Substance Abuse & Mental Health Data Archive

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National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services (N-SSATS), 2004 (ICPSR 4256) RSS

Alternate Title:  N-SSATS, 2004

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Summary:

The National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services (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 United States substance abuse treatment delivery system. The objectives of N-SSATS are to 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, update SAMHSA's Inventory of Substance Abuse Treatment Services (I-SATS), analyze general treatment services trends, and generate the National Directory of Drug and Alcohol Abuse Treatment Programs and its online equivalent, the Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Locator.

Data are collected on topics including facility operation, services offered (assessment, substance abuse therapy and counseling, pharmacotherapies, testing, transitional, ancillary), primary focus (substance abuse, mental health, both, general health, other), hotline operation, Opioid Treatment Programs and medication dispensed/prescribed, languages in which treatment is provided, type of treatment provided, number of clients (total and under age 18), number of beds, types of payment accepted, sliding fee scale, special programs offered, facility accreditation and licensure/certification, and managed care agreements.

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

Access Notes

  • These data are freely available.

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National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services (N-SSATS), 2004 - Download All Files (32.4 MB)

Study Description

Citation

United States Department of Health and Human Services. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Office of Applied Studies. National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services (N-SSATS), 2004. ICPSR04256-v4. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2014-04-25. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR04256.v4

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Funding

This study was funded by:

  • United States Department of Health and Human Services. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Office of Applied Studies

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   alcohol abuse, drug abuse, drug treatment, health care services, HIV, intervention, substance abuse, substance abuse treatment, treatment facilities, treatment programs

Geographic Coverage:   United States

Time Period:  

  • 2004

Date of Collection:  

  • 2004-03-31--2004-10-01

Unit of Observation:   agency

Data Types:   survey data

Data Collection Notes:

Data were collected by Mathematica Policy Research, Inc., Princeton, NJ, and prepared for release by Synectics for Management Decisions, Inc., Arlington, VA.

N-SSATS is a point-prevalence survey. It provides information on the substance abuse treatment system and its clients on the reference date. Client counts do not represent annual totals. Rather, N-SSATS provides a "snapshot" of substance abuse treatment facilities and clients on an average day.

N-SSATS collects data about facilities, not individual clients. Data on clients represent an aggregate of clients in treatment for each reporting facility.

N-SSATS attempts to obtain responses from all known treatment and prevention facilities, but it is a voluntary survey. There is no adjustment for facility nonresponse.

To protect the privacy of respondents, financial data originally collected have been removed from the public use file. These modifications should not affect most analytic uses of the public use file.

For users who wish to calculate client counts and admissions, instructions are available on the N-SSATS Series page and at How to calculate N-SSATS client counts and admissions using SDA.

Methodology

Sample:   The Inventory of Substance Abuse Treatment Services (I-SATS) provides the sampling frame for N-SSATS. Two categories of treatment facilities in I-SATS may be distinguished. The largest group of facilities includes those that are licensed, certified, or otherwise approved by the state substance abuse agency to provide substance abuse treatment. The second group represents the SAMHSA effort in recent years to make I-SATS as comprehensive as possible by including treatment facilities that state substance abuse agencies, for a variety of reasons, do not license or certify. Many of these facilities are private, for-profit, small group practices, or hospital-based programs.

Mode of Data Collection:   mail questionnaire, telephone interview, web-based survey

Response Rates:   N-SSATS questionnaires were mailed to a total of 16,651 facilities believed to offer substance abuse treatment services. Of these facilities, 11 percent were found to be ineligible for the survey because they had closed or were not providing substance abuse treatment on March 31, 2004. Of the remaining 14,779 facilities, 95.9 percent (14,167) completed the survey. However, 713 of these facilities were deemed to be out-of-scope or had client counts reported by another facility but no facility information. Therefore, the final sample size was 13,454 (91 percent). Forty-eight percent of respondents completed the mail survey, 22 percent completed the survey via telephone, and 30 percent completed the survey using a Web-based questionnaire.

Extent of Processing:  ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • 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.

Version(s)

Original ICPSR Release:  

Version History:

  • 2014-07-17 Changed the Stata system data file from version 13 to version 12 for compatibility on a wider range of systems.
  • 2014-04-25 This study update was done in order to remove the geographic variables of County and MSA.
  • 2013-11-27 Updated ddi file to include variable-level groupings.
  • 2012-03-30 Updated the queston text to fix minor typographical errors previously present. Also, updated the variable order so that it coincides with the questionnaire order and is consistent with other years in the N-SSATS series.
  • 2006-08-01 Value labels were added for the COUNTY variable.

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14b. In what other languages do staff counselors provide substance abuse treatment at this facility? (1) Hopi
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14b. In what other languages do staff counselors provide substance abuse treatment at this facility? (2) Lakota
Navajo
14b. In what other languages do staff counselors provide substance abuse treatment at this facility? (3) Navajo
Yupik
14b. In what other languages do staff counselors provide substance abuse treatment at this facility? (4) Yupik
Arabic
14b. In what other languages do staff counselors provide substance abuse treatment at this facility? (6) Arabic
Chinese
14b. In what other languages do staff counselors provide substance abuse treatment at this facility? (7) Chinese
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14b. In what other languages do staff counselors provide substance abuse treatment at this facility? (8) Creole
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14b. In what other languages do staff counselors provide substance abuse treatment at this facility? (9) French
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14b. In what other languages do staff counselors provide substance abuse treatment at this facility? (10) German

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