Lightfully Behavioral Health Creates New College IOP Offering, Expands Geographical Footprint

Lightfully Behavioral Health’s scale-up effort now includes expanding its virtual intensive outpatient program (IOP) to college students nationwide. The fledgling IOP stands among a small group of virtual behavioral health companies taking on intensive services — and an even smaller handful of companies targeting the collegiate population. Mental health services offered by colleges are not […]

Guidelight Health Lands $16M for PHP, IOP Platform

A new mental health company named Guidelight Health has landed $16.35 million in funding, according to an SEC filing. The startup offers partial hospitalization (PHP) and intensive outpatient programs (IOPs) to adolescents and adults. Patients can access these programs either in-person or virtually. PHPs and IOPs provide an intermediate care alternative to traditional inpatient and […]

‘EmPATH’ Units Seek to Shatter the Behavioral Health Emergency Department Bottleneck

Health systems are seeing a steep increase in patients coming to emergency departments (EDs) for psychiatric conditions. However, the ED is often not the best place for patients in a psychiatric crisis. One major ramification of this increase is many of these patients can face a long wait time, causing a significant bottleneck in the […]

firsthand’s Approach to SMI Care Prioritizes Trust, Engagement

Samir Malik, the CEO of firsthand, and Marie Hannah, a recovery peer for the company based in Nashville, know that those in the greatest need of behavioral health treatment are often the hardest to reach. The New York City-based startup uses a field-work-heavy approach to peer support work as part of a value-based care partnership […]

‘We Don’t Have Enough of an Infrastructure’: Psychiatric Hospitals Buckling Under Historic Pressure

Psychiatric hospitals are buckling under decades of financial pressure that increased following the onset of the pandemic. Discriminatory regulations, challenging payer relations and inflation have placed several psychiatric hospitals in untenable positions. A spate of facility closures in 2023 demonstrates that the pressure is proving too much. Industry insiders say that systemic changes can’t come […]

Author Health Raises $115M for Senior-Focused Mental Health

Author Health, a hybrid mental health startup helmed by ex-Optum leader Katherine Hobbs Knutson, landed a $115 million debut funding round. The new company focuses on providing virtual and in-office mental health services to seniors with Medicare Advantage plans. It launched in 2022 and started seeing patients in January 2023, Knutson, CEO of the company, […]

Caron Medical Director: What We Get Wrong in Behavioral Health

For 30 years, we’ve been chasing a panacea for mental health, trying to find the right prescription or the right mix of medications as a substitute for comprehensive treatment. More and more, doctors prescribe medication alone, even though such medications should be supported by counseling. The lack of qualified therapists is compounded by insurance companies […]

Standardized Credentialing, Reimbursement Clarity Could Accelerate Use of Peers in Behavioral Health Care

Years into a national behavioral health workforce shortage, many provider organizations are now seeking to leverage peer specialists. Advocates argue that peers could be a crucial part of expanding behavioral health access and supporting patients holistically in their recovery. Yet reimbursement challenges and varying state licensure requirements have historically created barriers for providers utilizing the […]

SAMHSA, HHS Roll Out New National Model Standards for Behavioral Health Peer Support Certification

Federal health agencies have released new national model standards for peer support certification focused on the behavioral health workforce. The goal of the model standards – penned by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Office of Recovery, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) – is to speed […]