|December 19, 2003|
Discharges from Intensive Outpatient Treatment: 2000
This report examines discharge data in the Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS).1 TEDS is comprised of two major components, the Admission Data System and the Discharge Data System. Both admission and discharge data come primarily from facilities that receive some public funding.
States are asked to submit data for all discharges from substance abuse treatment. In 2000, 18 States2 submitted 347,923 records for clients discharged from treatment. Nearly all of these records (94 percent) could be linked to a TEDS admission record. These 326,750 linked admission/discharge records are referred to as treatment episodes. Of these episodes, over 99 percent (323,156) had a valid response for reason for discharge. This report presents data on the 16 percent (52,248) of these treatment episodes that represent clients who received intensive outpatient treatment (Table 1). Intensive outpatient treatment is treatment that, at a minimum, lasts two or more hours per day for three or more days per week. Clients discharged from regular outpatient treatment and outpatient detoxification are not included in this report.3
Reasons for Discharge
About two fifths (41 percent) of intensive outpatient treatment episodes involved individuals who completed treatment, and another 9 percent involved those who were transferred to further treatment (Figure 1). The remaining intensive outpatient treatment episodes involved clients who left against professional advice (23 percent); whose treatment was terminated by the facility (20 percent); or who were discharged for other reasons (7 percent).
Alcohol was the primary substance of abuse4 in 58 percent of the completed intensive outpatient treatment episodes (Figure 2), followed by marijuana (20 percent), cocaine (10 percent), stimulants (6 percent), opiates (4 percent), and other substances (2 percent).
Completion of Outpatient Treatment
The intensive outpatient treatment completion rate was highest, at 51 percent, for episodes involving alcohol as the primary substance of abuse (Figure 3). For intensive outpatient treatment episodes with marijuana as the primary substance, the completion rate was 38 percent, followed by stimulants at 33 percent. Intensive outpatient treatment completion rates for episodes where the primary substances were cocaine or opiates were 27 percent and 24 percent, respectively.
Median Length of Stay
The median length of stay for completed intensive outpatient treatment episodes was 49 days, ranging from 42 days for cocaine to 54 days for stimulants (Figure 4).
1 For an earlier report on TEDS discharges, see Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Office of Applied Studies. The DASIS report: Treatment completion in the Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS). Rockville, MD. January 30, 2003.
2 States included are California, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Utah, and Wyoming.
3 Because treatment completion rates and lengths of stay vary across modalities or types of treatment, reports on other modalities, including regular outpatient, short-term residential, and detoxification treatment will be presented in other DASIS reports. The report on regular outpatient discharges is available. See Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Office of Applied Studies. The DASIS report: Discharges from Outpatient Treatment: 2000. Rockville, MD. November 21, 2003.
4 The primary substance of abuse is the main substance abused at the time of admission.
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