Movers & Shakers: Odyssey Behavioral Healthcare Hires COO; Promises Behavioral Health’s New Marketing Chief

Odyssey Behavioral Healthcare names new president, COO Brentwood, Tennessee-based Odyssey Behavioral Healthcare, which provides a variety of treatment services at centers in seven states, has named Richard Clark as president and COO. Clark has more than 30 years of experience in health care, most recently serving as president of the Western Group for Franklin, Tennessee-based […]

Digital Substance Abuse Treatment Startups Captivate Investors, Payers

In America today, the need for more substance use disorder (SUD) interventions is clear. In 2017, more than 70,000 people died from drug overdoses, and the alcohol-related death rate was twice what it was 20 years earlier. Those statistics don’t include nearly 20 million others who did not die but still battled SUD that year. […]

Behavioral Health Leaders Urge Congress to Expand CCBHC Medicaid Demonstration

Dozens of behavioral health organizations are urging Congress to expand the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) Medicaid demonstration, which is set to expire May 22.  In a letter released Tuesday, 60 stakeholders asked lawmakers to extend the demonstration for the eight states currently participating and expands the program to nearly a dozen more states. […]

UHS Behavioral Health President ‘Willing to Lead Differently,’ Set New Collaboration Standard

As 2020 kicks off, so does the beginning of Matt Peterson’s first full calendar year with Universal Health Services (NYSE: UHS). Peterson joined the hospital management behemoth last September, when he was named president of the company’s behavioral health division and executive vice president of UHS as a whole. With a background in finance, managed […]

Boulder Care Announces $10.5M in Series A Funding

Boulder Care, a digital startup that coordinates treatment services for individuals struggling with opioid use disorder (OUD), has announced $10.5 million in Series A funding. In a blog post last week on Medium, Boulder co-founder and CEO Stephanie Papes announced the funding and that the company has enlisted Greycroft Partners and Tusk Ventures to provide […]

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, […]

Programming Note: BHB Holiday Weekend Schedule

Thank you for reading Behavioral Health Business. If you like our coverage, be sure to subscribe to our newsletter, which delivers the latest industry updates and breaking news directly to your inbox. BHB’s Chicago headquarters will be closed on Monday, February 17 in observance of Presidents’ Day. Our normal posting schedule and daily email will resume […]

MHCA CEO: Endurance Key For Behavioral Health Providers Sailing into 2020

Behavioral health providers are notoriously mission-driven, sometimes at the expense of being business-minded enough to remain financially viable. Additionally, they’ve been historically siloed. Tallahassee, Florida-based MHCA has been trying to tackle those industry weaknesses and others since its founding back in 1985. Sailing into the choppy behavioral health waters of 2020, that mission remains. Formerly […]