Increase the proportion of people with a substance use disorder who got treatment in the past year — SU‑01

Status: Little or no detectable change

Little or no detectable change

Most Recent Data:
12.2 percent (2019)

14.0 percent

Desired Direction:
Increase desired

11.1 percent of persons aged 12 years and over who needed substance use treatment received treatment at a specialty facility in the past 12 months in 2018

Increase the proportion of persons who need alcohol and/or illicit drug treatment who received specialty treatment for a substance use problem in the past year

Target-Setting Method


Effective treatments for substance use problems are available, but very few people with a substance use disorder get the treatment they need. Lack of access to care, lack of screening, and stigma all contribute to this treatment gap. Promising strategies include developing best practices for screening in primary care settings and increasing provider capacity to prescribe medications for treating substance use disorders.