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CODAP data were used to describe aspects of drug abuse phenomena as well as treatment processes. Knowledge concerning the characteristics of drug abusers and their drug problems enabled managers to best direct the activities of intervention programs and respond to abusers’ needs for treatment. Data on age at first use for specific drugs were used to target prevention activities. Data on average time in treatment were used to estimate the number of clients that could be treated in a given treatment slot over a year (turnover).

While numerous quarterly and annual CODAP reports were published and ad hoc papers were prepared, two recurring, computer-generated reports were developed for specific management purposes. One of these, the NIDA-funded Slots Utilization Report, utilized NIDA client census data from the CODAP Client Flow Summary File in conjunction with data on NIDA-funded slots to calculate monthly clinic-level utilization rates for NIDA slots. Based on this report, States transferred NIDA funds from underutilized clinics to overutilized clinics as appropriate. The quarterly Clinic Management by Exception Report identified, on a State-by-State basis, clinics that were statistically above and below normal with respect to client outcome measures, such as time in treatment, employment status, and reason for discharge. This information was used by NIDA program development specialists working with State officials in targeting technical assistance and treatment evaluation activities.

CODAP fulfilled the stated objectives of coordinating data collection activities among various Federal, State, and local agencies, and of providing data useful for program planning, management and allocation of treatment resources, and evaluation of treatment activities. Additionally, the information pertaining to client characteristics, geographic distribution, and drug abuse patterns and trends over time also greatly increased national knowledge about the epidemiology of drug abuse.

This page was last updated on June 16, 2008