Feedback Deadline: Tuesday, September 17, 2013 -
SAMHSA's National Behavioral Health Quality Framework is a set of core and supplemental measures, to help:
- Inform an agency's or system's funding and quality improvement decisions.
- Monitor the behavioral health of the Nation.
- Provide a way to examine and prioritize quality prevention, treatment, and recovery measures at the payer, provider/practitioner, and patient/population levels.
The Framework is aligned with key components of the HHS National Strategy for Quality, supporting the three broad aims of better care, healthy people/healthy communities, and affordable care. These aims include the dissemination of proven interventions and accessible care—a concept that captures affordable care along with other elements of care accessibility, including the impact of health disparities.
Given the rapid developments occurring in the quality of behavioral health data, these measures will be re-assessed on an annual basis and updated as appropriate. The expectation is that any entity with the capacity to collect behavioral health data will review these measures and use those of relevance to their populations.