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North Carolina Interventions (NCI)

NC Interventions (NCI) is a standardized training program to prevent the use of restraints and seclusion, created and supported by DMH/DD/SAS and used in various DMH/DD/SAS community agencies and state facilities.


Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is the name for a group of developmental disorders. ASD includes a wide range, “a spectrum,” of symptoms, skills, and levels of disability.


Person-Centered Planning

Person-Centered Planning is the core of participant direction. It assists individuals in exercising autonomy, choice and control over their lives, and the services and support they receive.


Generalized Anxiety Disorder

People with generalized anxiety disorder display excessive anxiety or worry for months and face several anxiety-related symptoms.



The LOCUS and CALOCUS are assessments and placement instruments developed by the American Association of Community Psychiatrists AACP & the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry AACAP. As of February 1, 2013 these assessment tools will be used to assess level of care needs for mental health consumers and will be required for all Service Authorization Requests (SAR).


Social Anxiety Disorder

People with social anxiety disorder (sometimes called have a marked fear of social or performance situations in which they expect to feel embarrassed, judged, rejected, or fearful of offending others.

Panic Disorder

People with panic disorder have recurrent unexpected panic attacks, which are sudden periods of intense fear that may include palpitations, pounding heart, or accelerated heart rate; sweating; trembling or shaking; sensations of shortness of breath, smothering, or choking; and feeling of impending doom.


ASD & Sleep

Sleep is a major issue for many adults and children who have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Lack of sleep can exacerbate some of the behavioral characteristics of ASD, such as hyperactivity, aggression, and lack of concentration. As a result, people with ASD who have a hard time sleeping may struggle at work or in their classroom.

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