MAT Shows Potential to Combat Meth Addiction

Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) holds promise as an option to help individuals overcome addiction to methamphetamines, according to results of a recent clinical trial. Largely considered the gold standard of addiction treatment, MAT involves giving patients medication to help them overcome substance use disorders (SUD). It’s usually paired with counseling, too. However, MAT hasn’t historically been […]

Pipeline: PE-Backed Community Medical Services Adds Several Locations; MindPath Expands

Community Medical Services opens locations in Arizona, Wisconsin Scottsdale, Arizona-based Community Medical Services, which operates medication-assisted treatment (MAT) clinics in several states, has opened two new opioid treatment programs (OTPs), one in Phoenix, Arizona, and one in South Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The South Milwaukee location opened in October, and the Phoenix facility opened earlier this month. […]

Centene CEO: Behavioral Health ‘Has to Be Integrated’

Days after Centene Corporation (NYSE: CNC) announced its plan to acquire Magellan Health (Nasdaq: MGLN), leadership is doubling down on the insurer’s commitment to behavioral. Those services will play an important role in the company’s future, according to Centene CEO Michael Neidorff, who is also president and chairman of the company. “It has to be […]

HHS Policy Change Gives Most Doctors Permission to Prescribe Buprenorphine for MAT

After years of pressure from the behavioral health industry, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is making it easier for physicians to prescribe a popular medication-assisted treatment (MAT) drug for opioid use disorder (OUD). The department is doing that by removing some certification requirements that physicians were previously required to meet before […]

UHS CFO: Second Half of 2021 Will Look ‘More Like the 2019 We Exited Pre-COVID’

The past year has been a rough one for behavioral health providers, with COVID-19 decreasing organizations’ revenues, while increasing their costs. Even industry powerhouses like Universal Health Services (NYSE: UHS) have felt the virus’s impact. But company leaders at the behavioral health giant say they’re starting to see the light at the end of the […]

Talkspace to Go Public in $1.4B SPAC Deal

Talkspace is going public through a merger with the special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) Hudson Executive Investment Corporation (HEIC). The subscription-based therapy provider announced the $1.4 billion deal Wednesday. Headquartered in New York City, Talkspace aims to help more people access behavioral health care by remotely connecting users to licensed therapists through text and video […]

Predictive Mental Health Startup Rose Health Raises $1.73M in Seed Funding

Rose Health — a startup that uses predictive technology to detect behavioral health issues — has raised $1.73 million in an oversubscribed seed funding round.  The money will help the company acquire more customers, develop new features, create a version of its platform for children and launch an employer program pilot with the Visiting Nurse […]

Acadia’s Sierra Tucson Group Ramps Up Efforts to Address Trauma, Expand Specialty Programs

In the year ahead, Sierra Tucson Group plans to get personal, expanding its specialty program offerings and honing its trauma-informed care efforts, CEO Valerie Kading recently told Behavioral Health Business. Formed in 2019, Sierra Tucson Group is owned by Acadia Healthcare (Nasdaq: ACHC) and consists of three behavioral health treatment centers: Sierra Tucson, Sierra by […]

Hopebridge to Hire 2.7K Employees, Open 20 New Locations in 2021

Hopebridge Autism Therapy Centers has announced plans to add more than 2,700 new employees and open up to 20 new locations in 2021. Headquartered in Indianapolis and backed by the private equity firm Arsenal Capital Partners, Hopebridge is one of the nation’s largest autism treatment organizations. It provides center-based applied behavior analysis (ABA), diagnostics, occupational […]