Digital Therapeutics Experiencing Moment of Reckoning, Casting Doubt on Their Role in Behavioral Health Care

By the time the pandemic broke out, interest in digital therapeutics (DTx) had reached an all-time high. Investors, pharma giants and even health systems have poured billions into the products promising to change medicine. A few of the pioneers in the space, including Pear Therapeutics, which has several addiction therapeutics, and Akili, which is focused […]

Massive Federal Opioid Trial Falls Short of Overdose Death Reduction Goals

An ambitious federal trial to curb opioid-related deaths by using community interventions came up short.  Despite the implementation of public education campaigns, increased naloxone distribution and improved access to medications for opioid use disorder (MOUD), as well as many other interventions, the trial failed to demonstrate a statistically significant reduction in overdose deaths. The large-scale […]

Talkiatry Raises $130M, Vows Pivot to Value-Based Care

New York City-based telepsychiatry provider Talkiatry announced Tuesday that it secured a $130 million funding round, one of the biggest in recent memory in the venture capital-backed behavioral health space. The famed venture capital firm Andreesen Horowitz led the round, which included equity and debt financing. The funds will help the company scale up its […]

Peer-Support Startup Marigold Health Raises $11M

Virtual peer-support startup Marigold Health has raised $11 million in Series A funding.  Marigold Health hires peer specialists and recovery coaches and embeds them with partner providers. The Boston-based organization works with outpatient medication-assisted-treatment programs, residential treatment centers and primary care groups. Marigold’s providers can help assist individuals with substance use disorder or mental health […]

Verbal AUTISM Launches New Communication Tool for Nonspeaking Individuals

Verbal AUTISM has launched a new platform designed to help improve the communication abilities of nonverbal people. Dubbed Verbal AUTISM PLUS, the app utilizes visual aids, including pictures and symbols, and text-to-speech functionality, allowing nonverbal individuals to communicate verbally with people in real-time. Rates of autism are rising in the U.S. Approximately 1 in 36 […]

Payable Hours for Training, Clear Career Tracks Help Retain Autism Therapy Staff 

With autism therapy professionals in high demand and in short supply, organizations are getting creative to hold onto their employees. From conducting “stay interviews” to glean job satisfaction insights to offering reliable schedules and growth opportunities, providers are pulling out all the stops to prevent clinician burnout and keep top talent on board. Demand for […]

DEA Close to Unveiling New Telehealth Regulations for Controlled Substance Prescriptions

The Drug Enforcement Administration is preparing to release its final rule for telehealth and controlled substances. On Thursday, the White House’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) received the final rule from the DEA. The OMB oversees the coordination and review of major executive branch actions. It’s the final stop before the final rules are […]

Emergency Rooms Emerge as Critical Entry Point for Substance Use Disorder Care

The emergency department (ED) can be the “first, and sometimes only” interaction that people with substance use disorders (SUDs) have with the health care system. Integrating SUD care into EDs can connect these patients to crucial long-term care. Still, co-occurring conditions, stigma and polysubstance use are among the main barriers preventing efficient integration. The ED […]

Done Global CEO, Top Doc Arrested on Health Care Fraud Allegations

Federal prosecutors in California have arrested the founder and ex-CEO as well as the clinical leader of the embattled online ADHD care provider Done Global. Ruthia He, a founder and once CEO, and David Brody, clinical president, were arrested on Thursday based on allegations they and others at Done Global carried out a “$100 million […]

Headspace Targets College Students With Uwill Partnership

Digital mental health app Headspace is expanding its reach to college students through a new partnership, its latest in a series of collaborations with specialty providers and tech organizations. Headspace partnered with Uwill, a digital mental health platform that specifically caters to colleges and universities. The deal made Uwill Headspace’s exclusive partner in higher education. […]