An Economic Evaluation of a Contingency-Management Intervention for Stimulant Use among Community Mental Health Patients with Serious Mental Illness

Publication: Drug and Alcohol Dependence Journal; Aug 2015


This study examines the cost-effectiveness of contingency-management (CM) for stimulant dependence among community mental health patients with serious mental illness (SMI).


    CM added to TAU appears to be a wise investment for providers and payers for treating SUDs among the very costly and difficult-to-manage population of individuals with a co-occurring SMI. CM plus TAU significantly improved time free from stimulants relative to TAU, an effect that was sustained over the follow-up period, with no significant difference in direct-medical costs or health-related quality-of-life.




    Murphy SM, McDonell MG, McPherson S, Srebnik D, Angelo F, Roll JM, Ries RK. An economic evaluation of a contingency-management intervention for stimulant use among community mental health patients with serious mental illness. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2015 Aug 1;153:293-9. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2015.05.004. Epub 2015 May 14. PMID: 26026494; PMCID: PMC4509830.