From 2005 to 2008, researchers at the Center for Research on Behavioral Health and Human Services Delivery in the University of Georgia's Institute for Behavioral Research examined practices in substance abuse treatment centers, drawing on existing data from face-to-face interviews with leaders at 403 privately-funded and 363 publicly-funded treatment centers.
Researchers published three peer-reviewed articles examining the ways in which:
- Organizational structure and funding sources influence the availability of core medical and treatment services for substance abuse and of supportive services, such as transportation and child care assistance.
- Organizational characteristics of substance abuse treatment centers influence the use of medications, and whether patterns differ by type of medication.
- Job demands and resources influence emotional exhaustion and the intention to quit among leaders of substance abuse treatment centers.