Behavioral Health Business September 14, 2021
Contingency management has proven to be one of the most effective treatments for patients addicted to stimulants such as meth and cocaine. The practice — which rewards patients with money or prizes for hitting certain treatment milestones — has been shown to improve retention and abstinence rates.
However, stigma and lack of reimbursement prevent many substance use disorder (SUD) treatment providers from offering the incentive-based practice.
For providers who decide to take the plunge, they must consider a number of factors if they want their contingency management programs to be successful, experts say.
Chiefly among those factors are regulations, according to Eric Gastfriend, CEO of DynamiCare Health, a technology platform that specializes in contingency management for SUD.
“[Contingency management] is...