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Substance Abuse Treatment: VA Programs Serve Psychologically and Economically Disadvantaged Veterans
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Our work focused on VA medical center inpatient and outpatient units designated specifically for substance abuse treatment. We did not examine medical, surgical, or psychiatric units that may also provide substance abuse treatment. We gathered demographic and program data from VA reports and fiscal year 1995 VA patient treatment files, the most recent files available. We interviewed senior officials at VA headquarters and VA medical centers in Chicago, Denver, and Seattle and national experts in substance abuse treatment about program monitoring. We conducted case studies in Colorado and Illinois to obtain information about non-VA substance abuse programs and spoke with federal, state, and private sector officials about these services’ availability to and use by veterans. Finally, we reviewed the literature and discussed with VA and non-VA officials the potential implications of eliminating VA’s substance abuse services or contracting these services out to non-VA providers. We did our work between November 1995 and July 1996 in accordance with generally accepted government auditing standards. (U.S. General Accounting Office)
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A program of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Mental Health Services