Transactions: The Columbus Organization’s Florida Foothold; Discovery Behavioral Health’s Rapid Acquisitions

The Columbus Organization Acquires Progressive Journey Group The Columbus Organization, an Indianapolis-based provider of services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), has announced its acquisition of Orlando, Florida-based Progressive Journey Group. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The Columbus Organization has more than 30 years of experience serving people with IDD […]

New Research Makes Case for Female-Focused Opioid Treatment Programs

Opioid users with traumatic childhood experiences could be best served with treatment options specifically tailored to their gender, new research asserts. The findings could help inform how behavioral health providers offer services going forward.   The study — recently published by the scientific journal Addictive Behaviors — makes the case that women could especially benefit from […]

As Mental Health of Older Adults Worsens, Behavioral Health Providers Feel Strain

Medical advances are helping Americans live longer than ever before. While some might equate that with better health, new research suggests that’s not always the case, especially when it comes to behavioral health. In fact, the mental health of older Americans is declining, according to a new study published in JAMA’s Network Open, putting more […]

UnitedHealth Group Temporarily Avoids Parity Lawsuit

UnitedHealth Group avoided a parity fight Monday, when a California federal judge dismissed a lawsuit claiming the insurer unfairly denied a man his right to receive coverage for addiction treatment. However, the insurer isn’t in the clear just yet, according to Law 360. The class action suit, originally filed last July, stated that the lead […]

Medical Hospital Creates, Fills New Behavioral Health Director Position

Cleveland’s St. Vincent Charity Medical Center, the city’s sole downtown hospital, has created a new position — chief clinical officer of behavioral health and addiction medicine — and hired Michael Biscaro to fill the role. Biscaro, who officially started Monday, comes from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Northeast Ohio Healthcare System, where he […]

Speech Pathology Group Announces Buyout of Comprehensive Autism Center

Add Comprehensive Autism Centers (CAC) to the list of investments in Ridgemont Equity Partners’ portfolio. Walnut Creek, California-based speech therapy provider Speech Pathology Group (SPG) has reached a deal to acquire CAC, a Southern California-based autism services provider of applied behavioral analysis (ABA) therapies. Ridgemont — a Charlotte, North Carolina-based middle market private equity firm […]

‘Rehab Mogul’ Pleads No Contest in $175M Billing Scheme; Outpatient Mental Health Provider Settles False Claims Suit

The one-time owner of more than a dozen Los Angeles-area substance abuse treatment centers has been indicted on charges he operated a massive $175 million billing scheme. Robert Bathum, who has called himself the “Rehab Mogul,” pleaded no contest Monday in Los Angeles County Superior Court to 14 felony counts of grand theft, insurance fraud, […]

Worsening Behavioral Health Workforce Shortage Poses Persistent Threat to Providers

The stigma surrounding mental health and addiction assistance isn’t what it once was when it comes to people seeking treatment. Nonetheless, obstacles remain for many who need help — and the behavioral health providers who want to assist them. One such obstacle is the continued shortage of qualified and licensed professionals in the field, which […]