Addiction Treatment Providers Navigate Struggles, Present Solutions in Light of COVID-19

While it’s relatively easy to deliver mental health counseling remotely using telehealth, addiction treatment providers face more unique challenges in light of COVID-19. For those in substance use disorder (SUD) recovery, in-person touch points are especially important. Social contact helps reduce a person’s risk of relapse, and many people with SUD rely on the assistance […]

Practical Preparedness Tips for Behavioral Health Providers Amid COVID-19

Behavioral health providers come in all different shapes and sizes, with business models varying greatly depending what population a provider serves. But currently, everyone in the industry shares a universal problem: figuring out how to best protect patients from COVID-19 while continuing to provide them with the essential behavioral health services they need. Providers must […]

American Psychological Association Urges States, Insurers to Remove Telehealth Roadblocks During COVID-19 Crisis

The American Psychological Association (APA) is asking states and insurers to temporarily remove roadblocks that make it harder for mental health providers to offer telehealth services. Doing so is especially important in light of COVID-19, the APA says. “This is an extraordinary public health crisis with vast and unpredictable implications for the nation’s mental health,” […]

Quit Genius Scores $11 Million in Latest Funding Round

Quit Genius, a San Francisco-based digital provider of addiction treatment services, has raised $11 million in Series A funding, the company recently announced. The money brings the company’s total funding raised up to $13.6 million, according to the fundraising tracking website Crunchbase. The round was led by British venture capital firm Octopus Ventures. Founded in […]

Providers Get Creative to Address Worsening Behavioral Workforce Shortage Amid COVID-19

The nation’s behavioral health care workforce shortage has been well documented for years and is only expected to worsen over the next decade. Now, the shortfall has become even more pronounced amid COVID-19. Prior to the pandemic, 56% of Americans were seeking behavioral health assistance for themselves or loved ones, according to research co-conducted by […]

Business Booms for Digital Behavioral Health Companies Amid COVID-19

There’s no doubt about it: The coronavirus is boosting the demand for behavioral health care. That’s especially true for services that can be delivered virtually, due to how easily COVID-19 can be spread.   While traditional providers have been scrambling to move to remote models and keep up with ever-changing telehealth regulations, digital behavioral health providers […]

Citing Coronavirus, Acadia Suspends Sale of UK Business

In light of COVID-19, Acadia Healthcare (Nasdaq: ACHC) has temporarily suspended the sale of its U.K. business. Executives previously hinted proceeds from the sale would be used to help grow the U.S. arm of the business. While interest from potential buyers remains strong, the Franklin, Tennessee-based behavioral health provider will pause the sales process until […]

COVID-19 Regulatory Changes Let Behavioral Providers Remotely Prescribe Meds, Use Tablets for Telehealth

The Trump administration continues to loosen health care regulations in an attempt to better equip providers to deal with COVID-19. For the behavioral health industry, the newfound flexibilities make it much easier for providers to deliver comprehensive telehealth services. Due to the crisis, the government is looking past certain HIPAA rules, allowing providers to deliver […]

Lyra Health Partners with Starbucks to Provide Mental Health Benefits to Employees

Mental health benefits manager Lyra Health will provide all Starbucks (Nasdaq: SBUX) employees and eligible family members with up to 20 sessions per year with therapists and coaches starting April 6. The Seattle-based coffee giant announced the move Monday. All sessions will be free of charge to users. Burlingame, California-based Lyra provides similar services to […]