The National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services (N-SSATS) is an annual survey of all known public and private substance abuse treatment facilities in the United States. It is designed to collect data based on the location of the facility. The objectives of the survey are to:
- Collect data that can be used to assist SAMHSA and state and local governments in assessing the nature and extent of services provided and in forecasting treatment resource requirements.
- Analyze general treatment services trends.
- Form the Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator. (link is external)
N-SSATS is maintained by the Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality (CBHSQ), an agency within the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). N-SSATS collects three types of information from facilities:
- Characteristics of individual facilities. This includes types of treatment provided and services offered (assessment; counseling; pharmacotherapies used; and testing, transitional, and ancillary services), operation of the facility (public or private), and special programs or groups provided for specific client types. It also includes client outreach and payment options.
- Client count information, based on a survey reference date with an odd-numbered year. This includes counts of clients served by service type and the number of beds designated for treatment.
- General information, including licensure, certification, accreditation, and facility website availability.