Persons with substance use disorders in mental health organizations in the United States in 1988

M. J. Witkin, J. E. Atay, R. W. Manderscheid

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Abstract

Data from a 1988 enumeration of mental health organizations and separate psychiatric services of non-Federal general hospitals in the United States were used to derive estimates of the number of person with alcohol and/or drug abuse (substance use) disorders in these organizations. For all organizations combined, the percent of persons with substance use disorders were 8% each in inpatient, residential treatment, and outpatient care and only 3% in partial care program elements. However, within type of program element, there was variation according to type of organization. It should be noted that the percent of persons with substance use in mental health organizations would be even greater than reported if: (1) the universe of mental health organizations surveyed was expanded; (2) the reporting period included persons receiving services throughout the year rather than on a single day; and (3) provision was made for including persons with a secondary diagnosis of substance abuse.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)831-834
Number of pages4
JournalAddiction
Volume88
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 1993
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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