‘Interest in CCBHCs Has Absolutely Ballooned’: As Application Process Begins, Behavioral Health Model Nears Critical Juncture

The Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) model – one of the nation’s biggest investments in expanding and sustaining behavioral health services, according to some experts – is at a critical chapter in its story. Broadly, a CCBHC is a specially designated clinic that offers a range of behavioral health services, from mental health crisis […]

DOJ Finds Nevada Violated ADA, Unnecessarily Institutionalized Children with BH Disabilities

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) determined that the State of Nevada violates the civil rights of children with behavioral health disabilities by failing to provide enough community-based services. The DOJ’s investigation found many children are placed inappropriately in institutional settings in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. “Because of deficiencies in its community-based […]

White House Invests $1.6B in Community Programs Combating Overdose Crisis

The Biden administration is looking to curb opioid use disorder in the U.S. with more than $1.6 billion of investment into community programs addressing the addiction and overdose crisis. This is part of the White House’s larger strategy to prioritize behavioral health in its national agenda. The administration will put $1.5 billion towards bolstering access […]

Why Behavioral Health Is Driving Population Health Strategies at Cityblock, Boston Medical Center, Eleanor Health

Following the pandemic, there has been a renewed interest in behavioral health from public health agencies and the medical community at large. Historically, behavioral health has been a side note in population health strategies. But a new emphasis on integrated, holistic care, coupled with advancing data collection capabilities, could drive behavioral health to be a […]

Alphabet’s Venture Arm GV Eyes Brick-and-Mortar SMI Investments

GV, previously Google Ventures, has been an active investor in behavioral health over the last decade. The firm is now eying serious mental illness (SMI) and value-based care as its next frontier. In 2021, digital mental health companies raised $5.5 billion in venture dollars – an unprecedented amount. Yet historically, the bulk of digital health […]

5 Serious Mental Illness Companies to Watch in 2022 and Beyond

Serious mental illnesses (SMIs) are extremely costly and can lead to negative health outcomes, a fact that makes this corner of the behavioral health world ripe for innovation. Specializing in SMI treatment, however, comes with a number of high-stakes challenges. SMIs – conditions such as schizophrenia, severe bipolar disorder and major depression – impact roughly […]

Sweetser CEO on Nonprofit Behavioral Health Care: ‘If You Don’t Have a Margin, You Don’t Have a Mission’

With experience in both the private and public sector, Jayne Van Bramer is now tasked with leading Maine’s largest nonprofit health system: Sweetser. The newly minted president and CEO spent the bulk of her career working with the New York State Office of Mental Health. There, she served as the senior associate commissioner for state-operated […]

[Updated] Gun Reform Bill Calls for $2.16B in New Mental Health Funding, Nationwide CCBHC Expansion

Editor’s note, June 24, 2022: On Friday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 234-193, with 14 Republicans joining all House Democrats, to approve the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act. Biden is expected to sign the bill into law. The new U.S. gun reform framework proposes to allocate $2.16 billion to mental health initiatives and expand certified […]

Gun Deal Pushes for Mental Health Investments, Expansion of CCBHC Model

Lawmakers in the gridlocked U.S. Senate announced a framework for legislation meant to address public mass shootings in schools while also building upon the nation’s mental health foundation. Announced on Sunday, the proposed plan would enact certain gun-reform policies and pave the way for several mental health- and school safety-related efforts. Ultimately, the goal would […]