Surveying substance use disorders and treatment services in Minnesota

The Challenge 

The Minnesota Survey on Adult Substance Use (MNSASU) measures the prevalence of substance use disorders and depression among Minnesotans. It collects information for the entire state and for groups based on region, age, race or ethnicity, gender, immigration status, and insurance status.

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) asked Westat to help revise and implement its 2014 survey.

Our Solutions 

  • Westat worked with the DHS to help ensure the success and accuracy of the 2014 survey:
    • We developed a representative sample of Minnesotans to survey, including those who do not have landline phones.
    • We revised the MNSASU to include the American Psychiatric Association’s most recent guidelines.
    • We conducted about 18,000 telephone interviews in both English and Spanish.

The Results 

  • The survey will provide reliable estimates of the need for substance use treatment, including by geographic regions and other demographics.
  • We will compare the 2014 results with those from the previous 2004 and 2010 surveys to understand trends in treatment needs.
  • The results will help the DHS provide treatment services that enable Minnesotans to live healthier lives.

Our Client 

Minnesota Department of Human Services (MNDHS)