New Program Aims to Equip Doctors With Autism Specialty Training

Individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have unique health needs beyond receiving therapeutic interventions such as applied behavior analysis (ABA). However, relatively few medical providers are equipped to meet those needs, despite the fact that the one in 59 children is diagnosed with ASD, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Thomas […]

New Vista CEO to Retire, Search Begins for Replacement

New Vista announced the retirement of Paul Beatrice as its CEO. Based in Lexington, Kentucky, the company is one of the largest behavioral health providers in the state and offers more than 106 programs in 55 locations. Beatrice took over as CEO in February 2014 and saw staff increase 53% to more than 2,000 workers, […]

Behavioral Health Network Names Next Chief As CEO Announces Retirement

Katherine Wilson, who has been the only CEO of Springfield, Massachusetts-based Behavioral Health Network (BHN) since its formation in 1992, has announced that she will retire from the organization in June. Steven Winn, who has been with BHN since 1995 and has served as its chief operating officer since 2017, will become the organization’s new […]

Movers & Shakers: NuWay House Creates More VP Positions; New Directors at Origins, Laurel Place

Maryland health system names new behavioral health director The University of Maryland Shore Regional Health (UM Shore), which serves patients on the state’s Eastern Shore, has named Patricia Thompson as its behavioral health director. Thompson’s duties include leading UM Shore’s inpatient behavioral health unit, intensive outpatient program, bridge clinic, behavioral health response team and substance […]

Connections Community Support Programs Names Interim CEO

Connections Community Support Programs, which is Delaware’s largest provider of behavioral health services, has named Chief Operating Officer William Northey as its interim CEO. Williams, who joined Connections in 2017, succeeds Catherine McKay, who announced her retirement last October. Based in Wilmington, Delaware, Connections operates more than 100 facilities offering behavioral health and substance abuse […]

Great Circle Names New President, CEO

St. Louis-based Great Circle, one of the Midwest’s largest behavioral health nonprofits, has named a new president and CEO. Paula Fleming — who has served as the organization’s interim president and CEO since May — was appointed to the positions earlier this month following a nationwide search. Great Circles has more than 20 locations across […]

Alaska Psychiatric Institute Names Interim CEO

The Alaska Psychiatric Institute (API) has a new interim CEO. The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) appointed Noel Rea to the position earlier this month. She brings 30 years of experience, which includes being a senior director at NetworxHealth and serving as an interim CEO for several other Alaska hospitals.  Anchorage, Alaska-based […]

AAC Names New CEO

AAC Holdings (AAC) — which experienced a tumultuous 2019 following personnel changes and a delisting from the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) — has announced the promotion of Andrew McWilliams to CEO.  AAC is the parent company of American Addiction Centers. McWilliams has been with Brentwood, Tennessee-based AAC since 2014, when he was hired as […]

RWJBarnabas Hires SVP of Behavioral Health, Addiction Treatment

West Orange, New Jersey-based RWJBarnabas Health, which operates a number of independent health care providers throughout the state, has named Frank Ghinassi as senior vice president of its behavioral health and addictions service line.  Ghinassi comes to the position from Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care (UBHC), where he has been president and CEO since 2016. […]

UnityPlace Behavioral Health Services Gets New President

Des Moines, Iowa-based UnityPoint Health, which provides medical and behavioral health services in various locations throughout the Hawkeye State, Illinois and Wisconsin, has appointed Ted Bender to lead UnityPlace Behavioral Health Services. Bender took over as president of the Peoria, Illinois-based nonprofit organization effective January 2. Offering inpatient and outpatient behavioral health services as well […]