Free Treatment Available
According to N-SSATS, some facilities offer substance abuse treatment at no charge or a sliding fee scale based on income and other factors (see chart).
SAMHSA data show that private nonprofit organizations operated the majority of facilities offering “all free” care and “partial free” facilities (73.8 and 68.1 percent, respectively). Among facilities offering “no free” care, approximately equal percentages were operated by private for-profit (46.9 percent) and private nonprofit (46.4 percent) organizations.
Facilities offering “all free” care (51.6 percent) were more likely than those in the “partial free” (30.5 percent) or “no
free” (20.6 percent) groups to offer nonhospital residential care.
Read the full report from the National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services, Free Substance Abuse Treatment, at http://oas.samhsa.gov/2k10/202/202FreeTx2k10Web.pdf.
Note: Percentages may not sum to 100 percent due to rounding.
Source: 2008 SAMHSA National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services (N-SSATS).
Individuals seeking free treatment and those making referrals for some clients may use SAMHSA’s Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Locator at http://findtreatment.samhsa.gov. To locate facilities offering free or reduced cost services, select from the “Payment Assistance” options when designing your search.