Transactions: The Columbus Organization’s Florida Foothold; Discovery Behavioral Health’s Rapid Acquisitions

The Columbus Organization Acquires Progressive Journey Group

The Columbus Organization, an Indianapolis-based provider of services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), has announced its acquisition of Orlando, Florida-based Progressive Journey Group.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The Columbus Organization has more than 30 years of experience serving people with IDD in 42 states. Meanwhile, Progressive Journey is an IDD provider servicing central Florida’s Spanish-speaking residents.


The deal helps bolster The Columbus Organization’s current presence in Florida.

“Our entry into this market, combined with our current presence in Tampa and Tallahassee, gives us one of the top, if not top market shares in Florida,” Jeff Klimaski, president and CEO for The Columbus Organization, said in a press release announcing the news. “We will continue to look at other acquisitions to enhance our ability to drive our brand of support coordination throughout the Florida market.”

Klimaski was appointed to head up the company earlier this month. The company is also adding upper-level management positions to help accommodate plans for further future growth.


Discovery Behavioral Health Acquires Seattle Treatment Centers

Los Alamitos, California-based Discovery Behavioral Health has acquired Seattle-based Associated Behavioral Health Care (ABHC), further expanding its national footprint in the mental health and addiction treatment markets.

Financial terms of the transaction were not released.

Discovery Behavioral Health operates facilities in 12 states across the country, including locations that were already in Washington state prior to the deal. Meanwhile, ABHC operates four behavioral health centers in the Pacific Northwest.

The acquisition comes on the heels of Discovery’s recent purchase of San Diego-based substance treatment provider Casa Palmera less than a month earlier.

Turnbridge Acquires Clearpoint Recovery Services

New Haven, Connecticut-based Turnbridge, a national provider of substance abuse treatment for teens and young adults, has acquired Westport, Connecticut-based Clearpoint Recovery Center, an intensive outpatient treatment program that treats adults with substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The new combined entity is called Turnbridge Westport. It will provide psychiatry and medication management, individual and group psychotherapies and family support, as well as medication-assisted treatment.

Janet Isander will be the program’s director.

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