Inpatient hospital admissions for behavioral health services rose by 3.5% in 2007 from the previous year, according to an annual trend analysis report from the National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems. Based in Washington, the NAPHS represents behavioral healthcare provider organizations that own or manage more than 600 psychiatric hospitals, general hospital psychiatric and addiction treatment units, and other treatment facilities. Hospital lengths of stay increased about 1%to 9.7 days in 2007 from 9.6 days in 2006while residential treatment admissions during that period held steady, averaging 177 admissions in 2007 and 179 in 2006.
Mark Covall, president and CEO of the NAPHS, said his only surprise from the report is that there were no surprises, given that current trends indicate demand for behavioral health services remains strong. Covall also said the study highlights the broad ranges of services that the survey respondents205 respondents out of the 344 surveys that were mailed to inpatient providersprovide, from addiction services, to residential treatment for children, adolescents and adults, to community outpatient services.