The federal government requires each state to collect demographic and treatment data on all clients admitted into any publicly funded treatment facilities. The mental health data is called the Mental Health Event File (MHE). The substance use disorder data is called the Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS) and includes admission and discharge files. Providers submit the data monthly through a secure website into the SAMHIS (Substance Abuse Mental Health Information System) database. The data submitted into SAMHIS is used for all data reporting produced by DSAMH, unless otherwise specified. This data is also used to satisfy federal data reporting requirements.
To ensure quality of the data, providers are required to follow specifications for file formats and data definitions. Below are the specifications for each data set. there are minor changes between FY 2013 and FY 2014.