Defining a "Gold Standard" for Measuring the Effectiveness of Behavioral Therapy

Development of a core set of indicators for behavioral health

From 1998 to 2000, a partnership between the American College of Mental Health Administration and five major U.S. accrediting organizations produced a consensus set of indicators for behavioral health services.

Indicators are particular aspects of health care that can be quantified and measured to assess whether a process or outcome occurs.

Key Results

  • The Accreditation Organization Workgroup met six times, resulting in the development and dissemination of a proposed consensus set of indicators.
  • An important byproduct of this project has been the development of a new level of collaboration among the accrediting organizations.