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Sunday 9:45 CST, July 23, 2017

New Outcome Measures Standard


The Joint Commission has recently revised a standard in the Care, Treatment, and Services (CTS) chapter so that organizations will be required to assess outcomes through the use of a standardized tool or instrument. Results of these assessments would then be used to inform goal, and objectives identified in individual plans of care, treatment, or services as needed, and evaluate outcomes of care, treatment, or services provided to the population(s) served.

Measurement-based care has become a high-profile issue in the behavioral health care field, and The Joint Commission believes that the enhancements to this standard will help accredited customers increase the quality of the care, treatment, and services they provide.

Click here for more information about these changes and
helpful guidelines for choosing a measurement instrument.



See the revised requirements here
These will remain posted until January 1, 2018.



Standardized Tools and Instruments

The Joint Commission is compiling a list of measurement-based care tools and instruments, which will be made available to behavioral health care organizations on our website as a resource they can use to comply with the revised outcome measurement standard CTS.03.01.09.

If you are a developer of a standardized tool or instrument that is appropriate for use as a routine outcome measure in the behavioral health care field, or a behavioral health care organization using a standardized tool or instrument that is working well for you, we encourage you to share your information about that tool or instrument with the behavioral health care field.

If you would like to post a description of a measurement-based care tool or instrument on The Joint Commission’s website so that it can be included in this list, you may do so by following this link:

The Joint Commission cannot make any endorsements of specific tools or instruments, or systems designed to analyze and display data, but having your tool or instrument on the list will let our customers know that they can use it to meet the requirements of the standard. If you have questions about the site, or issues with posting, please contact Scott Williams at

The list will be made public in early June, although developers/owners/vendors with standardized tools or instruments can continue to add descriptions to the list beyond that date.

Thank you for your support of this initiative, as we work to assist the field in the adoption of measurement-based care practices.



  • The Kennedy Forum
    Lists of dozens of instruments that are appropriate tools for measurement-based care categorized by type, setting, and other factors. Read more.