Senate Finance Committee Releases Excoriating Investigation of Abuse in At-Risk Youth Industry

After years of facing criticism for wrongdoing and mistreatment of patients, the at-risk youth industry was blasted in a report released on Wednesday by the U.S. Senate Finance Committee. The report and communications from the committee chairman, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), conclude that systemic harm and abuse are “routine” parts of the at-risk youth industry. […]

The Next Chapter for Mental Health Coverage and Business Models

All was relatively quiet on the behavioral health front for publicly traded companies in Q1, reflecting the typically sleepy nature of the first quarter for those seeking to wrap up old initiatives and start new ones. Don’t get me wrong: It’s not like nothing happened or there isn’t anything worth pondering. Quite the opposite, in […]

Why Acadia Healthcare Is Expanding Eating Disorder Treatment as Competitors Scale Back

Amid a slew of closures and layoffs in the eating disorder market, behavioral health provider Acadia Healthcare (Nasdaq: ACHC) is expanding its eating disorder programming. Acadia is furthering its reach into trauma-focused treatment and wrap-around care, leadership told Behavioral Health Business. The provider also recently launched an eating disorder awareness campaign and plans to add […]

Acadia Healthcare Prioritizes Integrating Service Lines

Integrating service lines is a crucial priority for behavioral health provider Acadia Healthcare (Nasdaq: ACHC). Acadia is the largest behavioral health provider in the country and offers inpatient and outpatient mental health care, substance use disorder services, eating disorder care and various other offerings. Acadia CEO Chris Hunter noted that patients in their care often […]

Veterans Turning to Private Mental Health: What Providers Need to Know

American veterans are estimated to die by suicide at a rate 57% higher than their civilian counterparts. The specific lived experiences of veterans and their families come with peculiar stressors. And while the data on veteran behavioral health is mixed, the elevated prevalence of suicide among veterans is undeniable. Several behavioral health organizations have or […]

Acadia Healthcare Promotes Dr. Nasser Khan to Newly Created COO Position

Behavioral health behemoth Acadia Healthcare (Nasdaq: ACHC) announced the appointment of a new chief operating officer, a role the company did not previously include in its C-suite. Dr. Nasser Khan, the operations group president for Acadia Healthcare’s comprehensive treatment center (CTC) business line, will assume the chief operating officer role on June 30, according to […]

Acadia Healthcare Eyes PHP, IOP Growth

Outpatient behavioral health could be a new growth avenue for behavioral health giant Acadia Healthcare (Nasdaq: ACHC).  The operator, which has a substantial footprint in inpatient mental health care and comprehensive treatment centers (CTCs) for addiction treatment, is now turning its attention to partial hospitalization programs (PHPs) and intensive outpatient programs (IOPs). Both PHPs and […]

Coming Out of a Slow Q1, Acadia Healthcare Ramps Up Focus on CTCs, Outpatient Expansion

While Acadia Healthcare (NASDAQ: ACHC) saw a slow start to 2024, its leadership said that an improving labor market and rate improvements are tailwinds for the rest of the year. The first quarter of 2024 was plagued by weaker-than-anticipated patient volumes, which leadership attributed primarily to seasonality, and lower-than-expected admission rates in its military specialty […]

Acadia, Uber Health Partner to Tackle Transportation Barriers for Opioid Treatment

Many obstacles can hinder access to opioid treatment, including stigma, insufficient clinician training and lack of a care continuum. A new partnership between Acadia Healthcare (Nasdaq: ACHC) and Uber Health (NYSE: UBER) is tackling a crucial but less discussed barrier: transportation.    “We talk a lot in this industry about access to care from a lot […]

Eating Disorder Treatment Provider Alsana Appoints New CEO; Acadia Names Chief Medical Officer 

Alsana names behavioral health vet CEO Eating disorder recovery provider Alsana has named Allan Benham its new CEO. Benham most recently served as chief operating officer at trauma, mental health and addiction provider Meadows Behavioral Healthcare. “My passion for changing lives through recovery and for patients struggling with eating disorder behaviors patient aligns with Alsana’s […]