Accession Number : ADA323680

Title :   Cost Offsets for Alcoholism, Drug Abuse, and Mental Health Treatment,

Corporate Author : LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC FEDERAL RESEARCH DIV

Personal Author(s) : Miro, Ramon J.

PDF Url : ADA323680

Report Date : SEP 1994

Pagination or Media Count : 35

Abstract : This research paper reviews and analyzes the scholarly literature on cost offsets for alcoholism, drug abuse, and mental health (ADM) treatment. Two dimensions of cost offsets are considered: (1) cost offsets resulting from reduced medical utilization following timely and appropriate ADM intervention, more precisely defined as a medical offset; and (2) cost offsets resulting from long term reductions in overall health care expenditures, including the costs of ADM treatment; the latter is a total or absolute offset that may generate cost effectiveness. This paper is divided into an introduction and three major sections on cost offsets for alcoholism, mental health, and drug abuse treatment. Because of space limitations, only the most comprehensive available studies are discussed. An effort has been made to incorporate as broad and representative a sample of findings as possible, mainly by summarizing the results of previous research reviews. A variety of sources were used in the preparation of this report, including published reports and articles, books, and unpublished papers; many of which were retrieved from the collections of the National Library of Medicine, as well as from the general collections of the Library of Congress. Valuable source materials were also provided by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Descriptors :   *COST ANALYSIS, *MENTAL HEALTH, *ALCOHOLISM, *DRUG ADDICTION, COST EFFECTIVENESS, PATIENTS, HEALTH CARE FACILITIES, INTERVENTION, PLANNING PROGRAMMING BUDGETING, DETOXIFICATION, DRUG USERS, PSYCHOTHERAPY, COUNSELING, MENTAL DISORDERS, DRUG WITHDRAWAL, GROUP THERAPY.

Subject Categories : Economics and Cost Analysis
      Psychology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE