Behavioral Health Network Names Next Chief As CEO Announces Retirement

Katherine Wilson, who has been the only CEO of Springfield, Massachusetts-based Behavioral Health Network (BHN) since its formation in 1992, has announced that she will retire from the organization in June. Steven Winn, who has been with BHN since 1995 and has served as its chief operating officer since 2017, will become the organization’s new […]

Opioid Treatment Providers Praise New Medicare Coverage Opportunities

On January 1, new rules went into effect establishing expanded Medicare coverage for opioid use disorder (OUD) treatment. Under the new benefit, opioid treatment programs (OTPs) will be able to enroll in — and be reimbursed by — Medicare for providing medication-assisted treatment (MAT) services that were not previously covered. Medicare will pay enrolled OTPs […]

Former Nursing Homes Finding New Life As Behavioral Health Facilities

As the demand for behavioral health services continues to grow, so does the industry, with new developments and facilities popping up every day. Nursing home providers, on the other hand, haven’t been as lucky. The skilled nursing world continues to see financial strain and, in some cases, closures. In that misfortune, a number of behavioral […]

Medicaid Block Grant Option Could Hurt Behavioral Health Providers — But Not Anytime Soon

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has unveiled a new option for states to receive their federal Medicaid expansion funding as a capped lump sum. Behavioral health stakeholders worry the proposed waiver program could hurt safety net providers and the patients they serve, but operators won’t see changes anytime soon — if at […]

Movers & Shakers: NuWay House Creates More VP Positions; New Directors at Origins, Laurel Place

Maryland health system names new behavioral health director The University of Maryland Shore Regional Health (UM Shore), which serves patients on the state’s Eastern Shore, has named Patricia Thompson as its behavioral health director. Thompson’s duties include leading UM Shore’s inpatient behavioral health unit, intensive outpatient program, bridge clinic, behavioral health response team and substance […]

Connections Community Support Programs Names Interim CEO

Connections Community Support Programs, which is Delaware’s largest provider of behavioral health services, has named Chief Operating Officer William Northey as its interim CEO. Williams, who joined Connections in 2017, succeeds Catherine McKay, who announced her retirement last October. Based in Wilmington, Delaware, Connections operates more than 100 facilities offering behavioral health and substance abuse […]

Non-Publicized Deals Boost Q4 Behavioral Health M&A Stats

The behavioral health industry may have seen more transactions in the fourth quarter of 2019 than previously believed, according to new data from M&A advisory firm Mertz Taggart. Data recently released by Irving Levin Associates suggested that the market saw a slow down in M&A activity in Q4. However, Mertz Taggart’s analysis found that behavioral […]

Mental Health ED Visits on Rise, Especially Among Younger Demographics

More children and young adults with mental health issues are seeking assistance at emergency departments (EDs) nationwide, new research concludes. The findings underscore the need for pediatric behavioral health providers.The study, which was published in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine, was conducted by a team of researchers from the University of Southern California (USC) […]

In the Pipeline: New MAT Clinics Nationwide; Long-Awaited Behavioral Health Hospital Opens

Opened ARS Treatment Centers opens new facilities  ARS Treatment Centers, which provides office-based medication-assisted treatment (MAT), has opened two new facilities.  One center opened earlier this month in Cape May County, New Jersey, marking the organization’s 11th in the state. ARS announced the news just a few days after also opening its eighth location in […]