The Substance Abuse Agencies Management Information System (SAAMIS) is a data collection and reporting system that allows the state's county alcohol and drug abuse authorities to submit information on client demographics, client services and client outcomes. This data is used to generate reports regarding federal block grant programs for substance abuse services, national and state outcome measures, and contract-management and performance-monitoring processes. Various reports based on SAAMIS data are available on this page or by request.
Please use the links below to view some of our most current data and reports.
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These files provide aggregated data about clients seen through South Carolina's public substance abuse treatment system. This information was collected at the time of the client's admission to services. The reports are specific to the type of drug problem that the client reported at admission. Clients can report up to three drug problems at admission. Many clients report using multiple substances. For the purposes of these reports, clients reporting poly-substance use are represented in each report for which they report use of the associated substance.
- Treatment "Scorecard"
DAODAS, in conjunction with the county alcohol and drug abuse authorities, maintains access to services throughout the state by ensuring that clients are assessed and treated in a timely fashion. As a result, DAODAS and the local providers are a positive force for economic stability and opportunity by working with employed and unemployed clients to maintain their employment, while also helping unemployed individuals find jobs. In addition, school attendance rises as a result of treatment, which directly impacts student success and achievement while creating the opportunity for advancement after graduation.
- Prevention "Scorecard"
DAODAS, in conjunction with the county alcohol and drug abuse authorities, works to implement evidence-based programming that forestalls chronic disease in South Carolina and improves healthcare outcomes.
- ADSAP Admissions
South Carolina's Alcohol and Drug Safety Action Program (ADSAP) provides assessment, education, intervention and treatment services. State law requires successful completion of a certified ADSAP by all individuals who are convicted of driving under the influence (DUI); are referred by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) for boating under the influence; or have their licenses suspended through the state's Administrative License Revocation procedure. These individuals must successfully complete ADSAP services before they can be eligible for relicensing by the S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles or reinstatement of their boating privileges by SCDNR.
South Carolina recently changed its DUI laws to include the mandate that all individuals convicted of DUI successfully complete a certified ADSAP. This change went into effect in February 2009. This report provides evidence that the new law, coupled with increased DUI enforcement, has led to dramatic increases in the number of individuals participating in treatment services due to DUI convictions.
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- Youth Access to Tobacco Study 2007
The latest annual South Carolina Youth Access to Tobacco Study was released in May 2007. In this study, youth ages 15 to 17 visit convenience stores, grocery stores, drug stores, other retail outlets and vending machines and attempt to purchase cigarettes. The number and rate of cigarette sales to underage youth is documented by county, type of sales outlet, and demographics of the youth and sellers. In 1994, merchants sold cigarettes to underage youth 63% of the time. By 2007, the cigarette sales rate to minors in South Carolina had been reduced to 12.4%. The annual Youth Access to Tobacco Study monitors the state's compliance with the Synar Regulation of the federal Public Health Service Act of 1993. The Synar Regulation is a federal mandate that requires each state to document a rate of tobacco sales to minors of no more than 20%. States that fail to meet this requirement risk losing millions of dollars in federal funds for alcohol and other drug abuse prevention and treatment services. Click here to view the study results.
- Telephone Survey of School-Aged Youth
This study consisted of a telephone survey of 2,000 adolescents ages 14 to 17 in South Carolina. The purpose of the study was to collect and analyze data about alcohol and other drug use by adolescents and to determine the extent of problems that indicate substance abuse and/or dependence among this age group. The study also reflected trends among the respondents with regard to their treatment history and perceived need for treatment. Click here to view the survey results.
- Survey of the Medicaid-Eligible Population
This study consisted of a face-to-face survey of a random sample of 1,210 individuals who were eligible for Medicaid-funded health services. The purpose of the study was to collect and analyze data about alcohol and other drug use by Medicaid recipients and to determine the extent of problems that indicated substance abuse and/or dependence among the population. The study also reflected trends among the respondents with regard to their treatment history and perceived need for treatment. To protect the confidentiality of the respondents, the data was collected for the survey using a digitized voice delivered through headphones while the individual responded to each question through a laptop computer. Click here to view the survey results.
- Adult Household Telephone Survey
This study consisted of a telephone survey of 10,000 adults living in households in South Carolina. The purpose and content of the survey were similar to those of the Survey of School-Aged Youth and the Survey of the Medicaid-Eligible Population. In addition, it was hoped that the large sample size would allow a determination of the extent of treatment need by level of care for the adult household population of the state. Click here to view the survey results.
- Treatment Utilization Study
The Treatment Utilization Study provided an analysis of alcohol and other drug treatment admissions by various public and private providers in South Carolina. The purpose of the study was to determine the total number of admissions and the characteristics of those admitted to treatment. In addition, treatment admissions were compared to estimates of treatment need derived from population surveys to identify possible disparities in the delivery of treatment services. Admission data for several years was compiled from client files from the county alcohol and drug abuse authorities, the South Carolina Department of Mental Health, and South Carolina hospitals. Click here to view the survey results.