|March 7, 2003|
Facilities Providing Substance Abuse Treatment in Languages Other than English
In 2000, 18 percent of persons 5 years or older in the United States (roughly 47 million) spoke a language other than English at home: 11 percent spoke Spanish and 7 percent spoke another language.1 This report looks at substance abuse treatment facilities providing treatment in languages other than English, as reported to the National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services (N-SSATS).
N-SSATS is an annual survey of all facilities in the United States, both public and private, that provide substance abuse treatment. Four groups of facilities were compared: 1) facilities providing services only in English (English-only facilities); 2) facilities providing treatment in English and Spanish (Spanish facilities); 3) facilities providing treatment in English, Spanish, and at least one other language (multilingual facilities); and 4) facilities providing treatment in English and at least one language other than Spanish (other language facilities).
The States that reported the highest percentages of facilities providing treatment in languages other than English were in the West, Northeast, and South (Figure 1). The highest percentages were reported by New Mexico (61 percent), Texas (48 percent), California (48 percent), Utah (46 percent), Arizona (45 percent), Massachusetts (44 percent), Oregon (43 percent), New York (41 percent), Connecticut (40 percent), and Florida (38 percent).
Type of Care
Hospital inpatient facilities comprised the largest proportion of facilities offering treatment in languages other than English (33 percent). Thirty-one percent of outpatient facilities and 16 percent of non-hospital residential facilities offered treatment services in a language other than English. Among facilities offering more than one type of care, apporximately 28 percent offered services in a language other than English. In each case, the predominant foreign language was Spanish: approximately 23 percent of the facilities providing each type of care were Spanish facilities. Multilingual and other language facilities were small proportions of the facilities providing each type of care.
Programs and Groups for Special Populations
Facilities providing treatment in languages other than English also reported providing programs or groups for adolescents, clients with co-occurring disorders (i.e., clients with a psychiatric problem in addition to a substance abuse problem), persons with HIV/AIDS, gays and lesbians, seniors, and pregnant or postpartum women more frequently than English-only facilities (Table 2).
Of all facilities providing methadone/LAAM treatment, about half (49 percent) provided treatment in other languages: 39 percent were Spanish, 3 percent were multilingual, and 7 percent were other language facilities. Among non-methadone facilities, only 28 percent offered treatment in a language other than English.
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Services Information System (DASIS) is an integrated data system maintained by the Office
of Applied Studies, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
One component of DASIS is the National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services
(N-SSATS), an annual survey of all facilities in the United States, both public and
private, that provide substance abuse treatment. N-SSATS was formerly known as the Uniform
Facility Data Set (UFDS).
The DASIS Report is prepared by the Office of Applied Studies, SAMHSA; Synectics for Management Decisions, Inc., Arlington, Virginia; and RTI, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.
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