Average Life Expectancy Increases As Opioid Drug Deaths Decrease

A drop in drug-related overdose deaths has the average American life expectancy back on the rise after years on the decline. Life expectancy in the country rose from 78.6 in 2017 to 78.7 in 2018, according to a recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). At the same time, deaths by […]

In the Pipeline: CARD Opens Latest Center; New Substance Abuse Facilities

Opened CARD opens new facility Woodland Hills, California-based Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD), one of the largest national autism treatment providers, has opened a new facility in Gilbert, Arizona, southeast of Phoenix. The organization, which provides applied behavioral analysis (ABA) therapy to individuals of all ages, operates 10 locations in Arizona, including the […]

Movers & Shakers: Odyssey Behavioral Healthcare Hires COO; Promises Behavioral Health’s New Marketing Chief

Odyssey Behavioral Healthcare names new president, COO Brentwood, Tennessee-based Odyssey Behavioral Healthcare, which provides a variety of treatment services at centers in seven states, has named Richard Clark as president and COO. Clark has more than 30 years of experience in health care, most recently serving as president of the Western Group for Franklin, Tennessee-based […]

MAT with Buprenorphine, Methadone Superior to Other OUD Treatments in Preventing Overdoses

Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) with buprenorphine or methadone is the gold standard for treating individuals with opioid use disorder (OUD), a new study suggests. Compared to other methods of treatment, researchers discovered that when buprenorphine or methadone are administered to individuals with OUD as part of their MAT regimen, they are less likely to experience an […]

In the Pipeline: Banner Health Opens New Clinic; Providers Prep for Groundbreakings

Opened Banner Health opens new Colorado unit Phoenix-based health care nonprofit Banner Health has opened a new behavioral health unit in Loveland, Colorado, in the northern part of the state. The 17-bed outpatient facility, which serves adults ages 55 and older, is located at McKee Medical Center on the hospital’s second floor. McKee is also […]

Boulder Care Announces $10.5M in Series A Funding

Boulder Care, a digital startup that coordinates treatment services for individuals struggling with opioid use disorder (OUD), has announced $10.5 million in Series A funding. In a blog post last week on Medium, Boulder co-founder and CEO Stephanie Papes announced the funding and that the company has enlisted Greycroft Partners and Tusk Ventures to provide […]

Snapchat Announces New Mental Health Tool, Considers Partnerships with Providers

Social media platform Snapchat, which allows users to send videos and photos that disappear shortly after they’re opened, will soon roll out a new mental health feature. While many details surrounding the feature, called Here For You, remain fuzzy, the tool could create new opportunities for behavioral health providers, a spokesperson for the platform’s parent […]

New Educational Initiative Aims to Boost Psychiatric Care Workforce

The demand for behavioral health services nationwide these days is strong, with more than half of Americans seeking assistance for themselves or loved ones. However, the supply of clinicians is not keeping up with the demand for services. In California, where a shortage of behavioral health care workers has made national news in recent years, […]

Transactions & Financings: Mystery Provider Signs Lease on New Headquarters; Autism Acquisitions

Acorn Health acquires Autism University Autism Services of Michigan (ACM), an Acorn Health company based in Traverse City, is joining forces with another Wolverine State provider, Macomb-based Autism University. Under the deal, Autism University will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Acorn Health. Financial terms were not disclosed. Acorn Health operates five autism services companies specializing […]

Medication-Assisted Treatment Provider Shortage Hitting Rural Areas Hardest

Providers might have an easier time than in years past when it comes to getting approval to offer medication-assisted treatment (MAT) to individuals dealing with opioid addiction. Nonetheless, geographical barriers remain a significant impediment to those services being dispensed on a wider scale, especially in rural communities. These are the findings of a new report […]