REFORM- MDHHS seeks bids for pilot to provide incentives to Medicaid enrollees who meet substance use disorder recovery goals

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[MM Curator Summary]: Michigan Medicaid is looking to test out a motivational incentives-based model for substance-abuse treatment. This RFP is for people to train providers on the model.



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MDHHS seeks bids for pilot to provide incentives to Medicaid enrollees who meet substance use disorder recovery goals

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is moving forward with plans to offer an additional evidence-based treatment for Medicaid and Healthy Michigan Plan enrollees who are recovering from substance use disorders.

MDHHS is seeking bids through Aug. 25 from vendors that can offer training and technical assistance to Medicaid prepaid inpatient health plans and providers of substance use disorder treatment. The training will prepare the health plans and other providers to participate in MDHHS’s Recovery Incentives Pilot.

The Recovery Incentives Pilot will use a type of cognitive behavioral therapy known as contingency management that provides motivational incentives to people living with a substance use disorder who achieve their treatment goals. Incentives will be in the form of low-denomination retail gift cards. The amount of the incentive earned increases each week that the participant abstains from a narrow set of specified substances, as evidenced by negative drug tests.

The department plans to launch the Recovery Incentives Pilot in October 2024. The pilot is one of several projects to expand access to substance use disorder treatment through the Michigan Opioid Healing and Recovery Fund.

In addition to providing training, the selected contractor will develop a training curriculum and support providers as they offer services, including developing ongoing support tools and documentation.

“Following trends across the country, the opioid epidemic in Michigan has expanded and now includes the use of stimulants and other mixed substances,” said Dr. Natasha Bagdasarian, MDHHS chief medical executive. “We must continue to equip providers and beneficiaries with the latest evidence-based tools in prevention, treatment and recovery strategies to combat a persistent and evolving crisis. Providing these types of incentives has proven to be one of the most effective treatments for substance use disorder.”

Proposals must be submitted electronically through SIGMA Vendor Self Service by Aug. 25. After vendors log in, they can search for RFP # 230000002778 or search for “Recovery Incentives Training and Technical Assistance.”

The contract period is expected to be from Jan. 1, 2024, through Sept. 30, 2026.

MDHHS reserves the right to change contractor requirements, dates or any other information deemed necessary.

For questions regarding the pilot, contact

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