President Trump’s Budget Would Boost CCBHC, Opioid Funding — But Hurt Medicaid 

The Trump administration released its proposed budget for fiscal year 2021 Monday. On the behavioral health front, the budget aims to expand and extend the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) Medicaid demonstration, significantly boosting funding to that program and a variety of others focused on mental health and the opioid epidemic. It also promises […]

Behavioral Health Provider Saves Over $9.2 Million With Jail Diversion Program

An innovative mental health-focused jail diversion program is saving one county millions of dollars and garnering national attention. The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD is the community behavioral health provider leading the charge. “This is targeted toward those individuals that have a history of mental health issues [whose nonviolent] crimes somehow had a […]

CCBHC Funding Helps Behavioral Health Combat Workforce Shortages

Nearly three years into the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) Medicaid demonstration and about a year and a half into the first round of CCBHC expansion grant program, behavioral health stakeholders continue to advocate for the wider roll out of the CCBHC model. And in January, the industry recorded a win on that front. […]

In the Pipeline: Odyssey Opens Tech Addiction Center; New Substance Abuse Facilities

Opened Buena Vista Health Recovery debuts new addiction treatment facility Buena Vista Health Recovery has opened a new drug and alcohol detox and treatment facility in Tucson, Arizona. Cave Creek, Arizona-based Buena Vista is an addiction treatment provider with three locations in Arizona and a fourth facility slated to open in Colorado later this year. […]

Behavioral Health Real Estate Sparks Interest of Institutional Capital

As stigma decreases and demand for behavioral health services grows, institutional capital is taking notice, with behavioral health real estate being one hot new area of interest.  First movers like Sabra Health Care REIT are hoping to take advantage of the emerging market. “None of our peers are in the space at this point,” Sabra […]

Genesis Hands Off 5 Behavioral Health Facilities

Genesis HealthCare (NYSE: GEN) has announced a series of deals that will transition the operational responsibilities for 19 of its West Coast facilities to New Generation Health. Five of those are behavioral health facilities. As part of the $79 million transaction, Genesis sold the real estate and operations for six skilled nursing facilities and transferred […]

New Program Aims to Equip Doctors With Autism Specialty Training

Individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have unique health needs beyond receiving therapeutic interventions such as applied behavior analysis (ABA). However, relatively few medical providers are equipped to meet those needs, despite the fact that the one in 59 children is diagnosed with ASD, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Thomas […]

Medicaid Block Grant Option Could Hurt Behavioral Health Providers — But Not Anytime Soon

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has unveiled a new option for states to receive their federal Medicaid expansion funding as a capped lump sum. Behavioral health stakeholders worry the proposed waiver program could hurt safety net providers and the patients they serve, but operators won’t see changes anytime soon — if at […]

Beacon Health Options Expands Partnership with Walmart

Beacon Health Options has expanded its partnership with Walmart (NYSE: WMT). As part of the agreement, Beacon Care Services — a subsidiary of Beacon Health Options — will provide select behavioral health services through the retail giant’s second Walmart Health center. Boston-based Beacon Care Services is a behavioral health provider that dubs itself the country’s […]

Non-Publicized Deals Boost Q4 Behavioral Health M&A Stats

The behavioral health industry may have seen more transactions in the fourth quarter of 2019 than previously believed, according to new data from M&A advisory firm Mertz Taggart. Data recently released by Irving Levin Associates suggested that the market saw a slow down in M&A activity in Q4. However, Mertz Taggart’s analysis found that behavioral […]