Improvement in Quality of Life

​​​​​Quality of life can be measured using various quality of life scales as well as through demonstrating specific quality of life gains, which include successful housing, education, employment, relationships, civic activities, and social involvement. Quality of life should be measured and improved as a result of any behavioral health service.

Special Initiative:

In early 2012, the Council on Quality & Leadership (CQL) and Cardinal Innovations began discussions about the quality of life of people with intellectual disabilities or development disabilities receiving services under the NC Innovations Wavier. Cardinal Innovations has a number of quality metrics and has expressed interest in using the Personal Outcome Measures® to gather information about quality of life. During 2013, CQL and Cardinal Innovations developed a research/data advisory group to identify national and state issues; form questions; design a method for data collection, analysis, and reporting findings to internal staff, providers, consumers, and the state of North Carolina. In 2014-2015, CQL and Cardinal Innovations will complete a final report that summarizes the findings of this project and, includes recommendations that identify priorities to be addressed with improvement efforts.  In addition this initiative will address expanding the research to Cardinal Innovations' new catchments.​