.A.: This is Community Integrated Living Arrangement. There are three categories at CCAR:  24 Hour C.I.L.A. (services provided in agency-owned homes with 4-6 adults), Intermittent C.I.L.A. (services provided to consumers in their home), or Family C.I.L.A. (services provided to consumers who live with their families).

C.F.S.: This is Client and Family Support.  This is the label for a program that encompasses the following services:  Intermittent and Family C.I.L.A., Respite, and Adult and Children’s Home Based Support.

D.H.S./D.D.D.: This is the Illinois Department of Human Services Division of Developmental Disabilities. They are one of CCAR Industries’ funding sources.  A link to their website is also on our “Links” page.

C.C.W.: This is a Childcare Worker.  It is a credential recognized by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (D.C.F.S.) for a person who has completed educational requirements (High School or equivalent), background checks, and training requirements. C.C.W.’s work in Children’s Group Homes licensed by D.C.F.S. and funded by the Illinois Department of Human Services (D.H.S.) under the current Children’s Residential Medicaid Waiver.