Effects of a Same-Day Post-detoxification Residential Alcohol Use Disorder Treatment Admission Policy

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This study examined pre- and post-implementation of a same-day post-detoxification residential admission policy within a Veteran Health Administration (VHA) facility to determine improved outcomes consistent with the larger literature. A single facility sample of participants who received detoxification from alcohol pre- and post-policy change was identified utilizing administrative and health record data. Chi-square testing and independent samples T-testing evaluated changes between a 2018 pre-policy cohort and a 2019 post-policy cohort. Policy implementation of same-day admissions to residential treatment after detoxification resulted in statistically significant change in instances of waiting, wait times for participants who waited, no-show, and readmissions during the six months following inpatient discharge. Mortality, cancellation rates, and discharge type did not differ significantly. These findings further support previous research that outlines the relationship between efficient post-detoxification continuity of care and increased positive outcomes.