How Cognoa Aims to Revolutionize the Autism Diagnosis Process

Applied behavioral analysis (ABA) is widely considered the gold standard for autism treatment, but accessing ABA is easier said than done given the huge number of children on the spectrum.  In fact, families are often forced onto treatment waitlists due to the nationwide shortage of ABA clinicians. And that’s if they can get an autism […]

Behavioral Home Health Company ViaQuest Scores PE Investment from Council Capital

ViaQuest — a Dublin, Ohio-based provider of intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), behavioral health and hospice services — has received an equity investment from Council Capital, a health care-focused private equity firm. Terms of the investment were not announced. Operating in Ohio, Indiana and Pennsylvania, ViaQuest provides residential, day and employment services to individuals with […]

Pipeline: New Projects for Acadia, UHS; SUD Providers Expand Reach

Acadia forms JV with Geisinger Acadia Healthcare (Nasdaq: ACHC) has formed a joint venture (JV) with Danville, Pennsylvania-based Geisinger Health System to build two new inpatient behavioral health facilities. The companies are putting a combined total of about $80 million toward the projects. The first of the two facilities will open next year in Moosic, […]

Movers & Shakers: Autism Provider Hires New CEO; Happify Health Fills CFO Role

Happify Health adds investment banking veteran to management ranks New York-based digital behavioral health provider Happify Health has named Bilal Khan as its chief financial officer. Khan comes to Happify Health from Goldman Sachs, where he was vice president of investment banking for the firm in the San Francisco area, specializing in digital health care […]

Transactions: Sabra Expands Behavioral Portfolio; Autism Acquisitions with National Scale

Acorn Health acquires Sandcastle Centers Acorn Health — a national provider of applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy — has acquired the assets of Sandcastle Centers, formerly known as JKP Analyst, which also provides ABA services. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Founded in 2018, Acorn is a portfolio company of the private equity […]

Pipeline: Pinnacle Adds Three Locations; Caravel Autism Deepens Midwestern Footprint

Pinnacle Treatment Centers adds three Ohio locations Pinnacle Treatment Centers has added three new addiction treatment centers in Ohio. The new facilities will specialize in medication-assisted treatment (MAT) using methadone and accept Medicaid. The locations in Athens, Hamilton and Solon bring Pinnacle’s total number of outpatient opioid addiction treatment centers in the Buckeye State up […]

Propelled by COVID-19, AnswersNow Eyes Nationwide Expansion of Virtual Autism Treatment Offerings

Like most behavioral health providers, AnswersNow had its business turned upside down last year when the coronavirus hit the U.S. Unlike most other organizations, though, the autism services company turned the turmoil into an opportunity to revamp its business model — which it’s currently working to expand nationwide, with the help of insurers and potentially […]

Pipeline: Hazelden Betty Ford Expands Telehealth Footprint; New Rogers Facility, Autism Centers

Hazelden Betty Ford grows virtual care footprint The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, the nation’s largest nonprofit addiction treatment provider, has announced it is bringing its telehealth services to Missouri residents who have commercial insurance, no matter where they live in the state. The services are part of Hazelden Betty Ford’s RecoveryGo tool, which provides telehealth […]

Court Rules UnitedHealth Violated Parity Laws By Refusing ABA Coverage

A unit of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) violated the federal benefits law and the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act when it refused to cover certain autism therapy services, a federal judge in Oakland, California has ruled. U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers made the call earlier this month. The ruling comes after an […]

Pipeline: Promises, Spero Open New Facilities; ABA Expansions in Multiple States

Promises Behavioral Health opens new facility in Texas Promises Behavioral Health has opened its latest facility, an addiction and mental health treatment center in Texas. Located in College Station, Promises Brazos Valley spans over 50,000 square feet and provides addiction and mental health treatment services to adults and college students. College Station is home to […]