Mental Health ED Visits on Rise, Especially Among Younger Demographics

More children and young adults with mental health issues are seeking assistance at emergency departments (EDs) nationwide, new research concludes. The findings underscore the need for pediatric behavioral health providers.The study, which was published in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine, was conducted by a team of researchers from the University of Southern California (USC) […]

Medicaid Expansion Associated with Fewer Fatal Opioid Overdoses

Medicaid expansion could be credited with saving the lives of thousands from opioid overdoses, researchers assert in a new study. In fact, states that adopted Medicaid expansion between 2014 and 2016 recorded fewer opioid-related deaths than states that did not, according to results published by JAMA Network Open. Medicaid expansion was born out of the […]

AAC Names New CEO

AAC Holdings (AAC) — which experienced a tumultuous 2019 following personnel changes and a delisting from the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) — has announced the promotion of Andrew McWilliams to CEO.  AAC is the parent company of American Addiction Centers. McWilliams has been with Brentwood, Tennessee-based AAC since 2014, when he was hired as […]

In the Pipeline: Retreat Behavioral Health’s New Territory; Plans for New Tennessee Hospital

Coming soon Montana children’s hospital opens behavioral health clinic Helena, Montana-based Shodair Children’s Hospital is opening a new mental health clinic in February in Missoula. The new clinic is located at the Community Medical Center. A staff of roughly 10 will work at the facility, which will primarily offer telepsychiatry services, according to The Missoulian. […]

RWJBarnabas Hires SVP of Behavioral Health, Addiction Treatment

West Orange, New Jersey-based RWJBarnabas Health, which operates a number of independent health care providers throughout the state, has named Frank Ghinassi as senior vice president of its behavioral health and addictions service line.  Ghinassi comes to the position from Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care (UBHC), where he has been president and CEO since 2016. […]

In the Pipeline: CleanSlate, SaVida’s New Clinics; UHS’ Oregon Hospital Proposal

Opened CleanSlate Centers opens new Wisconsin location CleanSlate Centers, a Nashville-based provider of outpatient alcohol and opioid addiction treatment services, has opened a new location in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, bringing its number of facilities in the state up to 13. Overall, CleanSlate operates facilities in 11 states, nine of which are east of the Mississippi River. […]

Alcohol-Related Deaths Have Doubled in Past 20 Years

Rates of alcohol-related deaths among Americans have roughly doubled in the past 20 years, with women accounting for a considerable portion of the spike, new research shows. Despite the national focus on fighting the opioid epidemic, the findings suggest that there’s still work to be done when it comes to alcohol addiction. The study was […]

UnityPlace Behavioral Health Services Gets New President

Des Moines, Iowa-based UnityPoint Health, which provides medical and behavioral health services in various locations throughout the Hawkeye State, Illinois and Wisconsin, has appointed Ted Bender to lead UnityPlace Behavioral Health Services. Bender took over as president of the Peoria, Illinois-based nonprofit organization effective January 2. Offering inpatient and outpatient behavioral health services as well […]