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Recovery Incentives Program: California’s Contingency Management Benefit



County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health, Substance Abuse Prevention and Control Program


UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs, Pacific Southwest Addiction Technology


Presents a Special Training on:


Recovery Incentives Program:

California’s Contingency Management Benefit  


Friday, July 21, 2023; 10:00 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. PDT


Featured Presenter:

Thomas E. Freese, Ph.D., Director, UCLA ISAP, Co-Director, Pacific Southwest ATTC, HHS Region 9 



Alyssa Cohen, Psy.D., Clinical Psychologists II, Clinical Standards & Training (CST) Unit, SAPC 
 Vincent Scribner, CADC II, Senior Supervisor, Tarzana Treatment Centers Carol Bishop, LMFT, Clinical Supervisor, Tarzana Treatment Centers Nina Glassman, LCSW, Compliance Manager, Roots Through Recovery


Contingency management is one of the only evidence-based behavioral interventions shown to be effective in treating stimulant use disorder (StimUD). Contingency management provides monetary incentives (such as gift cards) for meeting treatment goals, including stimulant non-use as measured by negative urine drug tests (UDTs), rewarding individuals for changing their behaviors. Substance use offers a powerful, immediate reinforcement. Contingency management confronts this challenge by offering immediate financial awards that can help activate the brain’s reward system, thus encouraging the replacement of stimulants with the incentive to achieve a dopamine release. This lecture series will start off with an overview of the scope of the stimulant use problem and the acute and chronic impact of use. The lecture will review the disparities in impact on BIPOC communities and strategies to address these. The lecture will then provide an overview of contingency management for treating individuals with a stimulant use disorder (StimUD) and will provide information on the Recovery Incentives Program: California’s Contingency Management Benefit – a statewide pilot program for treating individuals with a StimUD.  

The panel portion of the lecture series event will feature Los Angeles providers participating in the Recovery Incentives program.  The panel discussion will focus on implementing contingency management and lessons learned while initiating the pilot program. 


Objectives: At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

1.    Describe at least three (3) patterns and trends regarding the scope of stimulant use in California and beyond.
2.    Identify at least three (3) acute and three (3) chronic effects of psychostimulant drugs on the brain.
3.    Explain at least two (2) strategies to address the disparities in the impact of StimUD on BIPOC communities.
4.    Name at least three (3) forms of empirical evidence to support CM as an intervention for treating stimulant use disorder.
5.    Distinguish the four (4) essential elements of an evidence-based, protocol-driven Recovery Incentives Program to address stimulant use.

Continuing Education:

The training course meets the qualifications for the provision of three (3.0) continuing education credits/ contact hours (CEs/CEHs). UCLA ISAP is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs (Provider #64812). UCLA ISAP maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. Course meets the qualifications for three (3.0) hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCS, and LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. UCLA ISAP is also an approved provider of continuing education for RADTs I/II, CADCs-CASs, CADCs I/II, CADCs-CSs, and LAADCs (CCAPP, #2N-00-445-1123), CATCs (ACCBC/CAADE, #CP40 872 C 0822), and CAODCs (CADTP,  #151).

CE credit will be awarded six-eight weeks after the virtual training. Partial credit will not be available for those participants who arrive late or leave early.


UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs (ISAP) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. UCLA ISAP maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the

California Medical Association (CMA) through the joint providership of UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs (ISAP) and SAPC. UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs (ISAP) is accredited by the CMA to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs (ISAP) designates this live virtual training course for a maximum of three (3.0) AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. The California Board of Registered Nursing recognizes that Continuing Medical Education (CME) is acceptable for meeting RN continuing education requirements as long as the course is certified for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM ( Nurses will receive a Certificate of Participation following this activity that may be used for license renewal. Continuing medical education will be awarded within 6-8 weeks following completion of the training.


Instructions for Filing a Grievance Concerning UCLA ISAP’s Continuing Education Program:

Please contact Dr. Thomas E. Freese, CE Program Administrator, in writing (UCLA ISAP, 10911 Weyburn Avenue, Suite 200, Los Angeles, CA 90024-2886) or by phone (310-267-5397). Alternately, you may contact Dr. Gloria Miele or Dr. James Peck, ISAP-affiliated doctoral-level psychologists responsible for program planning for the ISAP CE Program. Drs. Miele and Peck can be reached in writing at: 10911 Weyburn Avenue, Suite 200, Los Angeles, CA 90024-2886 or by phone at: 310-267-5888 (Miele) or 310-267-5346 (Peck).


Please contact Brandy Oeser at 310-267-5331 or via email at [email protected] if you have questions or concerns.

If you need a disability-related reasonable accommodation/alternative format for this event, please contact Brandy Oeser at (310) 267-5331 or via email at [email protected] by September 23, 2022.


This lecture series will be recorded.


Refund/Cancellation Policy: Notice of cancellation must be made at least 72 hours in advance of the training by emailing Brandy Oeser at [email protected]. You can also cancel directly via zoom.


Pre-registration is required and enrollment is limited to 1000 people. Registration will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.


You will receive a zoom confirmation if space has been reserved for you.

Starts: Jul. 21, 2023 10:00 am
Ends: Jul. 21, 2023 1:15 pm
Registration Deadline
July 21, 2023
Event Type
Webinar/Virtual Training
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