American Psychological Association Urges States, Insurers to Remove Telehealth Roadblocks During COVID-19 Crisis

The American Psychological Association (APA) is asking states and insurers to temporarily remove roadblocks that make it harder for mental health providers to offer telehealth services. Doing so is especially important in light of COVID-19, the APA says. “This is an extraordinary public health crisis with vast and unpredictable implications for the nation’s mental health,” […]

Providers Get Creative to Address Worsening Behavioral Workforce Shortage Amid COVID-19

The nation’s behavioral health care workforce shortage has been well documented for years and is only expected to worsen over the next decade. Now, the shortfall has become even more pronounced amid COVID-19. Prior to the pandemic, 56% of Americans were seeking behavioral health assistance for themselves or loved ones, according to research co-conducted by […]

Business Booms for Digital Behavioral Health Companies Amid COVID-19

There’s no doubt about it: The coronavirus is boosting the demand for behavioral health care. That’s especially true for services that can be delivered virtually, due to how easily COVID-19 can be spread.   While traditional providers have been scrambling to move to remote models and keep up with ever-changing telehealth regulations, digital behavioral health providers […]

[UPDATED] Behavioral Health Hospital Patients, Workers Test Positive for COVID-19

Two patients and a staff member at a Seattle-area psychiatric hospital have tested positive for COVID-19. Additionally, a doctor at a New Jersey state psychiatric hospital has tested positive for the virus. These are among the first diagnoses at U.S. behavioral health facilities receiving media attention. At Western State Hospital in suburban Lakewood, Washington, a […]

Citing Coronavirus, Acadia Suspends Sale of UK Business

In light of COVID-19, Acadia Healthcare (Nasdaq: ACHC) has temporarily suspended the sale of its U.K. business. Executives previously hinted proceeds from the sale would be used to help grow the U.S. arm of the business. While interest from potential buyers remains strong, the Franklin, Tennessee-based behavioral health provider will pause the sales process until […]

Digital Behavioral Providers Offer Free Services to Health Care Workers For COVID-19 Stress

Multiple virtual behavioral health companies are offering their services to health care workers for free amid the COVID-19 crisis. Three such providers are Headspace, Orbit Health Telepsychiatry and Ginger. Headspace, a digital provider of mental wellness, mindfulness and meditation services, announced Monday that it will provide free subscriptions for the year to American health care […]

Lyra Health Partners with Starbucks to Provide Mental Health Benefits to Employees

Mental health benefits manager Lyra Health will provide all Starbucks (Nasdaq: SBUX) employees and eligible family members with up to 20 sessions per year with therapists and coaches starting April 6. The Seattle-based coffee giant announced the move Monday. All sessions will be free of charge to users. Burlingame, California-based Lyra provides similar services to […]

UHS, Acadia, Other Behavioral Providers Share COVID-19 Response Plans

Behavioral health providers around the country are doing their best to meet the need for services while also mitigating the risks surrounding COVID-19. For some, that means suspending visitation and leaning into telehealth, while for others it means taking things day-by-day and case-by-case. Here’s how the behavioral health industry is responding to the coronavirus pandemic. […]

COVID-19 Likely to Worsen Behavioral Health Workforce Shortage

The entire world is feeling the economic impact of the coronavirus, or COVID-19. With sports seasons suspended, events canceled, businesses closed and travel discouraged, the pandemic is battering just about every industry in the U.S. And while experts predict COVID-19 will boost the demand for behavioral health services, that isn’t necessarily a good thing, as […]

Identifying Behavioral Health Needs Is A Top Patient Safety Concern for Health Care Providers

Being able to identify behavioral health needs early is a top patient safety concern for health care providers, a new survey asserts. The ECRI Institute, a nonprofit organization that promotes best practices for health care providers, published the results on its annual list of top 10 patients safety concerns. For 2020, ECRI declared early recognition […]