Behavioral Health Group Acquires 20-Facility Company, Expands Into Five New States

Dallas-based Behavioral Health Group continues its growth streak with the acquisition of Boise, Idaho-based Center for Behavioral Health.

The deal expands Behavioral Health Group’s footprint into five new states. It now operates 116 facilities and two labs in 23 states.

Center for Behavioral Health operates 20 treatment centers in Arizona, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Nevada and South Carolina. It also employs 280 people, about 210 of which work in clinical functions, according to a news release.


Behavioral Health Group, incorporated at BHG Holdings LLC, claims to have the largest network of Joint Commission-accredited outpatient opioid treatment and recovery centers in the U.S. The company focuses on providing a full spectrum of medication-assisted recovery (MAR) in an outpatient setting using all three FDA-approved medications: buprenorphine, methadone and naltrexone. Highman said that the company uses MAR in either opioid treatment programs or office-based opioid treatment settings.

“Our plan is to invest in acquisitions like Center for Behavioral Health to rapidly scale points of access and to expand our service lines across our national footprint to address broader substance use disorders for which MAR has proven beneficial,” Dr. Ben Nordstrom, Behavioral Health Group’s chief medical officer, said in the release. “Leveraging a more sophisticated and integrated care model that employs the full spectrum of evidence-based medication, behavioral therapy and mental health services brings opportunities to serve more of a population in crisis.”

This latest deal continues the company’s rapid expansion, a vital feature of the addiction care space specifically and behavioral health generally. In 2021, Behavioral Health Group added 36 locations in 13 states. Over the next five years, the company expects to expand into underserved parts of the U.S. In the previous five years, the company has grown via acquisition and de novo sites.


“BHG’s vision is to be the premier network of outpatient substance use disorder treatment facilities focusing on a holistic approach to deliver superior patient outcomes with long-term recovery,” Jay Higham, Behavioral Health Group CEO, said in the release.

In November, Behavioral Health Business reported Behavioral Health Group’s moves into Minnesota and Virginia. At that point, the company operated 92 locations across 19 states.

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