The Top Five Questions on Revised Behavioral Health Care Outcome Measures Standard

By Lynn Berry, MLA
Project Director, Department of Standards and Survey Methods
The Joint Commission
Mar 23, 2018

How does an individual receiving behavioral health care (BHC) feel on a particular day? Does he feel good, bad or the same? Is she improving or declining? To help answer these questions, measurement-based care is an important tool for BHC organizations.

On January 1, a revised outcome measures standard for BHC became effective. The standard requires Joint Commission accredited BHC organizations to use a standardized tool or instrument to assess outcomes of care, treatment or services for the population(s) served.

Read more to get the five most commonly asked questions about BHC outcome measures standard implementation answered by the Joint Commission.