NJ Treatment Provider Performance Reports

What is the "success rate" of substance abuse treatment in New Jersey? Governor Christie wants to know, and has asked the Division of Mental Health & Addiction Services to start keeping score for treatment centers.

Governor Christie and the New Jersey Senate have passed a law requiring the State Division of Mental Health & Addiction Services to publish annual "Treatment Provider Performance Reports", starting next year. He wants to know if treatment is effective.

Scoring Criteria for Treatment Centers in New Jersey

The request asks for a list of criteria as a minimum report, but also adds anelastic clause that allows the Assistant Commissioner for the New Jersey Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services in the Department of Human Services to also include "any other information" deemed appropriate.

The listed criteria include:

What percentage of the patient population was drinking at admission, and discharge? 

the percentage difference between clients who are abstinent from alcohol at admission compared to discharge

What percentage of the patient population was using drugs at admission, and discharge?

the percentage difference between clients who are abstinent from other drugs at admission compared to discharge

What percentage of the patient population was full-time employed at the start? At the end of treatment?

the percentage difference between clients who are employed full-time and part-time at admission compared to discharge

What percentage of the patient population was enrolled in school or job training?

the percentage difference between clients who are enrolled in school or a job training program at admission compared to discharge

What percentage of the patient population was arrested within 30 days of admission and discharge from treatment?

percentage difference between clients who are arrested in the 30-day period preceding admission compared to the 30-day period following discharge

What percentage of the patient population was homeless before, after? 

the percentage difference between clients who are homeless at admission compared to discharge

An Interesting Challenge for Regulators and the Treatment Industry

This is an interesting challenge to the DMHAS. While there have been efforts to quantitively "score" the success of substance abuse treatment programs, there are so variables associated with unique individuals and their personal circumstances. It won't be easy to qualify a treatment program as "successful" or not based on a list of objective criteria, but the effort should produce very helpful data and observations towards that goal. 

Can Sunrise Detox Help?

As a medical detox center providing the first stage of treatment for tens of thousands of New Jersey treatment center patients, Sunrise Detox is uniquely positioned to observe individuals at the first stage of treatment, before entrance to a specific treatment program.

It seems reasonable to think there might be some way for us to help characterize or quantify an individual's status at the end of detox, which should be the start of treatment, in support of Governor Christie's goals. At the very minimum, we would be very pelased to be involved in the effort.

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by Sunrise Detox Toms River on Feb. 23, 2015, 3:51 p.m.

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