Because of the widespread use of federal data sources in SUD needs assessment, it is important to have an understanding of their characteristics and limitations. The following is an overview of the most frequently used data sources.
Locally Initiated Needs Assessments
We reviewed the following locally initiated needs assessments:
Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority (2015). Southeast Alaska Youth Behavioral Health Gaps and Needs Assessment . Bartlett Regional Hospital service area, McDowell Group.
Abelson, J. (2009). "Opportunities and challenges in the use of public deliberation to inform public health policies." Am J Bioeth , 9(11): 24-25.
Albany Medical Center PPS & Ellis Performing Provider Systems (2014). Capital Region, Mohawk and Hudson Valley DSRIP Community Needs Assessment, Albany Medical Center PPS, Ellis PPS.
The final report will focus on the research questions that call for recommendations, drawing upon input from the TAG and issues identified in the reviews of literature and needs assessments reports described above. Specifically, these questions are:
What data and methods most effectively gauge treatment needs and current gaps?
This section presents information obtained through a separate process in the environmental scan, reviewing procedures and policies related to network adequacy standards in selected states. Network adequacy standards established by the states reflect the "what should be" condition in a needs assessment as defined (at least implicitly) at the level
This section provides an introduction to the research question that asks, in part, "Are there needs assessments from other provider types (for example, primary care physicians) that could be applied to the SUD treatment workforce?" Two models are discussed: general health care and the Medicaid 1115 Waiver Delivery System Reform Incentive Program (
Following the review of selected literature on needs assessment methodology, we conducted three activities to address the research questions (separated primarily because they address different types of questions that draw on different data sources): (1) retrieval and review of a convenience sample of SUD treatment capacity needs assessment reports
Review of Selected Needs Assessment Methodology Literature
The following section provides a brief review of needs assessments methodology literature, focusing on aspects most relevant to SUD treatment capacity, as a framework for clarifying the concepts of needs assessment and capacity. This is followed by a review of selected articles on needs
In September 2017, the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) contracted with the Human Services Research Institute to evaluate needs assessment methodologies for substance use disorder (SUD) treatment capacity. The overarching aim of the project is to enhance the effectiveness of needs assessment