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Survey Looks at Addiction-Treatment Facilities


A newly released national survey of addiction-treatment facilities shows an increase in the number of centers with managed-care contracts.

According to the Uniform Facility Data Set (UFDS) survey released by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), 54 percent of treatment facilities had managed-care contracts in 1999, compared to 32 percent in 1995.

The survey shows that in 1999, private non-profit facilities made up 60 percent of the system, followed by private for-profit programs (26 percent) and state/local government-run facilities (11 percent).

Residential rehabilitation was offered by 25 percent of all facilities. Partial hospitalization programs were offered by 19 percent of facilities, while outpatient detoxification was provided by 13 percent of facilities. Residential detoxification and hospital inpatient treatment were each offered by 5 to 8 percent of all facilities. The survey also found that 64 percent of facilities provided prevention programs.

The survey also found that:

  • 96 percent of facilities treated both alcohol and drug addiction
  • 65 percent reported that treating addiction problems was their primary focus of activity
  • 17 percent said mental health treatment was their primary focus
  • 14 percent reported an equal focus on addiction and mental health
  • 38 percent of the facilities offered special programs for those arrested for DUI/DWI; and
  • 8 percent of all facilities reported that they dispensed methadone/LAAM.

Overall the survey found that the structure of the treatment system has remained relatively stable over the past eight years.

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