Report: The Costs and Effectiveness of Substance Use Disorder Programs

The Costs and Effectiveness of Substance Use Disorder Programs; Annual Accounting of Forfeited Property Dollars Report (C.R.S. 16-13-701)  provides a brief overview on the costs and effectiveness of alcohol and drug abuse programs for the individuals who received substance use services in Fiscal Year (FY) 2016-2017, the actual cost of serving these individuals and the outcomes related to substance use treatment services. 

  • The total number of unique individuals who received services across all categories and were also discharged in FY 2016-2017 was 65,143. 
  • Of the total unique treatment clients served, 70.6 percent fully completed substance use disorder treatment. 
  • On June 30, 2017, the census of persons enrolled in medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder services was 4,732. 
  • There was a statistically significant decrease in primary drug use from admission to discharge (the cornerstone outcome measure for substance use disorder treatment). 
  • In FY 2016-2017, $262,470.39 in forfeited property revenues was expended on treatment and detoxification services. 

Read the full report on Colorado's Costs and Effectiveness of Substance Use Disorder Programs; Annual Accounting of Forfeited Property Dollars here.