The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. With a vision to create "a life in the community for everyone," the National Outcome Measures (NOMs) were developed by SAMHSA in partnership with states and jurisdictions as the data strategy for measuring the success of the agency's block grant programs and key initiatives. In addition, NOMs were designed to meet the various reporting requirements of the federal government.

There are two primary federal activities that are concerned with the effectiveness and accountability of federal programs: the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993 and the Performance Assessment Rating Tool (PART) administered by the White House Office of Management and Budget. While each has its ...

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