RWJBarnabas Hires SVP of Behavioral Health, Addiction Treatment

West Orange, New Jersey-based RWJBarnabas Health, which operates a number of independent health care providers throughout the state, has named Frank Ghinassi as senior vice president of its behavioral health and addictions service line.  Ghinassi comes to the position from Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care (UBHC), where he has been president and CEO since 2016. […]

In the Pipeline: CleanSlate, SaVida’s New Clinics; UHS’ Oregon Hospital Proposal

Opened CleanSlate Centers opens new Wisconsin location CleanSlate Centers, a Nashville-based provider of outpatient alcohol and opioid addiction treatment services, has opened a new location in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, bringing its number of facilities in the state up to 13. Overall, CleanSlate operates facilities in 11 states, nine of which are east of the Mississippi River. […]

Hackensack Meridian Health Goes Big on Behavioral Health, Care Collaboration

Hackensack Meridian Health is making behavior health care its “big focus” of 2020, according to CEO Robert Garrett.  Garrett shared his priorities for the year ahead Wednesday during a podcast interview with Bloomberg Businessweek.  “This year, the big focus is going to be on behavioral health because it’s posing a huge problem from a health […]

Alcohol-Related Deaths Have Doubled in Past 20 Years

Rates of alcohol-related deaths among Americans have roughly doubled in the past 20 years, with women accounting for a considerable portion of the spike, new research shows. Despite the national focus on fighting the opioid epidemic, the findings suggest that there’s still work to be done when it comes to alcohol addiction. The study was […]

SAMHSA Announces $200M in CCBHC Expansion Grants Available to Providers Nationwide

Behavioral health clinics across the country are now able to apply for Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) expansion grants. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced the funding opportunity Friday, putting $200 million worth of grants up for grabs and expanding the reach of CCBHCs.  The purpose is to “increase access […]

UnityPlace Behavioral Health Services Gets New President

Des Moines, Iowa-based UnityPoint Health, which provides medical and behavioral health services in various locations throughout the Hawkeye State, Illinois and Wisconsin, has appointed Ted Bender to lead UnityPlace Behavioral Health Services. Bender took over as president of the Peoria, Illinois-based nonprofit organization effective January 2. Offering inpatient and outpatient behavioral health services as well […]

Newly Introduced Bills Aim to Improve, Expand Behavioral Health Insurance Coverage

Lawmakers in one state have introduced two new bills designed to improve and expand insurance coverage for behavioral health services. The legislation was proposed Tuesday in California, a state that frequently sets legislative trends known to catch on nationwide. The bills in question — Senate Bill 854 and Senate Bill 855 — target private insurance […]

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 […]