Performance Improvement 2007. What Were the Characteristics of Discharges from Substance Abuse Treatment Facilities During 2003?



This study examined data on clients discharged from substance abuse treatment in 2003 in the United States, as reported to the Treatment Episode Data Set. In 2003, twenty-six States provided data on 937,499 discharges. The data include information on the demographic and substance abuse characteristics of discharged clients, reasons for discharge (including treatment completion), and length of stay in treatment. The study found that treatment was completed by 41 percent of the clients discharged in 2003. Twenty-six percent dropped out of treatment, 11 percent were transferred to further treatment, 8 percent had their treatment ended by the facility, 1 percent had treatment ended because of incarceration, less than 1 percent died, 6 percent failed to complete treatment for other reasons, and the reason for discharge was unknown for the remaining 8 percent of discharged clients. Except for discharges from methadone treatment, the median length of stay in treatment was greatest for discharges from outpatient treatment (64 days), followed by long-term residential treatment (42 days), and intensive outpatient treatment (41 days). The median length of stay in treatment for discharges from short-term residential treatment was 20 days. Discharges from detoxification had the shortest median length of stay (3 days).

Report Title: Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS) 2003: Discharges from Substance Abuse Treatment Services
Agency Sponsor: SAMHSA, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Federal Contact: Trunzo, Deborah, 240-276-1267
Performer: Synectics for Management Decisions, Inc.; Arlington, VA
PIC ID: 8308

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