Treatment Discharges: Latest Data
SAMHSA’s most recent Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS) report on discharges from substance abuse treatment services provides important information about the approximately 1.5 million treatment discharges occurring at reporting state-licensed treatment facilities across the Nation.
TEDS 2006: Discharges from Substance Abuse Treatment Services is the latest in a series of yearly reports that not only provide overall figures for the 42 states that report discharge data to TEDS—an increase from previous years—but also break this information down into a wide variety of programmatic and demographic criteria that can help provide greater perspective on the experiences of those who have undergone substance abuse treatment.
Overall, the report found that the patient completion rate during 2006 was 47 percent among patients discharged from reporting facilities. These rates varied considerably depending on a number of factors, including the substance abuse problem being treated and type of service provided by facilities.
The overall treatment completion rate was highest among clients discharged from hospital residential treatment (70 percent), detoxification (67 percent), and short-term residential treatment (59 percent). Treatment completion rates were lower in longer term and/or less-structured settings, such as long-term residential (44 percent) and outpatient treatment (40 percent).
The median length of stay for patients discharged from regular outpatient treatment was 87 days, but it was only 4 days for detoxification.
Completion rates tended to be higher among those discharged from treatment for primarily alcohol-related issues and for those who were employed.
TEDS is an episode-based system, which means that its numbers for discharges do not directly correspond to the number of individuals discharged from treatment programs in a given year. For example, one individual who had undergone treatment twice during the same year would be counted as two discharges in the TEDS report.
Download TEDS 2006: Discharges from Substance Abuse Treatment Services.
To order a print copy, call SAMHSA’s Health Information Network at 1-877-SAMHSA-7 (1-877-726-4727). Ask for publication number SMA09-4378.
Source: Office of Applied Studies, SAMHSA, Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS). Figure 2.2. Data received through September 3, 2008.