Substance Use Disorder: Reliable Data Needed for Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant Program, Report to Congressional Committees   [open pdf - 4MB]

From the GAO (Government Accountability Office) Highlights: "Treatment for SUD [substance use disorder]--the recurrent use of substances, such as illicit drugs, causing significant impairment--can help individuals reduce or stop substance use and improve their quality of life. SUDs, and in particular drug misuse, have been a persistent and long-standing public health issue in the United States. Senate Report 115-289 contains a provision for GAO to review SUD treatment capacity. This report, among other things, describes what is known about SUD treatment facilities, services, and overall capacity; and examines the information SAMHSA [Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration] uses to assess the effect of three grant programs on access to SUD treatment. GAO analyzed national SAMHSA data on SUD treatment facilities and providers, and reviewed studies that assessed treatment capacity. GAO also reviewed documentation for three of SAMHSA's largest grant programs available to states, and compared the agency's grant data quality to federal internal control standards. Finally, GAO interviewed SAMHSA officials and stakeholders, including provider groups. GAO is recommending that SAMHSA identify and implement changes to the SABG [Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant] program's data collection efforts to improve two elements of reliability--the consistency and relevance--of data collected on individuals served. SAMHSA concurred with this recommendation."

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