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Data We Collect

The Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality (CBHSQ) is the leading source of behavioral health data in the United States. Behavioral health data collected includes:

  • Prevalence of mental illness and substance use disorders
  • Behavioral health service provision and use
  • Evaluation data

This data helps researchers, public health officials, and policymakers to understand and solve issues.

Restricted Use Data Program

Restricted use NSDUH microdata —including geographical variables—are accessible through the federal research data center (RDC) network to approved researchers. Learn more.

Our Scientific Integrity

Learn how we uphold our research to the highest quality through our data integrity practices. Learn more.

  • The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) is a primary source of data on behavioral health among U.S. households. It is used to identify prevalence, trends, and correlates among behavioral health related issues at national and state levels.

  • The Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS) is a national data system of admissions and discharges at substance abuse treatment facilities. It contains demographic, substance use, and visit related information.

  • The National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services compliments the N-MHSS and collects data from substance use treatment facilities in the United States. It helps SAMHSA and state and local governments analyze treatment services and maintain the Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator.

  • The National Mental Health Services Survey (N-MHSS) collects data from mental health treatment facilities in the United States. It helps SAMHSA and state and local governments analyze treatment service and maintain the Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator.

  • The Drug Abuse Warning Network collects data on drug-related emergency department visits in several US metro areas to monitor dangerous substances and use patterns. It contains data through 2011 but similar data will be collected through an ongoing collaboration with the National Center for Health Statistics.

  • The Mental Health Client-Level Data system works with states to collect data on demographic, clinical, and outcome characteristics of individuals receiving mental health treatment services. It helps SAMHSA and State level agencies understand the mental health needs and available services.

  • The Uniform Reporting System (URS) is comprised of 21 Excel tables that are developed by the federal government in consultation with State Mental Health Agencies (SMHAs).

  • SAMHDA is a public resource for the collection, analysis, and dissemination of SAMHSA’s behavioral health data. If you’re looking for data files, the SAMHDA site provides questionnaires, codebooks, and datasets for multiple studies. If you’re looking for publications, SAMHDA has links to these as well as a searchable database of bibliographic citations.

  • The National Substance Use and Mental Health Services Survey (N-SUMHSS) collects data from facilities providing treatment for substance use and mental disorders in the United States. It helps SAMHSA and state and local governments assess various aspects of mental health and substance use treatment services, and maintain the Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator.