Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services

Alcoholism Inpatient Rehabilitation Programs

The Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) operates 13 alcoholism treatment centers providing inpatient rehabilitation services and oversees 22 nonhospital-based alcoholism inpatient rehabilitation programs operated by voluntary and proprietary organizations. We examined the efficiency of these 35 operations and conclude that New York State's alcoholism inpatient rehabilitation resources can be used more efficiently. For example, even though OASAS officials estimate that about 22 percent of the individuals needing alcoholism inpatient rehabilitation services are not able to be served with the existing resources, we determined that 8 of the 35 facilities could increase their capacity by a total of more than 200 beds and the beds in some facilities were often empty. We also identified wide variations in treatment costs among the 35 facilities, ranging from an average of $2,775 per treatment episode at one facility to an average of $13,543 per treatment episode at another facility. We further found that the average length of stay by clients at the facilities varied significantly, with clients tending to stay longer at the State-operated facilities, where the average cost per treatment episode tends to be higher. We make a number of recommendations intended to increase the efficiency of New York State's alcoholism inpatient rehabilitation services.

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