In 2010, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA—or ACA) charged the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) with developing a National Quality Strategy (NQS), the purpose of which is to better meet the promise of providing all Americans with access to health care that is safe, effective, and affordable. In March 2011, the Secretary of HHS reported to Congress on a National Strategy for Quality Improvement in Health Care. Using the NQS as a model, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has developed the National Behavioral Health Quality Framework (NBHQF).

To learn more about National Behavioral Health Quality Framework follow the link to SAMHSA's website.