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Recovery Incentives Pilot

What is the Recovery Incentives Pilot?

The Recovery Incentives Pilot will use contingency management, an evidence-based treatment that provides motivational incentives to people living with a substance use disorder who are able to achieve their treatment goals. By establishing contingency management as a covered benefit on a pilot basis for Medicaid and Healthy Michigan Plan enrollees, the state believes it can improve outcomes by supporting individuals in making the behavior changes that drive recovery.

The purpose of this pilot is to:

  • Improve access to effective community-based SUD treatment and recovery services.
  • Address the SUD crisis in Michigan through a new evidence-based treatment.
  • Improve the health and well-being of Medicaid and Healthy Michigan Plan (HMP) beneficiaries living with either stimulant use disorder (StimUD) and opioid use disorder (OUD), or both.

How does Contingency Management Work

Substances, such as stimulants and opioids, can take over the natural reward pathway in the brain. By providing immediate rewards to individuals who meet their treatment goals, contingency management helps to revert that pathway in the brain into balance by offering people non-drug rewards in exchange for choosing abstinence. This immediate reward can help tip decision-making towards abstinence.

Who is Eligible to Receive Recovery Incentives?

To be eligible to participate in the Recovery Incentives Pilot, individuals should:

  • Be enrolled in Medicaid or HMP.
  • Be enrolled in a participating Prepaid Inpatient Health Plan (PIHP).
  • Be diagnosed with either a qualifying StimUD or OUD, or both.

Recovery Incentives Pilot Design

  • Participants will receive incentives for meeting their treatment goals by providing negative drug tests for stimulants and/or opioids and for continuing to engage in treatment even when they have a positive test. Incentives will be provided to participants as gift cards to purchase certain items, such as food and gas.
  • Incentives will increase each week a participant does not use stimulants and/or opioids.
  • Incentives will reset to a lower amount when a participant's test shows they used a stimulant and/or opioid or has an unexcused absence. The participant’s incentives will increase after they provide negative drug tests.

Diagram describing the recovery incentivization process

What is the timeline for launching the RI Pilot?

MDHHS anticipates launching the Pilot on October 1, 2024. Interested providers should reach out to their PIHPs to join their Recovery Incentives network.



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