Pipeline: PE-Backed Community Medical Services Adds Several Locations; MindPath Expands

Community Medical Services opens locations in Arizona, Wisconsin Scottsdale, Arizona-based Community Medical Services, which operates medication-assisted treatment (MAT) clinics in several states, has opened two new opioid treatment programs (OTPs), one in Phoenix, Arizona, and one in South Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The South Milwaukee location opened in October, and the Phoenix facility opened earlier this month. […]

Quit Genius Scores $11 Million in Latest Funding Round

Quit Genius, a San Francisco-based digital provider of addiction treatment services, has raised $11 million in Series A funding, the company recently announced. The money brings the company’s total funding raised up to $13.6 million, according to the fundraising tracking website Crunchbase. The round was led by British venture capital firm Octopus Ventures. Founded in […]

DOJ Hasn’t Prosecuted Any Body Brokering Cases Since 2018 Law Passed

In spite of massive bipartisan legislation passed by Congress in 2018 to address the nation’s opioid use disorder (OUD) epidemic and cut down on illegitimate practices, the Department of Justice (DOJ) hasn’t prosecuted a single “body-brokering” case. In the addiction treatment industry, body-brokering occurs when people — body brokers — seek out individuals with substance […]

Providers Get Creative to Address Worsening Behavioral Workforce Shortage Amid COVID-19

The nation’s behavioral health care workforce shortage has been well documented for years and is only expected to worsen over the next decade. Now, the shortfall has become even more pronounced amid COVID-19. Prior to the pandemic, 56% of Americans were seeking behavioral health assistance for themselves or loved ones, according to research co-conducted by […]

[UPDATED] Behavioral Health Hospital Patients, Workers Test Positive for COVID-19

Two patients and a staff member at a Seattle-area psychiatric hospital have tested positive for COVID-19. Additionally, a doctor at a New Jersey state psychiatric hospital has tested positive for the virus. These are among the first diagnoses at U.S. behavioral health facilities receiving media attention. At Western State Hospital in suburban Lakewood, Washington, a […]

Digital Behavioral Providers Offer Free Services to Health Care Workers For COVID-19 Stress

Multiple virtual behavioral health companies are offering their services to health care workers for free amid the COVID-19 crisis. Three such providers are Headspace, Orbit Health Telepsychiatry and Ginger. Headspace, a digital provider of mental wellness, mindfulness and meditation services, announced Monday that it will provide free subscriptions for the year to American health care […]

Lyra Health Partners with Starbucks to Provide Mental Health Benefits to Employees

Mental health benefits manager Lyra Health will provide all Starbucks (Nasdaq: SBUX) employees and eligible family members with up to 20 sessions per year with therapists and coaches starting April 6. The Seattle-based coffee giant announced the move Monday. All sessions will be free of charge to users. Burlingame, California-based Lyra provides similar services to […]

Identifying Behavioral Health Needs Is A Top Patient Safety Concern for Health Care Providers

Being able to identify behavioral health needs early is a top patient safety concern for health care providers, a new survey asserts. The ECRI Institute, a nonprofit organization that promotes best practices for health care providers, published the results on its annual list of top 10 patients safety concerns. For 2020, ECRI declared early recognition […]

In the Pipeline: New Behavioral Hospital in Midwest; Autism Centers Open

Opened Ohio children’s hospital unveils behavioral health center Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, has opened a new building on its campus to provide behavioral health services to patients. Construction on the new facility cost $159 million, according to the Columbus Dispatch. Both Nationwide — the Fortune 500 insurer and financial services manager for which […]