September 29, 2022 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Virtual Event
Children’s Bureau (CB), Administration for Children and Families (ACF), co-funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

How Using Contingency Management Can Support Families Affected by Substance Use Disorders

September is National Recovery Month! It’s an important reminder to promote and support evidence-based treatment and recovery practices.

The 2020 National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that over 5 million people aged 12 and older misused prescription stimulants, while 2.5 million had used methamphetamine within the past year. The good news? There’s more and more research underway to find effective treatment of stimulant use disorders. The only current treatment for stimulant use disorders with significant evidence of effectiveness is contingency management, an evidence-based behavioral intervention designed to encourage desired behaviors by providing immediate reinforcing consequences in the form of incentives.

The National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare’s (NCSACW) upcoming webinar will provide: 1) an overview of contingency management including the implementation with different cultural populations, 2) the implementation experience of a Regional Partnership Grantee (Montefiore Medical Center (PDF) from New York), 3) a closer look at the myths and stigma associated with contingency management, and 4) practical strategies for agencies to implement contingency management.

Join us as we engage national experts to learn more about:

  • Science and research behind contingency management
  • Key principles and implementation strategies of contingency management, including program effectiveness related to individuals with stimulant use disorders involved in the child welfare system
  • How to apply principles outside of substance use disorder (SUD) treatment to improve outcomes for parents affected by SUDs

Please submit your questions to presenters when you register for the session. Registration is free.


Beth Rutkowski, M.P.H., has been associated with UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs (ISAP) since December 2000, and currently serves as the director of training and co-director of the SAMHSA-funded Pacific Southwest Addiction Technology Training Center. Ms. Rutkowski focuses much of her time on the development of synchronous and asynchronous training and intensive technical assistance activities and products—all of which reflect evidence-based SUD research and remain targeted to the community at large. In addition, she organizes and conducts conferences and trainings throughout the Pacific Southwest region (HHS Region 9, covering AZ, CA, HI, NV, and the six U.S. Affiliated Pacific Jurisdictions) on scientifically validated interventions and topics. Ms. Rutkowski has co-authored and edited several peer-reviewed research articles, book chapters, special issues, and technical reports on a variety of topics related to the treatment of SUDs.

Anita Jose, Ph.D., is director of child welfare programs and attending psychologist at Montefiore Medical Center’s University Behavioral Associates (UBA). She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Stony Brook University. In her current role, she oversees multiple direct service contracts that focus on improving child welfare outcomes by addressing family and relationship violence, mental health needs, and substance use treatment needs. Dr. Jose is also co-principal investigator on a federally funded grant that implements and evaluates evidence-based interventions for families at risk of co-occurring substance use and child welfare concerns. She has extensive experience in cross-systems collaboration, the study of family and couple relationships, and the New York City child welfare system. As associate professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, she has authored several peer-reviewed publications and academic presentations related to her areas of interest and provides didactic training as well as supervision to residents and graduate students. She is currently serving a 4-year term as a member of the CDC World Trade Center Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee due to her knowledge of trauma and its correlates.

Contact NCSACW

NCSACW is a national resource center providing information, expert consultation, training, and technical assistance to child welfare, dependency court, and substance use treatment professionals to improve the safety, permanency, well-being, and recovery outcomes for children, parents, and families. Reach us via email: or visit our website.

This presentation is supported by contract number 75S20422C00001 from the Children’s Bureau (CB), Administration for Children and Families (ACF), co-funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The views, opinions, and content of this presentation are those of the presenters and do not necessarily reflect the views, opinions, or policies of ACF, SAMHSA or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

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