The final year of the Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) was 2011. At that time, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) began partnering with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) on a new survey the National Hospital Care Survey (NHCS). (link is external)
NHCS collects data from a sample of hospitals around the U.S., focusing on emergency department (ED) visits. From this sample of hospitals, NHCS integrates the following data:
- Inpatient data formerly collected by the CDC’s National Hospital Discharge Survey
- ED and outpatient department data collected by CDC’s National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey
- Substance-involved visit data previously collected by DAWN
SAMHSA will publish drug- and mental illness-related visit data in SAMHSA’s Emergency Department Surveillance System, or SEDSS.
With this data, it will be possible to examine patient care across treatment settings. There will also beexpanded data on diagnoses, treatments and procedures, health insurance coverage, providers, and visit outcomes.
NCHS is currently recruiting hospitals for the sample. Once data collection is completed, the Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality expects to release SEDSS annual reports and public data by 2020.