Outlook and Outcomes is the annual publication of the Behavioral Health Administration (BHA). It presents data from the Statewide Maryland Automated Tracking System (SMART) to which all Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) certified or Joint Committee on Accreditation of Healthcare Organization (JCAHO) accredited alcohol and drug abuse treatment programs are required to report.
The data in Outlook and Outcomes reflects the status of substance treatment, intervention, and prevention programs in Maryland, the services they deliver and the populations that they serve. Data collected through the tracking of patients who have entered the treatment system provides a rich repositiory of information on activity and treatment outcomes in the statewide treatment network. The data are an essential indicatorof the trends and patterns of alcohol and drug abuse in the state. Through the identification of these trends and patterns sound long-term planning to meet the population needs can occur, and outcome measures that insure quality treatment and fiscal accountability are established and met.