Behavioral Health Business September 14, 2021
Bailey Bryant

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...

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