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Glossary of Terms

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ABA is an acronym for the Applied Behavioral Analysis model.

ABL Programs

ABL, or Adventure-Based Learning programs focus on positive character and team development, as well as the enhancement of life-process skills. For information on what kinds of ABL Programs Sweetser offers, click here.


ACI is Adult Community Integration. Click here for more information.


ACIS is an acronym for Adult Community Integration Services.  It is a case management service for adults.  You can find more info on ACIS here.


ACT stands for Assertive Community Treatment and is a highly integrated delivery of mental health services centered around the person.

Affiliate Network

A network of professionals in a wide variety of Maine communities, all dedicated to improving the lives of those struggling with a mental health and/or substance abuse issue. Learn more here.

Behavioral Health

Behavioral Health is a term that refers to the relationship between behavior and physical and mental health.  It includes all of the impact behaviors that affect mental and physical health near term or long term.  It also takes into account stressors of everyday life and any unexpected sources of stress as well.


BHP is an acronym for Behavioral Health Professional.  Those who make this their profession work in the behavioral health field.

Case Management

Case Management is the management of community services for patients by a professional.  It involves the assessment of need, development and deployment of care plans, and reviews of how these plans are working for the patient.  Sweetser offers case management services for both adults and children.  View our services for more information.

Case Manager

A case manager is a person who is in charge of managing a particular case.

Child Psychology

This is the study of psychological behaviors of children and infants.

Collaborative Practice

This is Sweetser's primary approach in serving their clients and their clients' families. Here are some initiatives Sweetser has taken to ensure the best collaborative services.


A state of mind in which a mental health patient cannot cope with and adjust to certain stressors in their environment.

Crisis Stabilization Unit (CSU)

These Units provide short-term placement for children or adults who are going through a mental health crisis.


CSU is an acronym that stands for Crisis Stabilization Unit.  See Crisis Stabilization Unit for definition.

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