Hackensack Meridian Health Goes Big on Behavioral Health, Care Collaboration

Hackensack Meridian Health is making behavior health care its “big focus” of 2020, according to CEO Robert Garrett.  Garrett shared his priorities for the year ahead Wednesday during a podcast interview with Bloomberg Businessweek.  “This year, the big focus is going to be on behavioral health because it’s posing a huge problem from a health […]

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SAMHSA Announces $200M in CCBHC Expansion Grants Available to Providers Nationwide

Behavioral health clinics across the country are now able to apply for Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) expansion grants. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced the funding opportunity Friday, putting $200 million worth of grants up for grabs and expanding the reach of CCBHCs.  The purpose is to “increase access […]

Newly Introduced Bills Aim to Improve, Expand Behavioral Health Insurance Coverage

Lawmakers in one state have introduced two new bills designed to improve and expand insurance coverage for behavioral health services. The legislation was proposed Tuesday in California, a state that frequently sets legislative trends known to catch on nationwide. The bills in question — Senate Bill 854 and Senate Bill 855 — target private insurance […]

MindPath Care Centers Adds New Board Member

MindPath Care Centers — North Carolina’s largest outpatient behavioral health provider — has appointed a new member to its board of directors.  Dave Nelson, chief development officer at the Advanced Urology Institute of Georgia, was appointed to the board earlier this month. MindPath Care Centers provides various types of therapy, counseling and addiction recovery services […]

UHS Ramps Up Behavioral Health JV Activity But Struggles with Workforce Shortages

Despite being one of the largest behavioral health providers in the country, Universal Health Services (NYSE: UHS) isn’t immune to industry pain points such as workforce shortages and regulatory pressures. But even with those struggles, UHS continues to grow its behavioral health footprint and market hold. The King of Prussia, Pennsylvania-based company has done that […]

NABH Chief: CMS’ Plan to Streamline Psychiatric Hospital Compliance Misses Mark

Psychiatric hospitals that participate in Medicare will soon see changes to the way they’re surveyed for compliance. Currently, providers are surveyed twice to ensure compliance with two different sets of guidelines, or conditions of participation (CoPs). But starting in March, those surveys will be consolidated into one, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) […]

Researchers Call on Government to Update Outdated Buprenorphine Database, Policies

A federal database of buprenorphine providers is largely outdated, according to a new study published in the Journal of Psychiatric Practice. Researchers argue government action is needed to help patients find medication-assisted treatment — and to expand the number of behavioral health clinicians able to provide services. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration […]

NAATP Adds New Member to Board of Directors

The National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP), a trade organization representing providers of addiction services, has named Robin Piper to its board of directors. Piper is the clinical director and CEO of Turning Point of Tampa, which provides 12-step outpatient and residential assistance to individuals being treated for substance use disorders and eating disorders, […]