Advocacy Groups Urge DEA to Create Special Telehealth Registration for SUD Treatment

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is more than a year behind on creating a special registration process that would allow behavioral health providers to tele-prescribe certain medications for substance use disorder (SUD) treatment.  Now, dozens of organizations are putting pressure on federal officials to change that, asking them to move forward and make medication-assisted treatment […]

Movers & Shakers: RCA Adds New Senior Leadership; Odyssey Taps Investment Banking Vet to Oversee Growth

RCA adds two new senior execs Recovery Centers of America (RCA) — a private equity-backed substance use disorder (SUD) treatment provider — has added two new senior executives to its team. Stacie Runion has been hired as chief human resources officer, while Kerry King has been tapped to serve as vice president of clinical services. […]

Hospices Hitting Barriers in Integrating Necessary Behavioral Health Services

Advocates have increasingly called for expanded resources to address mental health issues and substance use disorders (SUDs) among hospice patients to improve delivery and quality of their care. However, limited research is available for hospice providers looking to integrate psychiatric or mental health services. An estimated 5 to 8 million older adults in the United […]

Massachusetts Attorney General Sues CleanSlate Centers

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is suing CleanSlate Centers for allegedly defrauding the state Medicaid program out of millions of dollars. Meanwhile, the national addiction treatment center chain says the allegations are meritless. The lawsuit asserts that CleanSlate submitted millions of dollars worth of false claims for unnecessary urine drug tests to MassHealth. On top of […]

Pipeline: SaVida’s Continued Expansion; New Behavioral Hospital

SaVida Health adds second Maine center   SaVida Health has opened its second medication-assisted treatment (MAT) center in Maine. The new location is set to open in Brewer on Nov. 5. Overall, SaVida operates more than 20 outpatient MAT centers across Vermont, Massachusetts, Maine, Virginia and Delaware. The PE firm Council Capital made a control investment […]

Bankruptcy Court Approves AAC’s Restructuring Plan

A federal bankruptcy court in Delaware has approved AAC Holdings’ reorganization plan. A judge gave it the OK Tuesday.  Under the plan, the parent company of American Addiction Center will “emerge with the support of a term loan exit financing agreement that will equal AAC’s $62.5 million debtor-in-possession loan and $51 million of prepetition senior […]

Addiction Alliance of Georgia Attacks SUDs from Every Angle with Unique Community-Based Model

A new partnership aims to attack substance use disorders (SUDs) from all angles and serve as a reimagined example of addiction treatment in America. Addiction Alliance of Georgia (AAG) is the recently formed organization tasked with making it happen. AAG was created earlier this year as the result of a partnership between the nonprofit SUD […]

UHS Taps Aetna Alum to Fill Behavioral CMO Position

Universal Health Services (NYSE: UHS) has tapped an Aetna alum to be the new chief medical officer for its behavioral health division. UHS announced Monday that Mark Friedlander, a psychiatrist and MBA, would fill the role.  Headquartered in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, UHS has 328 behavioral health facilities spread across the US, Puerto Rico and […]

Pipeline: Monte Nido & Affiliates Entering New State; LifeStance Health Expands in Two Markets

Monte Nido & Affiliates to enter Georgia  Monte Nido & Affiliates — a PE-backed eating disorder treatment provider — has announced that it is entering the state of Georgia, where it will add two programs. Headquartered in Malibu, California, Monte Nido offers the continuum of eating recovery services, from residential to day treatment. It is […]

Hospitals Cutting Behavioral Health Beds as Demand Grows

Amid COVID-19, hospitals nationwide have been forced to cut or repurpose behavioral health beds to make room for coronavirus patients. At the same time, overdoses and suicides are on the rise.   In New York state — which once contained the country’s worst COVID-19 hotspot — the problem is especially pronounced, the Wall Street Journal has […]