Ideal Option Opens Buprenorphine Clinic; THIRA Health Expands Service Lines with Adult Residential Program

SUD provider Ideal Option opens high-capacity addiction clinic

Kennewick, Washington-based Ideal Option opened a 4,000-square-foot “flagship” clinic primarily designed to provide buprenorphine-based medication-assisted treatment (MAT).

The clinic was partly funded through the American Rescue Plan Act through the City of Great Falls, Montana.

“The grant funding from the American Rescue Plan Act allows us to increase access to treatment in Great Falls for those who may have fallen victim to addiction due to the social isolation, economic hardship, and emotional distress of the pandemic,” Katie Olson, development manager and epidemiologist at Ideal Option, said in a statement.


“Expanding our life-saving services by way of a larger clinic and increased staff capacity means we can now see up to 70 patients per day,” she continued.

The grant also provides funds for a licensed peer to work with patients.

Founded in 2012, Ideal Option has more than 85 MAT clinics across nine states and has treated more than 75,000 patients. The company offers hybrid outpatient treatment for addiction to opioids, alcohol, methamphetamine, and other substances.


Texas behavioral health hospital announces $70M renovation

Baptist Behavioral Health, a Baptist Beaumont Hospital affiliate, will undergo a significant renovation, according to Becker’s Hospital Review.

The behavioral health center received $70 million from the 88th Texas Legislature to expand its number of beds. Of the funds, $6 million will go to develop an integrated care clinic and the other $64 million will support a renovation and 72-bed expansion of the existing facility. 

Located in Beaumont, Texas, the facility offers care for behavioral health issues, including depression, bipolar disorder, schizoaffective disorder and schizophrenia, as well as substance use disorders (SUDs).

Baptist Behavioral Health’s programs include acute inpatient, day treatment and outpatient services. It aims to diagnose, treat and rehabilitate children, adolescents, adults and senior citizens.

Gateways Hospital and Mental Health Center debuts sensory room

Non-profit organization Gateways Hospital and Mental Health Center opened a “groundbreaking” sensory room using a $45,000 grant from the Robert Ellis Simon Foundation.

The room offers immersive sensory interventions that practitioners can tailor to the individual patient. It was designed to enhance emotional regulation skills and coping mechanisms and foster connections between patients and caregivers.

Adolescent and adult inpatients can spend time there under a mental health care provider’s supervision.

Los Angeles-based Gateways provides outpatient and residential mental and behavioral health services for adolescents, transitional-aged youth and adults with mental disorders or SUDs. Founded in 1953, the organization also provides services to incarcerated and homeless people.

THIRA Health launches adult residential treatment program

Bellevue, Washington-based THIRA Health is expanding its service line with an adult residential treatment program for adults ages 18 and older struggling with behavioral health conditions, including depression, anxiety, disordered eating and suicidal behaviors.

THIRA provides evidence-based treatment through a foundation of dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) for women, teen girls, and gender non-conforming individuals.

“Our intention is to provide the most researched and validated methods of therapy to adults challenged with suicidal intentions, self-harm, depression and anxiety disorders where round-the-clock care and supervision is necessary,” Sarah Skoterro, business development director for THIRA Health, said in a statement.

The program will include therapy, psychiatric medication management, comprehensive nutrition programming, mindfulness groups, and milieu-based DBT skills coaching.

THIRA also offers a partial hospitalization program (PHP), an intensive outpatient program (IOP) and residential adolescent treatment.

Behavioral health provider NorthCare opens new community outpatient facility

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma-based NorthCare opened a new location in Guthrie, Oklahoma, supported by a four-year federal grant.

The grant, funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), will provide $1 million annually to expand certified community behavioral health clinic (CCBHC) access in the area.

The facility will provide outpatient and voluntary services and will eventually serve people in crisis.

NorthCare is a private 501(c)(3) non-profit that provides social services and behavioral health care for individuals and families. It offers 20 trauma-informed programs to treat mental illness, trauma and addiction.

Valley Springs Wellness Center announces $3.5M mental health service expansion

Valley Springs Health and Wellness Center is expanding its behavioral health services, according to Calaveras Enterprise.

The Valley Springs, California-based provider offers an extensive range of care programs, including primary care, dentistry, pediatric care and behavioral health care.

The expansion is funded through a $3.5 million award from the California Department of Healthcare Services. It will include the construction of a 1,638-square-foot expansion dedicated to behavioral health, including urgent mental health care.

The center is a federally designated Rural Health Clinic owned and operated by Mark Twain Health Care District.

Current plans are to break ground in April to prepare for an October move-in.

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