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 […]

In the Pipeline: New Mental Health VA Clinic; Detox Center Gets Green Light

Opened Eleanor Health opens new North Carolina center Waltham, Massachusetts-based Eleanor Health, a provider of addiction treatment services for opioids and other substances, recently opened its fourth North Carolina location in Hickory. The new location will provide services both at its outpatient facility and in patients’ homes. Six more Eleanor locations are planned in North […]

Community Health Workers Save Money, Improve Outcomes By Tackling Social and Behavioral Needs

By addressing social determinants of health and coordinating care, community health workers help save Medicaid payers significant amounts of money, while also leading to better overall outcomes for patients, a new study asserts. The findings could reasonably be applied to behavioral health providers. By offering preventative care to address social factors, the study suggests organizations […]

Movers & Shakers: New CEO at State Behavioral Hospital; Northpoint Taps Regional Medical Director

New Hampshire Hospital names new CEO Heather Moquin has been appointed CEO of New Hampshire Hospital, the state’s only psychiatric hospital, which is located in Concord. Moquin, who was promoted after serving more than two years as the hospital’s chief operating officer, succeeds Lori Shibinette, who has been picked to lead the state’s health and […]

In the Pipeline: UHS, HonorHealth Break Ground; New Autism Facilities in Several States

Coming Soon HonorHealth, UHS break ground on new facility HonorHealth and Universal Health Services (NYSE:UHS) have begun construction on a new 120-bed behavioral health facility in Scottsdale, Arizona. HonorHealth is a non-profit, community healthcare system serving the greater Phoenix area, while King of Prussia, Pennsylvania-based UHS is one of the largest behavioral health providers in […]

Behavioral Health Network Names Next Chief As CEO Announces Retirement

Katherine Wilson, who has been the only CEO of Springfield, Massachusetts-based Behavioral Health Network (BHN) since its formation in 1992, has announced that she will retire from the organization in June. Steven Winn, who has been with BHN since 1995 and has served as its chief operating officer since 2017, will become the organization’s new […]