Learn More About CQL
The first edition of standards was developed by CQL to end inhumane treatment and abuse in large residential facilities. These affected services for people with intellectual disabilities in state institutions and reflected the principles and values of professionals, families, provider organizations, and government agencies.
CQL continued to develop new and updated national consensus standards throughout the 1980s. The Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA), now known as Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), based its regulations on the CQL standards ultimately published in the 1984 edition of ‘Standards for Services.’
Previously known as The Accreditation Council on Services for People with Developmental Disabilities (ACDD), the organization is renamed The Council on Quality and Leadership (CQL). This shift also involved revisions to the Outcome Based Performance Measures, now titled the Personal Outcome Measures®.