5 Mental Health Companies to Watch in 2023

With macroeconomic headwinds leading to declining valuations and less M&A activity, the mental health space is at a crossroads. The notoriously fragmented industry is still prime for maturation, but many companies are facing growing pains. Several companies that came onto the public market during the 2021 boom year are struggling to keep up with investor […]

Acadia Names Walgreens, Aetna Vet Heather Dixon Its Next CFO

Behavioral health giant Acadia Healthcare Company (Nasdaq: ACHC) has named Walgreens and Aetna vet Heather Dixon its new chief financial officer. This comes as David Duckworth announced he would leave the position after over a decade. As CFO, Dixon is tasked with supporting Acadia in its long-term growth plan to diversify its services and revenue. […]

Lawmakers Sound Alarm on Lack of Transparency, Quality at Youth Residential Treatment Programs

Federal lawmakers have introduced new legislation calling for more oversight and data transparency from institutional youth treatment programs. U.S. Representatives Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) and Earl Carter (R-Ga.) introduced a version of the legislation to the House, while Senators Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.), Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), and Susan Collins (R-Maine) […]

Embark CEO: Time, Evidence Are First Steps to Building Trust with Payers

Pediatric behavioral health provider Embark Behavioral Health has its sights set on growing its outpatient treatment footprint. But along the way, it refuses to put quantity over quality in its pursuits. This comes as demand for pediatric behavioral health services is at an all-time high, with rates of depression and anxiety among children and teens […]

Inside Sheppard Pratt’s Decades-Long Value-Based Care Journey

Legacy nonprofit behavioral health provider Sheppard Pratt is a veteran of value-based care contracting. The Baltimore-based organization, which offers everything from inpatient services to special education schools, got into value-based care contracting roughly 25 years ago when the state of Maryland approached the provider. The state acknowledged that it struggled to care for a specific […]

How Value-Based Care Could Transform Serious Mental Illness Treatment

It’s no secret that patients with serious mental illnesses (SMIs) are costly to care for and have significantly worse outcomes than their peers. But value-based care models could enable providers to get creative in caring for these patients, leading to better outcomes and lower costs. Specifically, the value-focused model could allow providers to use wrap-around […]

Acadia CEO: More Tech Will Pump Up Referrals, Entice Payers

Acadia Healthcare Company Inc.’s (Nasdaq: ACHC) technology could lead to better integration across its business lines. This, in turn, could translate into added value for the company in two key ways, according to CEO Chris Hunter. Those areas are better internal referral practices and stronger negotiating positions with payers, including value-based care considerations.  “Less than […]

As Behavioral Health Valuations Dip, Acadia Plans Expansion into Under-Bedded Markets

Acadia Healthcare Company Inc. (Nasdaq: ACHC) is eyeing further M&A activity and de novo expansion in 2023. With the former, the behavioral health provider anticipates taking advantage of falling valuations as well. Generally, the Tennessee-based Acadia is doubling down on its five-pillar growth strategy. In addition to M&A and de novos, the strategy includes facility […]

Consonance Capital Partners Acquires Majority Stake in Youth-Focused Embark Behavioral Health

Youth behavioral health provider Embark Behavioral Health has received a significant investment from the private equity firm Consonance Capital Partners. As part of the deal, Consonance Capital Partners took a controlling stake in the company. The new capital will set Embark Behavioral Health up for an ambitious growth strategy, multiple sources familiar with the investment […]

Why REITs Could Be the ‘Knight in Shining Armor’ for Behavioral Health Investors, Operators

Partnering with real estate investment trusts (REITs) could be a major opportunity for certain behavioral health operators. That’s the case Sabra Health Care REIT (Nasdaq: SBRA) Chief Investment Officer Talya Nevo-Hacohen made during a panel chat at Behavioral Health Business event INVEST. Specifically, sponsor-backed operators that are dependent on a facility could be a good […]