Transactions: The Columbus Organization’s Florida Foothold; Discovery Behavioral Health’s Rapid Acquisitions

The Columbus Organization Acquires Progressive Journey Group The Columbus Organization, an Indianapolis-based provider of services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), has announced its acquisition of Orlando, Florida-based Progressive Journey Group. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The Columbus Organization has more than 30 years of experience serving people with IDD […]

NABH’s New CEO Tackles Lofty Goals in Year, Decade Ahead

The National Association for Behavioral Healthcare (NABH) is kicking off the new decade with a new leader. Shawn Coughlin took over as president and CEO of the trade association Jan. 1, following the retirement of the organization’s long-time leader Mark Covall, who headed up NABH for the past 24 years. With Coughlin at the helm, […]

Speech Pathology Group Announces Buyout of Comprehensive Autism Center

Add Comprehensive Autism Centers (CAC) to the list of investments in Ridgemont Equity Partners’ portfolio. Walnut Creek, California-based speech therapy provider Speech Pathology Group (SPG) has reached a deal to acquire CAC, a Southern California-based autism services provider of applied behavioral analysis (ABA) therapies. Ridgemont — a Charlotte, North Carolina-based middle market private equity firm […]

Little Leaves Behavioral Services Opens New Autism Center, Announces Plans for Others

Little Leaves Behavioral Services has its eyes set on growth: The applied behavioral analysis provider has opened a new children’s autism center in Germantown, Maryland. It also has new locations in the works elsewhere in Maryland, Virginia and Florida, the company announced. Silver Spring, Maryland-based Little Leaves is a division of special education and instructional […]

Tech-Enabled Pediatric Behavioral Health Startup Emilio Health Raises $5M

Emilio Health, a technology-enabled behavioral health startup, has raised $5 million in seed funding. Oak HC/FT provided the funding, which will allow Emilio Health to open its first clinics, launch its digital platform and grow its leadership team. Palo Alto, California-based Emilio Health launched in October, with the goal being to improve the way behavioral […]

American Academy of Pediatrics Updates Autism Guidelines

The American Academy of Pediatrics has updated its guidelines for autism diagnosis and treatment for the first time since 2007. The recommendations were published Monday in the journal Pediatrics. The goal is to help pediatricians identify children who could have the disorder and to intervene as soon as possible. While past guidelines have focused on […]

As Children With Autism Grow Up, Care Gaps Widen

While children are usually at the forefront of the discussion surrounding autism services, the disorder doesn’t go away in adulthood; it’s a lifelong condition. Yet, adults with autism are often faced with far fewer treatment options and less information about their choices than their younger counterparts. That’s according to a recent study by Case Western […]

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 […]

Autism Deals Dominate Behavioral Health Sector in Q3 

Autism deals accounted for nearly half of all behavioral health transactions in the third quarter of 2019, according to data from mergers and acquisitions advisory firm Mertz Taggart. Eight of the quarter’s 19 behavioral health deals can be attributed to autism and applied behavioral analysis (ABA) service providers. Private equity platforms are among the largest […]