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 […]

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 […]

Lyra Health Raises $75M in Latest Funding Round

Burlingame, California-based Lyra Health, a behavioral health benefits provider for employers, has raised $75 million in its latest funding round, the company announced Wednesday. The Series C funding round was led by IVP, a late-stage venture capital and growth equity firm. Existing funders and new investor Meritech Capital Partners also contributed. The new money supplements […]

Digital Apps Can Help Yield Better Outcomes for Eating Disorder Patients

Patients recovering from eating disorders may benefit when traditional treatment is supplemented with the use of apps, a new study reports. The results, which were published by the American Journal of Psychiatry, could be of interest to eating disorder recovery providers looking for assistance in delivering better patient outcomes. For the study, researchers followed 225 […]

Telehealth OUD Treatment Just as Effective for Pregnant Women as In-Person Assistance

As telehealth services become a more widely available and accepted form of treatment, providers may find it useful in treating pregnant women battling opioid use disorder (OUD). In fact, OUD telemedicine treatment can be just as productive and successful as treatment patients might otherwise get in a clinic, new findings suggest. The study was published […]