Research Reports

We regularly publish and distribute our research teams' findings and related recommendations.

Spotlight on Medical Necessity Criteria for Substance Use Disorders

Medical necessity criteria should reflect generally accepted standards of care for the patient’s condition. Yet, for substance use disorders (SUDs), some health plans have used medical necessity criteria to restrict care and control costs.

Spotlight on Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Parity Compliance Standards

Traditional regulatory enforcement activities have proven inadequate to capture necessary compliance data or prevent the sale of sub-standard plans.

Evidence Based Strategies for Abatement of Harms from the Opioid Epidemic

This report was designed to support and empower state and local officials in making critical allocation decisions and consolidates the best research evidence available.

Spotlight on Legislation Limiting the Use of Prior Authorization for Substance Use Disorder Services and Medications

Prior authorization requirements impose a unique barrier for individuals seeking substance use disorder (SUD) treatment, delaying care at a critical moment.

Spotlight on Network Adequacy Standards for Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health Services: Federal and State Regulation and Enforcement of the Parity Act

Health insurance providers must cover a full continuum of services and a robust network of providers to ensure access to mental health and substance use disorder treatment. This report examines network adequacy standards.

Teen Insights into Drugs, Alcohol, and Nicotine: A National Survey of Adolescent Attitudes Toward Addictive Substances

This annual survey helps parents better understand the experiences, attitudes, perceptions, and behaviors of their children in relation to substance use.

Uncovering Coverage Gaps II: A Review and Comparison of Addiction Benefits in ACA Plans

There are numerous barriers to addiction treatment, but cost and lack of insurance coverage are the most common reasons people forgo the care they need.

Childhood Poisoning: Safeguarding Young Children from Addictive Substances

Young children are being accidentally exposed at unacceptably high rates to toxic, addictive substances, but there are steps we can take.

Parity Tracking Project: Making Parity a Reality

The Parity Act has not put an end to restrictive coverage and limited reimbursement for substance use treatment in either private insurance or Medicaid.

Beyond Cigarettes: The Risks of Non-Cigarette Nicotine Products and Implications for Tobacco Control

Nicotine use in the U.S. is changing, with more people using non-cigarette nicotine products ⁠— products whose health risks are relatively unknown.

Uncovering Coverage Gaps: A Review of Addiction Benefits in ACA Plans

Nearly all of the 2017 EHB benchmark plans were non-compliant with ACA requirements or provided inadequate coverage of addiction benefits.

Understanding and Addressing Nicotine Addiction: A Science-Based Approach to Policy and Practice

Despite a decline in recent years in the use of cigarettes, the use of non-cigarette nicotine products has been rising, posing a threat to public health.

Disconnect In Pain-Related Communications Between Prescribers of Pain Medications and Patients

New research confirms several “disconnects” in the pain-related communication between health care prescribers of prescription opiates (Rx painkillers) and their patients.

Survey on Misuse and Abuse of Prescription Stimulants Among College Students and Other Young Adults

A new, nationally representative survey confirms that the intentional misuse of prescription stimulants is becoming normalized among current college students and other young adults.

2013 Partnership Attitude Tracking Study

Results from the 2013 Partnership Attitude Tracking Study (PATS) found troubling data on teen use of synthetic human growth hormone.

Commercial Value of Underage & Pathological Drinking

The alcohol industry’s financial interests in underage drinking and pathological drinking are impediments to curbing these risky and costly behaviors.

2012 Partnership Attitude Tracking Study

Results from the 2012 Partnership Attitude Tracking Study (PATS) found troubling data on teens' intentional misuse of prescription stimulants.

2013 Marijuana Attitudes Survey

This 2013 survey sought to learn more about what parents today believe about the legalization and decriminalization of marijuana and the risks it may or may not pose to adolescents.

SBIRT Implementation and Process Change Manual for Practitioners

This guide includes literature, resources and a toolkit that will help practitioners implement SBIRT.

The Importance of Family Dinners 2012

Parental engagement fostered around the dinner table is one of the most potent tools in raising healthy, substance-free children.

Survey of American Attitudes on Substance Abuse 2012

This survey aims to identify the situations, characteristics and social factors that are associated with teen substance use and addiction.

Addiction Medicine: Closing the Gap Between Science & Practice

The disconnect between addiction medicine and mainstream medical practice has undermined effective addiction treatment, but there are steps we can take.

Survey of American Attitudes on Substance Abuse 2011

CASAColumbia’s teen surveys have consistently found that the family is fundamental to keeping children away from tobacco, alcohol and illegal substances.

Adolescent Substance Use: America’s #1 Public Health Problem

It is essential to educate the population on adolescent substance use, which is the largest public health problem in America today.

Survey of American Attitudes on Substance Abuse 2010

This survey aims to identify the situations, individual characteristics and social factors that are associated with teen substance use and addiction.
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