SAMHSA: Unmet Need for Substance Abuse Treatment Among Uninsured
[Posted 02/05/10] In a news release, the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) summarized a recent survey of uninsured, full-time workers. The survey data was collected during 2007-2008 from a sample of 10,210 adults aged 18 to 64 years.
SAMHSA contends that only 12.6% of uninsured, full-time workers who needed substance abuse treatment actually received treatment in a specialty facility. “This tremendous unmet need for substance use disorder treatment among this workforce has a devastating public health and economic effect on our nation,” states SAMHSA Administrator, Pamela S. Hyde, JD.
SAMHSA claims that every $1 invested in substance abuse treatment yields $7 in benefits to society (lower crime costs, improved employer earnings, etc.), plus dramatically improved work performance (lower absenteeism, reduced workplace injury rates, fewer disagreements with supervisor, etc.).