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Measure: Service Utilization and Cost   #560700  About

Definition: This measure takes the days/times in the past 90 days of self-reported service utilization variables related to health care, mental health care, and school and justice system involvement and multiplies them by a unit price of those services. These costs are then summed to get a quarterly burden of substance use for a study sample or can be used to demonstrate gains in these domains associated with treatment/recovery.

Purpose: The purpose of this measure is to estimate the tangible cost of service utilization during the past quarter, to identify subgroups of particularly expensive clients, to examine the extent to which the cost of treatment is offset by reductions in costs to society in a study sample, or to compare two or more interventions in terms of the relative cost-effectiveness or benefit cost.


Keywords: Global Appraisal of Individual Needs, GAIN, Cost effectiveness, Cost-benefit analysis, Service utilization, Treatment, Emergency room, Hospitalization, Outpatient service, Criminal justice costs, Criminal justice savings, SAA, Substance Use-related Co-morbidities and Health-related Outcomes, proprietary

Measure Release Date: February 24, 2012

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