Substance Use Research Reports

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DBHR produces a number of reports regarding substance use and mental health services. This page includes current substance use reports (dated from 2014 and newer) as well as archived reports (date from 2013 and older). Topics are arranged in alphabetical order.

Cross System Performance Measurement (5732-1519)

In 2013, the Washington State Legislature passed Second Substitute Senate Bill 5732 and Engrossed House Bill 1519.  Both of these bills directed the Department of Social and Health Services and the Health Care Authority to develop a set of performance measures and include these measures in Medicaid contracts with Regional Support Networks, County Chemical Dependency Coordinators, Managed Care Organizations, and Area Agencies on Aging.  The measures addressed the following identified outcomes:

  • Improvement in client health status
  • Increases in client in participation in employment, education, and meaningful activities
  • Reduced client involvement in criminal justice systems and increased access to treatment for forensic patients
  • Reduced avoidable use of hospital, emergency rooms, and crisis services
  • Increased housing stability in the community
  • Improved client satisfaction with quality of life
  • Decreased population level disparities in access to treatment and treatment outcomes

The state convened a Steering Committee and multiple workgroups which produced a menu of 51 performance measures.  Performance measures have been included in state contracts and a public reporting website is available for viewing at: https://www.dshs.wa.gov/sesa/research-and-data-analysis/cross-system-outcome-measures-adults-enrolled-medicaid-0

Below you will find the measure set and legislative reports on the effort. 

Ongoing status reports to the Legislature regarding implementation of the cross-system performance measure will occur yearly via a report required under SB 5147:

SB 5732 also sought to increase the use of evidence based, research based and promising practices as well to make recommendations related to workforce issues. 

For more information, please contact: Kara Panek, panekkm@dshs.wa.gov or (360) 725-1400.

Tobacco

Progress with enforcing youth tobacco access laws. Federal Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment block grant funding can be reduced if the state retailer violation rate exceeds 20 percent.  The reports below cover methods and protocols, and outcomes of retailer compliance checks.

Workforce 

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For more information about DBHR reports, please contact Can Du, Office of Decision Support & Evaluation (Can.Du@dshs.wa.gov).