Discovery Behavioral Health Acquires New Life Addiction Counseling & Mental Health Services

Los Angeles-based Discovery Behavioral Health has acquired Pasadena, Maryland-based New Life Addiction Counseling & Mental Health Services.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. 

Discovery Behavioral Health is a national provider of substance abuse, mental health and eating disorder treatment. The 21-year-old company offers residential, partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient services for teenagers and adults.

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Meanwhile, 35-year-old New Life is an outpatient facility that specializes in treating adults for substance abuse and addiction, as well as mental health issues. 

The acquisition will bolster Discovery’s substance abuse presence in the northeast, helping the company provide a “broader array of behavioral health services to an underserved population,” according to a press release announcing the news.

Such services are especially important in Maryland, where the opioid crisis is hitting especially hard.

Maryland has the 5th highest opioid overdose death rate of any state, according to data from the Kaiser Family Foundation. And while opioid overdose deaths went down nationwide between 2017 and 2018, they increased nearly 15% in Maryland during the first half of 2018, according to the press release. 

“This area of the country continues to suffer the brunt of the nation’s opioid epidemic,” Joe Tinervin, president of Discovery Behavioral Health’s substance use division, said in the press release announcing the news. “Too often, fatal overdose deaths are the result of a lack of available treatment.”

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