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Sunday 5:18 CST, May 28, 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.




  • The Journal, Integrating Science and Practice
    A 45-page issue that summarizes 10 well-established and frequently used instruments (or suites of instruments). Read more.
  • 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.