CQL | The Council on Quality and Leadership

About CQL

Since 1969, CQL | The Council on Quality and Leadership has been a leader in working with human service organizations and systems to continuously define, measure, and improve quality of life and quality of services for youth, adults, and older adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and psychiatric disabilities. CQL offers accreditation, training, certification, research, and consultation services to agencies that share our vision of dignity, opportunity, and community for all people.



A world of dignity, opportunity, and community for all people.


CQL is dedicated to the definition, measurement, and improvement of personal quality of life.


CQL assists communities, systems and organizations to help people discover and define their own quality of life, measure personal quality of life for individuals, organizations and systems and improve the quality of life for people with disabilities, people with mental illness and older adults ― and the people, organizations and communities that support them.


  • Develop and implement person-centered quality measures, performance indicators, and evaluation methods

  • Conduct an international accreditation program

  • Provide training, consultation and education to build individual and organizational capacity

  • Conduct research and disseminate information to enhance policy making

  • Provide access to information, innovation, and emerging ideas in quality of life



Smaller-scale providers, nation-wide organizations, member associations, and state agencies can benefit from CQL's person-centered approach. You can find out how CQL | The Council on Quality and Leadership carries out its mission, vision, and values by reading our 2019 Annual Report, which shares details about CQL activities throughout the year, along with information about our Board of Directors, staff members, financial position, and more.

You can also learn about the variety of services, tools, resources, and more, that CQL utilizes to improve the quality of supports being provided and in turn, the quality of life for people receiving those supports.




Mail Image/Icon   info@thecouncil.org

Phone Image/Icon   410.583.0060