Chapter 2

Outpatient Treatment Discharges Aged 12 and Older: 2009

Chapter 2 presents data on the reason for discharge and median length of stay (LOS) in treatment for the 685,256 discharges aged 12 and older from outpatient treatment in 2009. Forty-four of the 45 reporting States and jurisdictions had discharges from this type of service [Table 2.1]. Outpatient treatment in this chapter excludes intensive outpatient treatment (Chapter 3), outpatient detoxification (Chapter 7), and outpatient medication-assisted opioid therapy (Chapter 8).

Reason for Discharge

Table 2.1 and Figure 2.1. Of the 685,256 discharges aged 12 and older from outpatient treatment in 20091:

Figure 2.1
Reason for discharge from outpatient treatment: 2009

Pie chart comparing Reason for discharge from outpatient treatment: TEDS 2009

SOURCE: Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, Substance Abuse and Mental Health
Services Administration, Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS). Data received through 10.10.11.


1 Percentages do not sum to 100 percent because of rounding.

Median Length of Stay (LOS)

Table 1.4 and Figure 2.2. Outpatient treatment discharges aged 12 and older had a median LOS of 92 days in 2009. By reason for discharge, the median LOS for outpatient treatment discharges aged 12 and older was:

Figure 2.2
Median length of stay (LOS) in outpatient treatment, by reason for discharge: 2009

Bar chart comparing Median length of stay in outpatient treatment, by reason for discharge: TEDS 2009

SOURCE: Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, Substance Abuse and Mental Health
Services Administration, Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS). Data received through 10.10.11.

Characteristics at Admission

Table 1.6. Outpatient treatment discharges aged 12 and older displayed some major differences from all discharges aged 12 and older combined:

Treatment Completion

Tables 2.2 and 2.3. Table 2.2 enumerates the characteristics at admission of discharges aged 12 and older from outpatient treatment by reason for discharge. Table 2.3 is based on Table 2.2. It presents two related proportions: a) the percent distribution of characteristics at admission among discharges completing treatment or transferring to further treatment compared to those who did not complete treatment, and b) the combined rate of completion or transfer to further treatment by characteristic at admission. Table 2.3 also provides the median LOS among outpatient treatment discharges aged 12 and over that completed treatment.

Completion/Transfer Rates and Characteristics at Admission

The overall combined treatment completion/transfer rate among outpatient treatment discharges aged 12 and over was 53 percent.

Median LOS among Discharges Completing Treatment

The overall median LOS in 2009 among discharges aged 12 and older completing outpatient treatment was 124 days.

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