State Treatment Needs Assessment Project (STNAP) Round II Studies

The Maine Office of Substance Abuse (OSA) in partnership with Research Triangle Institute (RTI), conducted the Maine State Treatment Needs Assessment Studies (STNAP) to evaluate treatment needs and assess the best use of limited resources. These studies were sponsored by the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), a division of the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

An initial series of six studies were conducted in Round I between 1995 and 1998. They were: the Alcohol and Other Drug Household Telephone Study, the Arrestee Study, the School-Aged Population Study, the Social Indicators Study, the Assessment of the Current Treatment System Study, and an Integrative Study.

Round II of the STNAP was comprised of three studies. Treatment Needs Among Maine's TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) Population Study, Emerging Issues: The Impact on Maine's Treatment System Study, and Integration and Systems Coordination Study. The three studies built on the work of the first round of studies to fill gaps in information.

Treatment Needs Among Maine's TANF Population

The objectives of this study were to: (1) measure the current use of alcohol and other drugs, and (2) to measure the prevalence of dependence on different substances, or the prevalence of specific dependence symptoms. The study also measured the need for substance abuse treatment services and the extent to which the need for services was being met. Data was collected using computer-assisted personal interviews in the areas of Portland, Rockland, and Millinocket. A total of 450 interviews were conducted, with a minimum of 150 being taken from each area. The target population was defined as females aged 18-64 enrolled in TANF prior to the start of data collection.

Emerging Issues: The Impact on Maine's Treatment System

This study built on available treatment information to assess the capacity of the substance abuse treatment system in the state. A series of maps charting need across the state were developed, and a dynamic simulation model was expanded. Key issues that impact the Maine substance abuse treatment system were also identified.

Integration and Systems Coordination

This study continued to build on the Integration Study begun in the first round of studies, integrating the TANF study and the Emerging Issues study to form an even more comprehensive picture of treatment needs in Maine. The study generated a detailed estimate of the need for alcohol and other drug treatment in the state at both the state and county levels.


The Reports from Round II are available from the Information & Resource Center and are linked from the record in the IRC database.