The Economic Cost of Substance Abuse Treatment in the State of Florida

Pierre K. Alexandre, Isabelle C. Beulaygue, Michael T. French, Kathryn E. McCollister, Ioana Popovici, Bisma A. Sayed

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Objective: Public and private stakeholders of substance abuse treatment services require economic cost data to guide program evaluations and funding decisions. Background: Rigorous cost assessments have been conducted for several treatment programs across the United States, but a systematic and comprehensive evaluation of programs in a particular state has never been attempted. Research Design: The present study recruited all publicly funded treatment programs in the State of Florida and administered the Brief Drug Abuse Treatment Cost Analysis Program. Subjects: A total of 175 programs participated in the study, representing a 71% response rate. Measures: Annual, weekly, and episode costs are estimated by modality. Conclusion: The study procedures and empirical findings from this research can be used by program evaluators and government officials in Florida and other states as they develop service reimbursement algorithms and initiate more extensive evaluations of publicly funded substance abuse treatment programs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)167-185
Number of pages19
JournalEvaluation Review
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • economic cost
  • financing
  • public policy
  • substance abuse treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • General Social Sciences


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