Treatment Episode Data Set: Discharges (TEDS-D-2015)

Parent Series Details:

The Treatment Episode Data Set -- Discharges (TEDS-D) is a national data system of annual discharges from substance abuse treatment facilities. These data provide information on the demographic and substance abuse characteristics of substance abuse treatment discharges and their corresponding admissions aged 12 and older in facilities that report to individual state administrative data systems.

TEDS-D does not include all admissions/discharges to substance abuse treatment. It includes admissions to facilities that are licensed or certified by a state substance abuse agency to provide substance abuse treatment (or are administratively tracked for other reasons). In general, facilities reporting TEDS data are those that receive state alcohol and/or drug agency funds (including federal block grant funds) for the provision of alcohol and/or drug treatment services. Some states report only publically funded admissions; others are able to report all admissions (both public and private) in facilities that receive public funds. All data reported to TEDS comes from the state administrative data systems.

TEDS-D records represent discharges rather than individuals, as a person may be admitted to and discharged from treatment more than once.

A sister data system, called the Treatment Episode Data Set -- Admissions (TEDS-A), collects data on admissions to substance abuse treatment facilities.


Study Details:

TEDS-D provides demographic and substance use characteristics of discharges from alcohol or drug treatment in facilities that report to individual state administrative data systems.

The TEDS system is comprised of two major components, the Admissions Data Set and the Discharges Data Set. The TEDS-Admissions (TEDS-A) file is an established program; data were first reported for TEDS-A in 1992. The TEDS-D is more recently begun, with the first data reported in 2000. TEDS includes treatment data that are routinely collected by states to monitor their individual substance abuse treatment systems. Selected data items from the individual state data files are converted to a standardized format that is consistent across states. These standardized data constitute TEDS.

Since 1992, the Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, or CBHSQ (known until 2010 as the Office of Applied Studies, or OAS), of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), has funded and been responsible for TEDS. CBHSQ coordinates and manages the collection of TEDS data from U.S. states, territories, and Compact of Free Association (COFA) partners.

CBHSQ also develops descriptive and analytical reports from TEDS to provide national and state- level data on the number and types of clients treated, as well as the characteristics of facilities providing services.

Study Scope

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Geographic coverage : 
United States
Unit of observation: 
treatment discharges
Data types: 
administrative records data
The universe for this public use le is TEDS discharges in calendar year 2015 that were received and processed through March 16, 2018. These discharges were linked to either new admissions or transfers to treatment in another service type.

The TEDS attempts to include all admissions to providers receiving public funding. Because each state or jurisdiction decides the TEDS eligibility of a provider, there is no independent check on the actual sources of funding. Although SAMHSA requests that states submit data on all admissions to any publicly funded treatment facility, reporting in some state agencies is structured so that only clients treated with public funds are included in the TEDS. The number and characteristics of clients in these facilities whose treatment is not publicly funded is unknown.

Subject Terms: 
  • alcohol abuse
  • drug abuse
  • drug treatment
  • health care services
  • health insurance
  • intervention
  • mental health
  • substance abuse
  • substance abuse treatment
  • treatment programs

Study Methodology

Mode of data collection: 
Record abstracts