Optum-Backed Refresh Mental Health Acquires CARE Counseling

Optum-owned Refresh Mental Health has acquired fast-growing outpatient mental health provider CARE Counseling, according to several sources close to the matter. The deal marks the second Optum-affiliated outpatient mental health acquisition in the last few years. In 2022, Optum acquired what was ostensibly the second-largest outpatient mental health company: Jacksonville Beach, Florida-based Refresh Mental Health. […]

Acadia Executes 3 New Acquisitions, Fueling 2024 Growth Strategy

Behavioral health operator Acadia Healthcare (Nasdaq: ACHC) is executing its strategic M&A plan for 2024 with the announcement of three new acquisitions.  Franklin, Tennessee-based Acadia acquired three comprehensive treatment centers (CTCs) in North Carolina, bringing its number of CTC locations in the state to 10. The treatment centers combine behavioral therapy and medications for opioid […]

How Federal Probe Into Private Equity’s Health Care Role Could Impact Behavioral Health Deals

Federal agencies may be cracking down on private equity investment in health care, which could have implications for behavioral health dealmaking in the future. In early March, the Federal Trade Commission, the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Antitrust Division, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services launched a new investigation into private equity and […]

UpHealth Sells Cloudbreak Health for $180M, Accelerates Focus on Addiction Treatment

UpHealth Inc. (OTCMKT: UPHL) is one step closer to becoming a dedicated behavioral health company with the sale of a technology asset for $180 million. On March 15, the Delray Beach, Florida-based company completed the sale of its medical translation entity, Cloudbreak Health, to Chicago-based private equity firm GTCR LLC. Cloudbreak is headquartered in Columbus, […]

IOPs, PHPs Were Bright Spots Amid 2023’s Behavioral Health M&A Slowdown

While behavioral health dealmaking remained soft in 2023, one sector completed a record number of deals last year. Seventeen deals were completed in the outpatient partial hospitalization program (PHP), intensive outpatient program (IOP) and counseling sectors. Outpatient SUD treatment has become more popular because it is more affordable for patients and payers and easier for […]

PE Firms HCAP Partners, Hamilton Lane Fuse Three Companies to Make PAX Health

San Diego-based private equity firm HCAP Partners and two health care executives have launched a new platform company named PAX Health. The move merges Behavioral Medicine Associates (BMA), Workers Compensation Psychological Network (WCPN) and Reservoir Health under PAX Health. Hamilton Lane (Nasdaq: HLNE) managed funds enabled the deal, according to a news release. The terms […]

Behavioral Health Provider UpLift Branches Out to Colleges With Acquisition of TAO

Higher education institutions have increasingly sought partnerships with behavioral health providers to address the stresses of college, spurring an influx of mental health companies taking advantage of the opportunity. Digital mental health provider UpLift is the latest to diversify into the higher education space. The company acquired TAO Connect, an online platform with mental health […]

Beacon Behavioral Partners Adds 9 New Clinics

Beacon Behavioral Partners announced it will expand further into the Southeastern U.S. by acquiring nine new partner clinics. Latticework Capital-backed Beacon Behavioral Partners is a network of psychiatric practices. It has locations in Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi and Texas. Beacon’s partnership model offers physicians equity ownership in the company and clinical autonomy. The network offers to […]

Investors Pursue Behavioral Health Platform Deals After Tumultuous 2023

After a year of reckoning, the behavioral health industry is set up to see platform deals return to the market. In 2023, behavioral health dealmaking was down by roughly 30% year-over-year. This slowdown was partly due to macroeconomic trends, including inflation, high interest rates and the conflicts in Eastern Europe and the Middle East. The […]

Behavioral Health Provider Turnbridge Pursues Sale, Promotes $15M EBITDA 

Behavioral health operator Turnbridge is in talks to sell, touting about $15 million of EBITDA. Turnbridge, which provides mental health and substance use disorder (SUD) care, is pursuing a sale of the company, according to Axios. Investment banking firm Raymond James was hired to lead the sale, sources say.  New Haven, Connecticut-based Turnbridge offers gender-specific […]