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SAMHSA’s Award-Winning Newsletter
July/August 2009, Volume 17, Number 4 

Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS)

Treatment Discharges: Latest Data

Patient Completion Rate 47 Percent

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.

Notable Findings

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.

About the Data

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.

Reason for Discharge: TEDS 2006

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TEDS 2006 report showing individuals discharged from treatment programs - click to Enlarge image

Source: Office of Applied Studies, SAMHSA, Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS). Figure 2.2. Data received through September 3, 2008.

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  Statistics on Substance Abuse,  
  Mental Health  
State by State Estimates

State by State Estimates

Every state faces a different set of challenges with substance abuse and mental health issues, including binge drinking and depression.

Treatment Discharges: Latest Data

Treatment Discharges: Latest Data

SAMHSA's Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS) recently updated its data on discharges from treatment facilities.


  Treatment Updates  
TIP 50: Literature Review

TIP 50: Literature Review

Part 3 of TIP 50, Addressing Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors in Substance Abuse Treatment, is available.

Alcohol Abuse Treatment: Need, Barriers

Many people who need treatment for an alcohol problem are not seeking help. Why?

National Directory Updated and Available

National Directory Updated and Available

An updated guide to finding local substance abuse treatment programs is available.


  Real Warrior Campaign  
Reaching Out Makes a Real Difference

Reaching Out Makes a Real Difference

The Real Warriors Campaign is fighting the stigma of asking for help.


  Prevention Update  
Retail Tobacco Sales to Youth

Retail Tobacco Sales to Youth

Retail sales of tobacco products to young people continue to drop.

Parent Involvement Makes a Difference

Parent Involvement Makes a Difference

Parents play an important role in preventing substance abuse.

Suicide Prevention Update

Suicide Prevention Update

New funding, Web site redesign to improve navigation, and more.


  Grants  
Prevention Awards

Prevention Awards

To advance community-based prevention programs, $190 million to 25 grantees.

Calculating Program Allotments

A new guide provides information on procedures to calculate allocations for some key block and formula grants.

Drug Free Communities: Continuation Awards

More than 500 community coalitions nationwide recently received Drug Free Communities (DFC) continuation awards for their programs.


  Health Reform  
Nine Core Principles

Nine Core Principles

Ensuring current reform efforts include mental health and substance abuse issues.


  Mental Health  
Forecasting the Next 5 Years

Forecasting the Next 5 Years

Changes are coming to create “whole health,” person-centered care.


  Adolescents & Young Adults  
Need Treatment? Many Say No

Need Treatment? Many Say No

Nearly 7 million Americans age 18 to 25 were classified as needing treatment in the past year.


  Recovery Month  
Celebrating 20 Years of Recovery

Celebrating 20 Years of Recovery

Get up–to–the–minute updates on September's events.


  Also in this Issue  
Under the Influence: Fathers and Alcohol Use

Under the Influence: Fathers and Alcohol Use

Does dad's drinking affect his adolescent children?

Methadone Advisory

New information on the dangers of methadone in combination with other drugs.



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