12:57am Monday 25 September 2017

New study shows residential substance abuse treatment programs are operating at 89-percent of capacity

 This report indicates that there is continuing wide spread demand for these services.

The residential treatment programs included in the report are those operating outside a hospital setting. Nationwide a total of 110,795 residential beds were designated for this purpose, with more than three quarters (76-percent) in private non-profit facilities.  

Utilization rates within these facilities varied somewhat among the types of institutions running them – ranging from 96-percent in facilities operated by the federal government to 82-percent operated by Tribal governments.

These figures are based on findings from the 2009 National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services (N-SSATS). N-SSATS collects data from all known treatment facilities located around the country. About one third of these facilities provide mental health services while about two thirds provide mental health screenings.

This survey was developed by SAMHSA as part of its strategic initiative on data, outcomes, and quality — an effort to create integrated data systems that help inform policy makers and providers on behavioral health issues.

This survey is available on the web at http://oas.samhsa.gov/spotlight/web_spot_033.pdf . For related publications and information, visit http://www.samhsa.gov/.


SAMHSA is a public health agency within the Department of Health and Human Services. Its mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.


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