Movers & Shakers: LifeStance Fills New C-Suite Role; Ashley Addiction Treatment Hires VP of Engagement

LifeStance Health creates, fills new C-Suite position LifeStance Health, a private equity-backed outpatient behavioral health provider, has named Felicia Gorcyca as its first chief people officer. Gorcyca comes to LifeStance Health from TPG Capital — a Dallas-based private equity company that backs LifeStance alongside Summit Partners and Silversmith Capital Partners — where she was an […]

Financial Strain Has 40% of Mental Health, SUD Treatment Organizations Facing Closure

Behavioral health providers have long struggled with low reimbursement rates and slim margins, and the coronavirus only compounded those problems. As a result, a large number of American mental health and addiction treatment organizations could be forced to shut their doors if they don’t get more federal relief, the National Council for Behavioral Health found […]

How Behavioral Providers Can Revamp Recruitment, Retention to Ease Workforce Shortages

Behavioral health providers lament the problem all the time: There just aren’t enough workers to keep up with the growing demand for services. Low reimbursement rates and slim operating margins are a big part of the problem because they hinder providers’ ability to pay competitive wages. The consensus among providers is that higher reimbursement rates […]

Hazelden Betty Ford Names First Non-White CEO, Aims to Improve Organizational Diversity

Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation — the nation’s largest nonprofit substance use disorder (SUD) treatment provider — has named its first non-white president and CEO. Joseph Lee, a 45-year-old, South Korean-born doctor, has been promoted into the position and this summer will take over for current leader Mark G. Mishek, who is retiring after 13 years […]

Movers & Shakers: Biden Picks Leader for CMS; New CEOs at Alsana, Tempest

Biden picks new head of CMS President Biden has tapped Chiquita Brooks-LaSure to run the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), according to various media reports. As of Friday afternoon, Biden had yet to announce the news. Brooks-LaSure’s appointment to the position is contingent upon the Senate confirming her nomination. CMS oversees Medicare and […]

Battery Ventures Launches Software Platform for Behavioral Health Providers

Battery Ventures, a global investment firm with a background funding health care startups, has announced the creation of a new technology platform to help behavioral health and human services providers improve their operational efficiencies. The new company, Behavioral Holdings, is a cloud-based software platform designed for mental health centers and special education organizations, as well […]

Former Dialysis CEO Takes the Reins of Community Psychiatry, Eyes Nationwide Expansion

In the past month, Community Psychiatry, a California-based provider of outpatient behavioral health services, has completely revamped its executive team. New private equity ownership has brought aboard a new chief growth officer, a new COO, a new CFO and, most importantly, a new chief executive to transform the company from a regional provider into one […]

RCA Unveils Push to Hire Nearly 700 Behavioral Health Workers

Recovery Centers of America (RCA) announced plans Wednesday to fill nearly 700 positions across six states. Based in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, RCA is a substance use disorder (SUD) treatment provider with 10 inpatient treatment centers, eight outpatient facilities and five opioid treatment programs across Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Indiana and Chicagoland. The positions […]

Centerstone Launches Simulation Training Institute to Professionalize Behavioral Health, Improve Patient Care

Centerstone has launched a new simulation training center for community-based behavioral health professionals, with the goal being to further professionalize the industry and better prepare clinicians for the job. Currently, the not-for-profit behavioral health system is only deploying the program internally and on a contract basis, but it plans to roll out a larger commercialization […]

Movers & Shakers: Community Psychiatry’s New CEO; Quit Genius, BehaVR Add Leadership Positions

California behavioral provider names CEO Sacramento, California-based Community Psychiatry, an outpatient behavioral health provider, has named Christopher Brengard as its CEO. He replaces outgoing CEO Ken Kelly. Community Psychiatry has more than 40 locations across the state of California, where it provides mental health services. Before joining the company, Brengard most recently served as chairman […]