Funding for Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics Extended

Certified community behavioral health clinics (CCBHCs) will continue to receive funding through at least Dec. 20, thanks to a temporary government spending bill President Donald Trump signed Thursday. National Council for Behavioral Health president and CEO Chuck Ingoglia lauded the move as life-saving for the thousands of people who rely on CCBHCs for care.  “CCBHCs […]

SaVida Health Opens New Virginia Facility

SaVida Health has opened a new outpatient treatment facility in Abingdon, Virginia. SaVida provides outpatient medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for drug and alcohol use disorders. The company operates at least 18 treatment centers across five states, including Vermont, Massachusetts, Ohio, Virginia and Delaware. The new center, which will serve communities in Southwest Virginia, marks SaVida’s fifth […]

Disparities Widening in Coverage of Behavioral Health Care Versus Physical Health Care

U.S. employees are far more likely to go out of network and see lower reimbursement for behavioral health services than for physical health services. Despite a nationwide push for parity, those equality gaps are widening, according to a new study. The report — published by Seattle-based actuarial and consulting firm Milliman Inc. and commissioned by […]

M&A Advisor: With Highest Multiples in Behavioral Health, Autism Market is ‘Out of Control’

As the need for behavioral health services continues to increase, so does buyer interest in the $230 billion industry, which advisors say is growing 4% every year. However, all deals in the space are not created equal. For example, despite being one of the smallest and most immature subsectors within behavioral health care, the $7 […]

NIH Publishes Draft of National Opioid Roadmap

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has published a draft of a new report filled with research recommendations to help fight the opioid epidemic. The report focuses on seven areas of research and development, which include factors such as biology and chemistry; non-biological contributors; pain management; prevention; treatment; overdose; and community consequences. The draft, published […]

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 […]

Catholic Facility to Become Addiction Treatment Center

A catholic facility in Lancaster, Kentucky is on its way to becoming an addiction treatment center, according to the Associated Press. Earlier this month, the Lexington diocese announced that it would lease its infrequently used Cliffview Retreat and Conference Center to the Catholic Action Center (CAC) to make it happen. CAC provides services for the […]

Discovery Behavioral Health Acquires Authentic Recovery Center

Discovery Behavioral Health, a national provider of various behavioral health treatments, has acquired Authentic Recovery Center (ARC), a behavioral health provider that specializes in treatment of drug and alcohol abuse. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Based in Orange County, California, Discovery offers residential, partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient treatment for conditions related […]

Beneficiaries Likely to Spend More, Go Out of Network for Behavioral Health Services

Despite the push for parity, Americans are more likely to go out of network and pay higher out-of-pocket costs for behavioral health care treatment than for treatment of chronic conditions such as diabetes and congestive heart failure.  That’s according to research out of Ohio State University published in JAMA Network Open.  The findings illustrate the […]

Low Reimbursement Exacerbating the Behavioral Health Worker Shortage

With minimum wage on the rise and unemployment rates at the lowest they’ve been in 50 years, it’s no surprise that a number of industries — from home care to education — are facing labor shortages. Behavioral health care is no exception. However, low reimbursement from payers for behavioral health services is only exacerbating the […]