National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services (N-SSATS-2015)

Parent Series Details:

The National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services (N-SSATS) is an annual census designed to collect information from all facilities within the 50 States, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. teritories, both public and private, that provide substance abuse treatment. N-SSATS provides the mechanism for quantifying the dynamic character and composition of the United States substance abuse treatment delivery system.

Designed to collect data based on the location of the facility, the objectives of N-SSATS are (1) Collect multipurpose data that can be used to assist the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and state and local governments in assessing the nature and extent of services provided and in forecasting treatment resource requirements; (2) Update SAMHSA’s Inventory of Behavioral Health Services (I-BHS); (3) Analyze general treatment services trends; (4) Generate the online Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator and the National Directory of Drug and Alcohol Abuse Treatment Programs.

N-SSATS collects three types of information from facilities: (1) characteristics of individual facilities such as types of treatment provided and services offered (assessment, counseling, pharmacotherapies used, testing, transitional, and ancillary services), operation of the facility (public or private), special programs or groups provided for specific client types, client outreach, and payment options; (2) client count information (based on a survey reference date) such as counts of clients served by service type and number of beds designated for treatment (collected only in “odd” years); and (3) general information such as licensure, certification, or accreditation and facility website availability.

 


Study Details:

The 2015 National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services (N-SSATS) was conducted between March and November 2015, with a reference date of March 31, 2015. It is the 38th in a series of national surveys begun in the 1970s. The surveys were designed to collect data on the location, characteristics, and use of alcohol and drug abuse treatment facilities and services throughout the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and other U.S. jurisdictions. The Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, plans and directs N-SSATS. This report presents tabular information and highlights from the 2015 N-SSATS. It is important to note that percentages in charts, narrative lists, and percentage distributions in tables may not add to 100 percent due to rounding.

 

N-SSATS is designed to collect information from all facilities in the United States, both public and private, that provide substance abuse treatment. N-SSATS provides the mechanism for quantifying the dynamic character and composition of the U.S. substance abuse treatment delivery system. N-SSATS collects multipurpose data that can be used to:

  • Assist SAMHSA and state and local governments in assessing the nature and extent of services provided in state-supported and other substance abuse treatment facilities and in forecasting substance abuse treatment resource requirements;
  • Update SAMHSA’s Inventory of Behavioral Health Services (I-BHS) which includes all known drug and alcohol abuse treatment facilities, both public and private;
  • Analyze substance abuse treatment services trends and conduct comparative analyses for the nation, regions, and states;
  • Generate the National Directory of Drug and Alcohol Abuse Treatment Programs, a compendium of facilities approved by state substance abuse agencies for the provision of substance abuse treatment;
  • Update the information in SAMHSA’s Behavioral Health Treatment Facility Locator, a searchable database of facilities approved by state substance abuse agencies for the provision of substance abuse treatment.

The Treatment Facility Locator is available on the Internet at: http://findtreatment.samhsa.gov

Study Scope

Time period: 
2015
Collection date: 
2015-03-31/2015-12-07
Geographic coverage : 
United States
Unit of observation: 
facility
Data types: 
survey data
Notes: 
Subject Terms: 
  • alcohol abuse
  • drug abuse
  • drug treatment
  • health care services
  • HIV
  • intervention
  • substance abuse
  • substance abuse treatment
  • treatment facilities
  • treatment programs

Study Methodology

Mode of data collection: 
computer-assisted telephone interview (CATI)
Sample: 
There were 17,669 facilities in the survey universe. Of these facilities, 12 percent were found to be ineligible for the survey because they had closed or did not provide substance abuse treatment or detoxification. Of the remaining 15,537 facilities, 14,234 facilities (92 percent) completed the survey and 13,873 (89 percent) were eligible for this report.
Response rates: 
  • There were 17,669 facilities in the survey universe. Of these facilities, 12 percent were found to be ineligible for the survey because they had closed or did not provide substance abuse treatment or detoxification. Of the remaining 15,537 facilities, 14,234 facilities (92 percent) completed the survey and 13,873 (89 percent) were eligible for this report.

Versions: 
  • March 31, 2015
Extent of processing: 
  • Performed consistency checks.
  • Created variable labels and/or value labels.
  • Standardized missing values.
  • Created online analysis version with question text.
  • Performed recodes and/or calculated derived variables.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.