SAMHSA Releases N-SSATS Data from the Latest National Survey Substance Abuse Treatment Services

On Dec 1, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) released findings from the 2010 National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services  (N-SSATS). The report finds that overall there was very little change in the scope and nature of treatment facilities from 2006 to 2010. Throughout the nation, the 13,339 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, 2010.
Facilities with Opioid Treatment Programs (OTPs)
Clients receiving methadone or buprenorphine in OTPs accounted for 26 percent of all clients in treatment on March 31, 2010, although OTPs were available in only 1,166 (9 percent) of all substance abuse treatment facilities. Note: there were 1,239 reported OTPs in 2009.
Of the 304,656 clients receiving medication-assisted opioid therapy in OTPs, 98 percent (298,170) received methadone. Of the 27,456 clients receiving buprenorphine, only 24 percent (6,486 clients) received it in facilities with OTPs. Note: there were 284,608 reported clients receiving methadone in 2009.
Clients receiving buprenorphine in an OTP facility were more likely than clients receiving methadone to be in Federal government-operated facilities (14 vs. 1 percent).
Private for-profit organizations operated 53 percent of OTPs but only 30 percent of all substance abuse treatment facilities.
Most facilities with OTPs offered outpatient treatment (93 percent). Eighty-nine percent offered outpatient methadone/buprenorphine maintenance and 49 percent offered detoxification.
The 224 page report can be accessed at:http://www.atforum.com/documents/nssats2010web.pdf
Source: The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration – December 1, 2011

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