Substance use disorder causes more death, illness, and disability than any other preventable health condition. Once a patient acknowledges the need for treatment, it’s advisable to initiate treatment as soon as possible. Once a patient begins treatment, the more they engage services, the more likely they will complete a full course of treatment. The frequency and intensity of patient engagement predicts treatment outcomes.
Patient population: Adolescent and adult patients ages 13 and older diagnosed with a new episode of dependence on alcohol or other drugs.
Quality Goal: Ensure that patients initiate treatment for alcohol and other drug disorders through an inpatient admission, intensive outpatient encounter, or partial hospitalization within 14 days of diagnosis, and access two or more additional services within 30 days of the initiation visit.
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