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Behavioral Health Endorsement Maintenance 2014 Final Report - Phase 3 

Date of Publication:
MAY 2015
Associated Project:
Behavioral Health Endorsement Maintenance
In the United States, it is estimated that approximately 26.4% of the population suffers from a diagnosable mental disorder. These disorders—which can include serious mental illnesses, substance use disorders, and depression—are associated with poor health outcomes, increased costs, and premature death. Although general behavioral health disorders are widespread, the burden of serious mental illness is concentrated in about 6% of the population. In addition, many people suffer from more than 1 mental disorder at any given time; nearly half of those suffering from 1 mental illness meet the criteria for at least 2 more. By 2020, behavioral health disorders are expected to surpass all physical diseases as the leading cause of disability worldwide. This is the third in a series of 3 reports describing NQF's 2013-2015 measure evaluation projects for behavioral health measures. The multiphase project is aimed at endorsing measures of accountability for improving the delivery of behavioral health services and achieving better behavioral health outcomes for the U.S. population. Phase 3, detailed in this report, examines measures of tobacco use, alcohol and substance use, psychosocial functioning, ADHD, depression, and health screening and assessment for people with serious mental illness (SMI). On October 1-2, 2014, the Behavioral Health Standing Committee evaluated 13 new measures and 6 existing measures undergoing maintenance review. Sixteen of these measures were endorsed by the Committee, one was approved for trial use, one was not recommended, and one was deferred.