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Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS)

When undergoing substance abuse treatment, individual people can be admitted and discharged from treatment multiple times. TEDS comprises demographic and drug history information about these individuals. TEDS-A records the admissions, and TEDS-D records the discharges. The two data sets are separate but linkable. TEDS-A data collection began in 1992, and TEDS-D began in 2000. These data sets include:

  • Data for individuals who are 12 years old or older
  • Records for an admission or discharge, not individual people
  • Demographic information, such as age, sex, race/ethnicity, and employment status
  • Substance abuse characteristics, such as substances used, age at first use, route of use, frequency of use, and number of previous admissions

Where Do the Data Come From?

TEDS compiles client-level data for substance abuse treatment admissions from state agency data systems. State data systems collect data from facilities about their admissions to treatment and discharges from treatment.

Many of the facilities that report TEDS data receive state funds or federal block grant funds to provide alcohol and drug treatment services. State laws require substance abuse treatment programs to report publicly funded admissions. Some states only collect publicly funded admissions. Other states can collect privately funded admissions from facilities that receive public funding. States then report these data from their state administrative systems to SAMHSA.

Recently, several new data elements were added to TEDS to provide National Outcome Measures (NOMs). Nearly all states are currently providing the TEDS admission and discharge data, including the NOMs data elements. States not currently submitting both admission and discharge data are expected to begin submitting complete TEDS data soon.

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A Day in the Life of Older Adults: Substance Use Facts
Data Review or Analytical Report | Survey: Treatment Episode Data Set - May 11, 2017
Women of Childbearing Age and Opioids
Data Review or Analytical Report | Survey: Treatment Episode Data Set - January 18, 2017
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Veterans' Primary Substance of Abuse is Alcohol in Treatment Admissions
Spotlight | Survey: Treatment Episode Data Set - November 10, 2015
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