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State Residential Treatment for Behavioral Health Conditions: Regulation and Policy Environmental Scan

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The objective of this environmental scan is to summarize the peer-reviewed and grey literature on oversight of residential care for mental health and substance use care in the United States, excluding inpatient hospital care. The scan provides a framework for defining residential treatment services, summarizes who is treated in residential care, and outlines current policy issues relevant to regulation and oversight of residential treatment for behavioral health conditions (e.g., placement criteria, provision of evidence-based care, quality issues).

This report was prepared under contract #HHSP233201600023I between HHS's ASPE/DALTCP and Truven Health Analytics, Inc. For additional information about this subject, you can visit the DALTCP home page at or contact the ASPE Project Officers, Judith Dey and JoelDubenitz, at HHS/ASPE/DALTCP, Room 424E, H.H. Humphrey Building, 200 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20201;,