Thursday, March 25, 2010

7:1 benefit-cost ratio for substance abuse treatment

SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) has a great fact sheet on the Cost Offset Of Treatment Services.

There will be a series of articles on this topic over the coming week.

Here's the most important fact. Treatment has a cost benefit ratio of 7:1 or for every $1,583 spent on treatment, (just about the total cost of outpatient treatment at GCASA) there is a financial benefit of $11,487.00 according to a study which appeared in 2006 by Ettner, Huang, et al. in the Health Services Research journal.

GCASA's treatment services not only have a huge positive impact on human suffering but make a lot of financial sense as well.

This is article #1 in a series on cost benefit of SA treatment services.

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