05:51am Thursday 23 January 2020

SAMHSA Releases Data from the Latest National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services

N-SSATS is an annual census of substance abuse treatment facilities that provides data on the location and characteristics of alcohol and drug abuse treatment services throughout the United States.  It also provides information on the scope and nature of how these facilities and programs are used.

Throughout the nation, the 13,688 eligible facilities that responded to the survey reported that a total of nearly 1.2 million clients were in treatment in their facilities on March 31, 2008.  Private non-profit run facilities made up the bulk of treatment facilities (58 percent) while private for-profit facilities made up 29 percent of these services in 2008.  The remaining facilities were operated by local governments (6 percent), state governments (3 percent), the Federal government (2 percent) and tribal governments (1 percent).     

The 2008 N-SSATS shows that there were 474 adults in treatment at substance abuse facilities for every 100,000 people in the U.S. aged 18 and older.

The report’s other major findings include:

    * The total number of substance abuse treatment facilities remained relatively constant between 2004 and 2008 (13,454 to 13,688), while the number of people in treatment increased slightly (from 1,072,251 to 1,192,490).
    * Thirty nine percent of all people in substance abuse treatment facilities had diagnosed co-occurring abuse and mental health disorders.
    * Clients under age 18 made up slightly more than 7 percent of all clients in treatment at the time of the survey. 

Copies of this report and all its detailed findings are available on the Web at www.dasis.samhsa.gov/08nssats/nssats2k8.pdf. They may also be ordered free of charge by calling SAMHSA’s Health Information Network at 1-877-SAMHSA-7 (1-877-726-4727).  Request inventory number SMA 09-4451.  For related publications and information visit the SAMHSA Web site at www.samhsa.gov/  .

Media Contact: SAMHSA Press Office
Telephone: 240-276-2130

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