HHS Policy Change Gives Most Doctors Permission to Prescribe Buprenorphine for MAT

After years of pressure from the behavioral health industry, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is making it easier for physicians to prescribe a popular medication-assisted treatment (MAT) drug for opioid use disorder (OUD). The department is doing that by removing some certification requirements that physicians were previously required to meet before […]

Acadia’s Sierra Tucson Group Ramps Up Efforts to Address Trauma, Expand Specialty Programs

In the year ahead, Sierra Tucson Group plans to get personal, expanding its specialty program offerings and honing its trauma-informed care efforts, CEO Valerie Kading recently told Behavioral Health Business. Formed in 2019, Sierra Tucson Group is owned by Acadia Healthcare (Nasdaq: ACHC) and consists of three behavioral health treatment centers: Sierra Tucson, Sierra by […]

SUD Startup Monument Raises $10.3M

Monument — an online treatment platform for alcohol use disorder (AUD) — has closed on $10.3 million in Series A funding. It brings the startup’s total funding raised up to $17.8 million. Based in New York, Monument connects users to a free anonymous community, therapist-moderated groups and other resources to help them change their relationship […]

Transactions: Discovery Behavioral Health Expands Family of Brands; Three Providers Buy into New States

Discovery Behavioral Health acquires Prosperity Wellness Center   Discovery Behavioral Health — PE-backed network of behavioral health centers — has acquired Prosperity Wellness Center — a 40-bed residential SUD treatment facility in Tacoma, Washington. Financial terms of the transaction were not announced. Headquartered in Orange County, California, Discovery is a portfolio company of Webster Equity Partners. […]

Untreated Autism Linked to Heightened Risk of SUD

People on the autism spectrum could be more likely to develop substance use disorders (SUD), according to new research published in JAMA Pediatrics. The study comes out of Taiwan, where researchers used health insurance data to investigate the risk of SUD among people with autism. To reach the findings, the study’s authors looked at data […]

SUD Treatment Provider, Former CEO to Pay $6M for Medicaid Fraud

The former founder and CEO of a New York-based addiction treatment facility has agreed to reimburse the state Medicaid program $3 million, according to Attorney General Letitia James.  The agreement comes after Stephen Yohay admitted to taking part in a false Medicaid billing scheme, according to a press release announcing the news. The fraud occurred […]

Gateway Foundation Leverages Grant to Launch Gambling Treatment Program

More and more American have started to recognize substance use disorder (SUD) as a health condition rather than a moral failing. However, other forms of addiction — such as gambling — have yet to be afforded the same courtesy. Many payers, including Medicaid, still don’t reimburse for gambling addiction treatment. That’s despite state and federal […]

Pipeline: Pinnacle’s New OTP; Action Behavior Centers Expands

Pinnacle Treatment Centers expands in Ohio Pinnacle Treatment Centers has opened a new opioid treatment program (OTP) in Sandusky, Ohio. The addition marks the provider’s 15th location in the state. Headquartered in New Jersey, Pinnacle provides the full range of medication-assisted treatment (MAT) services. It has more than 115 locations across eight states and specializes […]

AAC Outlines 2021 Blueprint Following Recent Restructure

American Addiction Centers (AAC) has started a new chapter in the company’s history. After years of financial struggles and a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing, the substance use disorder (SUD) treatment provider recently completed a financial reorganization. The restructuring has helped AAC reduce its debt load by about $500 million and position the company for its […]