Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

12/31/1969

TITLE: CMHS Client/Patient Sample Survey

ACRONYM: (CPSS)

AGENCY/PROGRAM: Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

DESCRIPTION:The purpose of the Client/Patient Sample Surveys (conducted in 1970, 1975, 1980, 1986, and 1997) has been the collection of general purpose statistics on the sociodemographic, clinical, and service use characteristics of clients served in the inpatient, residential, outpatient, and partial care programs of specialty mental health organizations in the United States (not all program types in all survey years). For each survey, a probability sample of programs was selected by type of organization and by size. Within sampled programs, a probability sample was selected of clients/patients admitted during a 1-month period (all survey years) and clients/patients under care on a single day (1986-97 surveys, only). The sample data collected were weighted to generate national estimates of the total number of persons admitted during 1 year to all specialty mental health organizations in the Nation. (The organizations include: state and county mental hospitals, private psychiatric hospitals, multiservice mental health organizations, Veterans Administration medical centers, the separate psychiatric services of non-Federal general hospitals, residential treatment centers for emotionally disturbed children, freestanding outpatient clinics, and freestanding partial care programs. Not all organization types surveyed in all years.) Each data collection involved the mailout of survey forms to sample programs for completion on the sample of clients/patients.

Files contain data on: Functional/Health Status; Services Utilization; Services Financing; Socioeconomic; Age/Gender; Other Demographic/Sociocultural.

RACE/ETHNICITY: Race/Ethnicity Categories for 1970 Survey: Race categories are: White; Negro; and Other.

Race/Ethnicity Categories for 1975 Survey: Race categories are: White; Black; Other; and Hispanic; Non-Hispanic.

Race/Ethnicity Categories for 1980, 1986 and 1997 Surveys: Race categories are: American Indian or Alaskan Native; Asian or Pacific Islander; Black; White; and Unknown. Ethnicity categories are: Hispanic, Non-Hispanic; and Unknown.

STATUS:Started in 1970, this intermittent data collection is active.

HOW TO ACCESS DATA: Upon request, with special agreement with the user.

Data Media: Diskette/CD; recent publications available at www.mentalhealth.org//cmhs/MentalHealthStatistics.

CONTACT PERSON:Laura Milazzo-Sayre
Survey & Analysis Branch, DSCSD
Center for Mental Health Services
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
5600 Fishers Lane, Parklawn Bldg., Rm. 15C-04
Rockville, MD 20857
(301) 443-3343 / fax (301) 443-7926
lmilazzo@samhsa.gov


TITLE: Inventory of Mental Health Organizations and General Hospital Mental Health Services

ACRONYM: IMHO/GHMHS

AGENCY/PROGRAM: Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

DESCRIPTION: The Inventory of Mental Health Organizations and General Hospital Mental Health Services (IMHO/GHMHS) is a biennial, complete enumeration of all specialty mental health organizations and separate psychiatric services of non-Federal general hospitals in the United States conducted by the Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS). Aggregate information is collected on patients served, capacity, funding by source, expenditures, staffing, etc., either at the organizational level or at the program element level (e.g., inpatient, residential, outpatient, partial care) depending on the item. Data on race/ethnicity are available for number of persons on the rolls of each of the program elements and type of organization for the United States and each State.

The CMHS requires the information to update longitudinal databases; to provide a universe for sample surveys; to study trends in utilization, staffing, and financial characteristics of mental health organizations; to support evaluation activities; and to provide basic information for state and national health care reform.

Files contain data on: Services Resources; Services Utilization; Services Expenditure and Financing; Age/Gender

RACE/ETHNICITY: Race categories are: American Indian/Alaska Native; Asian or Pacific Islander; Black; White; and Unknown. Ethnicity categories are: Hispanic; Non-Hispanic; and Unknown.

STATUS: Started in December 1986, this periodic (biennial) data collection is active.

HOW TO ACCESS DATA: Upon request, with special agreement with the user.

DATA MEDIA: Magnetic tape cartridge.

CONTACT PERSON: Michael Witkin
Survey and Analysis Branch, DSCSD,
Ctr. for Mental Health Services
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Parklawn Bldg., Rm. 15C-04
5600 Fishers Lane Rockville, MD 20857
(301) 443-3343 / fax (301) 443-7926
mwitkin@samhsa.gov


TITLE: Survey of Mental Health Organizations, General Hospital Mental Health Services, and Managed Care Organizations Survey

ACRONYM: SMHO

AGENCY/PROGRAM: Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

DESCRIPTION: The SMHO, a biennial survey, is structured into two data collection phases: (1) The first phase uses a brief 100% enumeration, referred to as the Inventory or Postcard, that is sent to all known mental health organizations and behavioral healthcare organizations for the purpose of providing minimal information in a timely manner and to serve as a sampling frame for the Sample Survey; (2) The second phase uses a Sample Survey questionnaire that is sent to a sample of the specialty mental health organizations and general hospitals with separate psychiatric services.

Aggregate information is collected on patients served, capacity, funding by source, expenditures, staffing, etc., either at theorganizational level or at the program element level (e.g., inpatient, residential, outpatient, partial care) depending on the item.

Data on race/ethnicity are available for number of persons on the rolls of each of the program elements and type of organization for the United States and each State.

The CMHS requires the information to update mental health care databases for the United States; to provide a sampling frame of organizations for sample patient surveys; to provide essential baseline data for State and national health care reform efforts; to study trends in utilization, staffing, and financial characteristics of mental health organizations; and to support evaluation projects.

Files contain data on: Services Resources; Services Utilization; Services Expenditure and Financing; Age/Gender

RACE/ETHNICITY: Race categories are: American Indian/Alaska Native; Asian or Pacific Islander; African American or Black; White; and Unknown. Ethnicity categories are: Hispanic; Non-Hispanic; and Unknown.

STATUS: The SMHO was initiated in1998 although the Inventory has been ongoing since 1980-81. This periodic (biennial) data collection are active.

HOW TO ACCESS DATA: Upon request, with special agreement with the user.

DATA MEDIA: diskette/CD and electronic transmittal. Data are available at www.mentalhealth.org//cmhs/MentalHealthStatistics.

CONTACT PERSON: Ronald Manderscheid, Ph.D
Survey and Analysis Branch, DSCSD,
Ctr. for Mental Health Services
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Parklawn Bldg., Rm. 15C-04
5600 Fishers Lane Rockville, MD 20857
(301) 443-3343 / fax (301) 443-7926
rmanders@samhsa.gov

 


TITLE: 1988 Inventory of Mental Health Services in State Adult Correctional Facilities

ACRONYM:

AGENCY/PROGRAM: Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

DESCRIPTION: The Inventory of Mental Health Services in State Adult Correctional Facilities was conducted on a one-time basis in September 1988. Each of the approximately 760 state adult correctional facilities in the United States and territories received a form, and approximately 99% responded. Forms were sent to the universe of prisons; therefore a sample was not drawn. Each warden or person designated by the warden filled in the survey instrument and returned it, in almost each case, to a contact person in their respective state departments of corrections, who then returned forms to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). (The Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) was part of NIMH when the survey was conducted.)

Comparative state data and national totals, in tabular form, are available.

Data were collected for race (American Indian/Alaskan Native, Asian/Pacific Islander, Black, White, Race Unknown) and for ethnic group (Hispanic, Non-Hispanic, Ethnicity Unknown). These demographic variables were collected for each prison as a whole and to describe inmates receiving each of the mental health services in each prison surveyed.

Files contain data on: Functional/Health Status; Services Resources; Services Utilization; Services Expenditure and Financing; Age/Gender.

RACE/ETHNICITY: Race categories are: American Indian/Alaskan Native; Asian or Pacific Islander; Black; White; and Race Unknown.

Ethnicity categories are: Hispanic; Not of Hispanic Origin; Ethnicity and Unknown.

Data were collected on certain organizational characteristics of the prisons, financing, and staffing variables and focused on collecting data on the availability and accessibility of mental health services to the inmates in the prisons. Characteristics of inmates receiving services were also collected.

STATUS: Started in September 1988, this single-time data collection is completed.

HOW TO ACCESS DATA: Upon request, with special agreement with the user

Data Media: Magnetic tape cartridge

CONTACT PERSON: Ingrid Goldstrom
Survey and Analysis Branch, DSCSD
Center for Mental Health Services
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
5600 Fishers Lane,
Parklawn Bldg.,Rm. 15C-04,
Rockville, MD 20857
(301) 443-3344 / fax (301) 443-7926
igoldstr@samhsa.gov


TITLE: Alcohol and Drug Services Study

ACRONYM: ADSS

AGENCY/PROGRAM: Office of Applied Studies, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

DESCRIPTION: The Alcohol and Drug Services Study (ADSS) is a national survey that will obtain information on substance abuse treatment facilities and clients to supplement our current information and to analyze the outcomes of treatment. ADSS, continuing the series of surveys begun by the 1990 Drug Services Research Survey, will study a national sample of approximately 2,200 treatment programs to obtain information on treatment providers and the organization of treatment. Site visits will be made to 180 programs to abstract client-level information on the characteristics of and services provided to a sample of 3,600 clients, who will be followed up over several years.

In the first phase, a sample of about 2,200 facilities (about 12%) will be surveyed from a universe of over 12,000 treatment providers. In the second phase, a subsample of 180 facilities (8%) will be visited to abstract patient-level information on clients discharged during the prior 12-month period. The client-level sample of 3,600 is approximately 0.2% of the estimated 2,000,000 client discharges annually.

Files contain data on: Functional/Health Status; Services Resources; Services Utilization; Services Expenditure and Financing; Socioeconomic; Age/Gender; Other Demographic/Sociocultural; and Behavioral.

RACE/ETHNICITY:
Race/Ethnicity Categories for Aggregate Facility-Level Data:

Race/Ethnicity categories are: American Indian or Alaskan Native; Asian or Pacific Islander; Black, Not Hispanic; White, Not Hispanic; Hispanic; Other

Race/Ethnicity Categories for Client-Level Data:

Race categories are: American Indian; Alaskan Native; Asian or Pacific Islander; Black; and White.

Ethnicity categories are: Hispanic; Not of Hispanic Origin; and Unknown.

STATUS: Started in 1996, this periodic data collection is planned. (The data collection on facilities will have two cycles, 2 years apart. The data collection on clients will entail two followup interviews, 1 year apart.)

HOW TO ACCESS DATA: At study completion in 1999 SAMHA's home page is at http://www.samhsa.gov. Substance abuse publications and public use data files produced by SAMHSA's Office of Applied Studies (OAS) may be downloaded by accessing the SAMHSA home page or by going directly to: http://www.samhsa.gov/oas/oasftp.htm. User-generated report and analysis capability of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Data (SAMHDA) systems are possible by accessing the following SAMHSA supported site: http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/SAMHDA.

WEB SITE:http://www.samhsa.gov.

CONTACT PERSON: Anita Gadzuk
Office of Applied Studies
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
5600 Fishers Lane, Parklawn Bldg., Rm. 16-105
Rockville, MD 20857
(301) 443-6239 / fax (301) 443-9847


TITLE: Drug Abuse Warning Network

ACRONYM: DAWN

AGENCY/PROGRAM: Office of Applied Studies, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

DESCRIPTION: The Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) is a large-scale, ongoing drug abuse data collection system sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). DAWN provides a picture of some of the consequences of drug abuse that manifest as drug-related visits to hospital emergency departments (EDs) and drug-related deaths investigated by medical examiners/coroners. DAWN records substances associated with ED visits and deaths; provides a means for monitoring drug abuse patterns, trends, and the emergence of new substances; assesses health hazards associated with drug use; and generates information for national and local drug abuse policy and program planning.

The DAWN emergency department component is based on a national probability sample of non-Federal, short-stay, general hospitals with 24-hour emergency departments. Hospitals are currently oversampled in 21 Primary Metropolitan Statistical Areas (PMSAs) and expansion into an additional 27 metropolitan areas is underway. Hospitals outside of these areas are sampled and form a national panel. National estimates are produced by combining estimates from the metropolitan areas and the national panel. Prior to the redesign, national estimates were possibly only for the coterminous U.S. Once the expansion is complete, approximately 900 hospitals will report to DAWN and estimates will be produced for the full U.S. and for 48 metropolitan areas.

The DAWN mortality component is not based on a probability sample, so it cannot produce national estimates of drug abuse-related deaths. Approximately 140 medical examiners and coroners in 40 metropolitan areas participate in DAWN currently. Expansion to include all jurisdictions (approximately 300) in 48 metropolitan areas (those targeted for the DAWN emergency department expansion) is underway. For those metropolitan areas where all jurisdictions participate, metropolitan area totals provide a census of drug-related deaths that were investigated by the ME/Cs.

Data on drug-related emergency department visits are abstracted from emergency department charts; data on drug-related mortality are abstracted from death investigation records from medical examiners/coroners. The record unit for the emergency department and medical examiners components of DAWN are visits and deaths, respectively. More than one drug can be reported ("mentioned") for a given visit or death; the unit of observation for drugs is the drug "mention." From 1972 to 2002, DAWN included only those cases (emergency department visits and deaths) related to documented drug abuse. Beginning in 2003, DAWN also will capture visits and deaths involving overmedication, malicious poisonings, underage drinking, and adverse drug reactions.

RACE/ETHNICITY: Data are tabulated into categories of White, Black, Hispanic, and all other races/ethnicities.

DATA LIMITATIONS: Population-based rates of emergency department drug episodes for racial or ethnic subgroups cannot be calculated because the racial/ethnic breakdowns available from DAWN do not match denominators from the census.

Estimates for emergency department drug-related episodes for American Indians or Alaskan Natives, Asian, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islanders, and multiple races are generally too small to be reported.

Drugs captured by DAWN include illicit substances, prescription and over-the-counter medications, dietary supplements, non-pharmaceutical inhalants, and alcohol when present in combination with another reportable drug. As many as 4 drugs plus alcohol may be reported for an emergency department case. As many as 6 drugs plus alcohol may be reported for medical examiner cases. Age, race/ethnicity, and gender are captured for both emergency department and medical examiner/coroner cases. Reason for the visit, motive for the drug use, and disposition are collected for emergency department cases; cause and manner of death are collected for medical examiner cases. Beginning in 2003, emergency department data will include up to 6 substances plus alcohol, type of case, presenting complaint, and diagnoses, and new coding for disposition. New coding for cause and manner of death will be implemented in medical examiner cases beginning in 2003.

CONSTRAINTS: Participating hospitals are not identified. Patient names are not collected.

STATUS: This continuous data collection is active. A major redesign of the hospital sample, new case criteria, and data elements will be implemented in the field beginning in 2003.

START DATE: 1972

HOW TO ACCESS DATA: Because of confidentiality, aggregated data are available from published reports. Additional tabulations are available on the Internet.

AVAILABLE DATA PRODUCTS:

Hard copy:

  • Emergency Department Trends from DAWN, published semi-annually
  • Mortality Data from DAWN, published annually

Published on the Internet:

  • Detailed Emergency Department Tables from DAWN, published annually

CONTACT PERSON: Judy K. Ball, Ph.D., M.P.A.
Office of Applied Studies
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
5600 Fishers Lane, Parklawn Bldg., Rm. 16-105
Rockville, MD 20857
(301) 443-1437 / fax (301) 443-9847
jball@samhsa.gov


TITLE: Drug and Alcohol Services Information System

ACRONYM: DASIS

AGENCY/PROGRAM: Office of Applied Studies, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

DESCRIPTION: The DASIS is comprised of three components, maintained in collaboration with State substance abuse agencies: (1) the Inventory of Substance Abuse Treatment Services (I-SATS), a master list of organized of substance abuse treatment programs known to SAMHSA; (2) the annual National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services (N-SSATS), an annual survey of all facilities on the I-SATS that collects information on facility location, services and utilization; and (3) the client-level Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS), an administrative data set on admissions to and discharges from substance abuse treatment facilities that receive State funds. TEDS admission variables include client demographics, drug use history, treatment service at admission, date of discharge and reason for discharge.

The DASIS will provides both national and state-level data on the numbers and characteristics of persons admitted to treatment for substance abuse and the characteristics of facilities providing services.

Files contain data on: Treatment Services; Services Utilization; Socioeconomic; Age/Gender; Other Demographic/Sociocultural; Behavioral; and Other (characteristics of substance abuse treatment facilities, persons admitted for treatment).

RACE/ETHNICITY: Categories for Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS):

Race: Alaska Native (Aleut, Eskimo, Indian); American Indian (other than Alaska Native); Asian or Pacific Islander; Black or African American; White; Other.

Ethnicity: Puerto Rican; Mexican; Cuban; Other Specific Hispanic; Hispanic-specific origin not specified; Not of Hispanic origin.

STATUS: This data collection is active. (Data on client admissions are collected continuously, and survey of facilities is conducted annually with some gaps.)

START DATE: September 1974 (N-SSATS); 1992 (TEDS)

HOW TO ACCESS DATA: Reports and public use files available. DASIS publications and public use data files produced by SAMHSA's Office of Applied Studies (OAS) may be downloaded by accessing the SAMHSA home page or by going directly to http://www.samhsa.gov/oas/dasis.htm. User-generated report and analysis capability of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Data (SAMHDA) systems are possible by accessing the following SAMHSA supported site: http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/SAMHDA. The Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Locator, an online, searchable directory of substance abuse treatment facilities with maps showing location of facilities can be found at http://findtreatment.samhsa.gov.

WEB SITE: SAMHSA's home page is at http://www.samhsa.gov.

CONTACT PERSON: Deborah Trunzo
Office of Applied Studies
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Parklawn Bldg., Rm. 16-105
5600 Fishers Lane
Rockville, MD 20857
(301) 443-0525 / fax (301) 443-9847
dtrunzo@samhsa.gov


TITLE: Drug Services Research Survey

ACRONYM: DSRS

AGENCY/PROGRAM: Office of Applied Studies, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

DESCRIPTION: The Drug Services Research Survey (DSRS) is a national survey that obtained information on drug abuse treatment provider and client characteristics to supplement information from the National Drug and Alcoholism Treatment Unit Survey (NDATUS) and was used in the formulation of policy on treatment services and resource requirements. The survey consisted of two components, a facility-based telephone interview with a representative sample of drug treatment providers followed by a survey based on records of clients discharged from treatment.

In the first phase, a sample of about 1,200 facilities (about 12%) was drawn from the universe of over 10,000 treatment providers used for the NDATUS census. Facility-level data were collected. In the second phase, a subsample of 120 facilities (10%) was selected for site visit to abstract patient-level information on clients discharged during the 12-month period from September 1, 1989, through August 31, 1990. The client-level sample of 2,222 represents a sample of approximately 0.15% of the estimated 1,500,000 client discharges in that period.

Files contain data on: Functional/Health Status; Services Resources; Services Utilization; Services Expenditure and Financing; Socioeconomic; Age/Gender; and Other Demographic/Sociocultural; Behavioral.

RACE/ETHNICITY:
Race/Ethnicity Categories for Aggregate Facility-Level Data:

Race/ethnicity categories are: American Indian or Alaskan Native; Asian or Pacific Islander; Black, Not Hispanic; White, Not Hispanic; Hispanic; and Other.

Race/Ethnicity Categories for Client-Level Data:

Race categories are: American Indian; Alaskan Native; Asian or Pacific Islander; Black; White; and Other.

Ethnicity categories are: Hispanic; Not of Hispanic Origin; Other (specify); and Unknown.

STATUS: This single-time data collection is completed.

HOW TO ACCESS DATA: Report available upon request. Data available upon request with special agreement with the user. SAMHA's home page is at http://www.samhsa.gov. Substance abuse publications and public use data files produced by SAMHSA's Office of Applied Studies (OAS) may be downloaded by accessing the SAMHSA home page.

Available Data Products:

Magnetic tape reel, diskette, or electronic transfer:

  • Drug Services Research Survey Phase I Data File
  • Drug Services Research Survey Phase II Data File

Hard copy:

  • Drug Services Research Survey Phase I Report
  • Drug Services Research Survey Phase II Report

WEB SITE:http://www.samhsa.gov/oas/oasftp.htm.
User-generated report and analysis capability of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Data (SAMHDA) systems are possible by accessing the following SAMHSA supported site: http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/SAMHDA.

CONTACT PERSON: Anita Gadzuk
Office of Applied Studies
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
5600 Fishers Lane, Parklawn Bldg., Rm. 16-105
Rockville, MD 20857
(301) 443-6239 / fax (301) 443-9847


TITLE: National Household Survey on Drug Abuse

ACRONYM: NHSDA

AGENCY/PROGRAM: Office of Applied Studies, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

DESCRIPTION: The National Household Survey on Drug Abuse (NHSDA) is conducted to provide reliable estimates of the prevalence of substance use, consequences of that use, and patterns of substance use in the United States. The respondent universe for the 1995 NHSDA survey is the civilian noninstitutionalized population, 12 years old and older, within the United States. The sample frame includes the residents of noninstitutional group quarters (e.g., shelters, rooming houses, dormitories) as well as residents of civilian housing on military bases. The survey is conducted annually, with continuous data collection throughout the calender year.

The survey interview is performed person-to-person in the respondent's place of residence using both an interviewer-administered and self-administered format. Sample size may vary by year; 1998 is 25,089. Files contain data on: Functional/Health Status; Services Resources; Services Utilization; Services Expenditure and Financing; Socioeconomic; Age/Gender; Other Demographic/Sociocultural; Behavioral; and Other (prevalence of substance use).

RACE/ETHNICITY: White; Black/African American ; American Indian or Alaska Native; Asian or Pacific Islander; and Other (Specify). Ethnicity categories are: Hispanic or Spanish Origin or Descent; and Not of Hispanic or Spanish Origin or Descent.

DATA LIMITATION: NHSDA Public Use Tapes have no personal identifiers associated with cases (geographic location of interview is also suppressed). No constraints on the use of the data are imposed.

STATUS: This data collection is active (periodic collection between 1971-89 and continuous collection since 1990).

START DATE: 1971

HOW TO ACCESS DATA: Public use files, usable without restrictions. SAMHA's home page is at http://www.samhsa.gov. Substance abuse publications and public use data files produced by SAMHSA's Office of Applied Studies (OAS) may be downloaded by accessing the SAMHSA home page or by going directly to:

Available Data Products:

Hard copy:

  • Prelinminary Results
  • Main Findings
  • Population Estimates

All available annual National Household Survey on Drug Abuse publications - (by year), and other periodic miscellaneousness reports (inquire) are available without charge.

Computer Network: http://www.samhsa.gov

Distributor of Public Use Files: ICPSR

Requests with specific needs.

WEB SITE: http://www.samhsa.gov/oas/oasftp.htm. User-generated report and analysis capability of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Data (SAMHDA) systems are possible by accessing the following SAMHSA supported site: http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/SAMHDA.

CONTACT PERSON: Joseph Gustin
Office of Applied Studies
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Parklawn Bldg., Rm. 16C-06, 5600 Fishers Lane
Rockville, MD 20857
(301) 443-0021 / fax (301) 443-9847
jgustin@samhsa.gov


TITLE: Services Research Outcome Study

ACRONYM: SROS

AGENCY/PROGRAM: Office of Applied Studies, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

DESCRIPTION: The Services Research Outcomes Study (SROS) is a client follow up of persons admitted to drug abuse treatment in 1989-90. The overall purpose of the survey is to obtain a nationally representative picture of client status 5 years following the 1989-90 treatment episode, without assuming that the earlier drug treatment is the only event influencing current status. The SROS located and interviewed 1799 clients out of a representative sample of 3,049 clients from 99 treatment facilities first identified in 1989 as part of the Drug Services Research Survey (DSRS). The clients were contacted in a manner that ensured no one would learn of their drug treatment history and were asked to consent to be interviewed after the purposes and methods of the survey were explained.

Files contain data on: Functional/Health Status; Services Resources; Services Utilization; Services Expenditure and Financing; Socioeconomic; Age/Gender; Other Demographic/Sociocultural; Behavioral; and Other (drug use, criminal justice).

RACE/ETHNICITY: Hispanic (Mexican/Mexican-American/Chicano, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Other Spanish or Hispanic); American Indian; Alaskan Native; Asian or Pacific Islander; Black or African-American; White; Other

DATA LIMITATIONS: Because of the sensitive nature of the data--history of drug treatment--the data will be made available only on request in order to monitor the purposes of the request.

STATUS: This single-time data collection was completed in August, 1997 and the report was released September 9, 1998.

HOW TO ACCESS DATA: Hard copy of final report available on request. SAMHA's home page is at http://www.samhsa.gov. Substance abuse publications and public use data files produced by SAMHSA's Office of Applied Studies (OAS) may be downloaded by accessing the SAMHDA home page.

WEB SITE:http://www.samhsa.gov/oas/oasftp.htm User-generated report and analysis capability of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Data (SAMHDA) systems are possible by accessing the following SAMHSA supported site: http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/SAMHDA.

CONTACT PERSON: Barbara Ray, Ph.D.
Office of Applied Studies
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration,
5600 Fishers Lane, Parklawn Bldg., Rm. 16-105
Rockville, MD 20857
(301) 443-0747 / fax (301) 443-9847
bray@samhsa.gov


TITLE: National Treatment Outcomes Monitoring System

ACRONYM: NTOMS

AGENCY/PROGRAM: Center for Substance Abuse Treatment/Division of Services Improvement/Practice Improvement Branch (CSAT/DSI/PIB).

DESCRIPTION: As the lead Federal agency for improving the treatment of substance related disorders, CSAT is establishing NTOMS to enhance its ability to determine the quality and appropriateness of various forms of treatment. NTOMS is an ongoing surveillance system that will provide periodic reporting on access to and effectiveness of drug abuse treatment using a nationally representative sample of patients receiving treatment for psychoactive substance dependence in specialist treatment programs, regardless of funding source (public and private providers). The planned modules of NTOMS are (1) program information (including access data and staffing information), (2) patient information, (3) treatment services information, (4) a discharge module, and (5) a follow-up module. The follow-up will be done on a sample of those admitted to treatment. The NTOMS admission module will integrate the Office of Drug Control Policy's (ONDCP) methodology for estimating chronic hardcore drug use, " the Random Access Monitoring of Narcotic Addicts" (RAMONA). RAMONA uses a mathematical model of the "drug use career" to develop estimates of the chronic hardcore user population (primarily users of cocaine, crack and heroin).

The anticipated sample size is 120 treatment providers. The data collection method will vary by module. The follow-up will use both in-person and telephone interviews. Most of the NTOMS modules will utilize Computer Assisted Interviewing.

RACE/ETHNICITY: The NTOMS modules are in the developmental phase. Categories used to code race and ethnicity will follow the current OMB required standards.

DATA LIMITATIONS: This database is in the developmental phase and analysis-related limitations will be defined in the future.

STATUS: This data collection effort was initiated on October 1, 2002. NTOMS is expected to be an ongoing surveillance data set. The exact date this survey will be in the field cannot be stated at this point in time.

HOW TO ACCESS DATA: The plan is to produce public use files from this survey. Public use files will include only aggregated data.

WEB SITE: There will be a website for NTOMS, but this is in the developmental phase.

CONTACT PERSON: Andrea Kopstein, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Program Evaluation Branch, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment
5600 Fishers Lane
Rockwall II, suite 8-40
Rockville, MD 20857
301-443-3491
akopstei@samhsa.gov