The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) today announced the availability of its 2008 TEDS report on discharges from substance abuse treatment facilities located throughout the nation. The report provides information on treatment completion, length of stay, substances of abuse, demographic information and other statistical data about those aged 12 and older who were discharged from drug treatment facilities in 2008.
The report’s findings cover the more than 1.6 million treatment discharges that were reported by thousands of facilities participating in the TEDS reporting network in 2008. Information on treatment discharges was collected by state authorities across the nation, who in turn shared the data with SAMHSA. The report provides information on the following key characteristics involved in these discharge cases:
- Type of treatment service
- Reason for discharge
- Treatment completion
- Length of stay in treatment
This information can provide valuable insight to those in the substance abuse treatment community, helping them better gauge the strengths of certain treatment approaches as well as identify opportunities for potential improvement. The report, Treatment Episode Data Set 2008: Discharges from Substance Abuse Treatment Services, was developed as part of SAMHSA’s strategic initiative on data, quality and outcomes. Copies of the report can be downloaded at http://wwwdasis.samhsa.gov/teds08/teds2k8dindex.htm or in PDF at: http://wwwdasis.samhsa.gov/teds08/teds2k8dweb.pdf.
SAMHSA is a public health agency within the Department of Health and Human Services. Its mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.