Tele-Supervision Platform Designed to Help Therapists Get Licensed Raises $2.2M

Motivo, a tele-supervision platform that helps mental health workers get licenced, has raised $2.2 million in seed funding. Atlanta-based Cox Enterprises led the funding round, with participation from Techstars, SEI Ventures, ECMC, Great Oaks VC, The Jump Fund, Emmett Partners and Next Wave Impact Fund, along with various angel investors, according to a press release […]

Where Telehealth Fails to Address Psychiatrist Shortage, Collaborative Care Can Help

Telehealth is often lauded as the answer to a common problem plaguing many sectors within the health care industry: a shortage of qualified workers. That’s especially true in behavioral health care, where treatment doesn’t always require a physical examination. In fact, behavioral health care often dominates the telemedicine field. Take Michigan, for example: NPR reported […]

Presidential Hopeful Kamala Harris Unveils Plan for Mental Health Reform 

Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris has unveiled a new plan to reform mental health treatment. If passed, it could lead to new opportunities and higher reimbursement rates for behavioral health providers. The plan aims to double the number of mental health treatment beds nationwide, remove the institutions for mental disease (IMD) exclusion, increase the availability […]

Telehealth Access for Behavioral Health Expands, But Regulatory Issues Remain

Telehealth services are becoming increasingly accessible for behavioral health providers and the patients they serve. However, regulatory barriers continue to prevent the technology from becoming more widespread. All 50 states and the District of Columbia now provide some degree of coverage for telehealth services for their Medicaid members, according to the latest Telemental Health Laws […]

Worsening Behavioral Health Workforce Shortage Poses Persistent Threat to Providers

The stigma surrounding mental health and addiction assistance isn’t what it once was when it comes to people seeking treatment. Nonetheless, obstacles remain for many who need help — and the behavioral health providers who want to assist them. One such obstacle is the continued shortage of qualified and licensed professionals in the field, which […]

American Well to Buy Virtual Behavioral Health Provider Aligned Telehealth

Telehealth giant American Well has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Aligned Telehealth, which specializes in virtual behavioral health services.  Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Boston-based American Well is a global telehealth platform provider. It’s solutions are used by more than 160 health systems and 55 health plans, and they support […]

Florida Behavioral Health Center Closes Abruptly Following Financial Problems

A psychiatric hospital in southeast Florida serving low-income and uninsured patients abruptly shut its doors earlier this month, according to The Palm Beach Post. The move potentially leaves hundreds of patients without access to care. The West Palm Beach-based Jerome Golden Center for Behavioral Health closed Oct. 18 following financial troubles — specifically a bankruptcy […]

Behavioral Health Startup Octave Raises $11M

Behavioral health startup Octave has raised $11 million in Series A funding. That brings the San Francisco-based company’s total raised up to $14 million, according to the online startup fundraising tracker Crunchbase. The investment round was led by New York-based private equity firm Greycroft, with money also coming from San Francisco-based venture capital firm Obvious […]