Addiction Treatment Industry Group: Push for Telehealth Special Registration Is ‘Misguided’

One of the nation’s most potent addiction treatment advocacy groups rebuked calls for a special registration process. The special registration process would allow telehealth providers to prescribe controlled substances via telehealth without a prior in-person exam. Regulatory flexibilities during the pandemic opened a new lane of business for behavioral health providers, especially addiction treatment providers. […]

Time Is Running Out for Behavioral Health Regulatory Reform as Mid-Term Elections Near

The calendar is now a primary enemy to behavioral health reform at the federal level. Time is running out for Congress and advocates to accomplish legislative reforms before the end of the year, according to a panel of policy and advocacy experts at Behavioral Health and Well-Being Congress. November also brings another round of federal elections […]

Hazelden Betty Ford Names New Chief Medical Officer

The search to find Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation’s next chief medical officer has wrapped up, as the substance use disorder (SUD) treatment provider on Thursday announced Dr. Alta DeRoo as its new CMO. DeRoo is the first female CMO in the history of Center City, Minnesota-based Hazelden, which was founded in 1949. DeRoo has been […]

New C-Suite Hires at Discovery Behavioral Health, Landmark Recovery; Springtide Appoints COO

Discovery Behavioral Health appoints regional CEO Discovery Behavioral Health (DBH) — a multi-state operator of mental health, substance use disorder (SUD) treatment and eating disorder recovery centers — has tapped Michael Uradnik as CEO of its Associated Behavioral Health Care (ABHC) unit. Uradnik will head ABHC — which serves clients in the Seattle-area — and […]

HRSA Launches SUD Loan Repayment Program

The Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) has opened up the application process for a new loan program that aims to help address the behavioral health workforce shortage.  Through the $28 million Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Recovery Loan Repayment Program (STAR LRP), SUD professionals can receive up to $250,000 in eligible education loan repayment […]

Advocates Urge OIG to Make It Easier for SUD Providers to Offer Contingency Management

Substance use disorder (SUD) treatment stakeholders are asking the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to make it easier for providers to use contingency management to help people overcome addiction.  Contingency management uses positive reinforcement to motivate certain behaviors. In the case of SUD treatment, that […]

Behavioral Health Leaders Urge Congress to Expand CCBHC Medicaid Demonstration

Dozens of behavioral health organizations are urging Congress to expand the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) Medicaid demonstration, which is set to expire May 22. In a letter released Tuesday, 60 stakeholders asked lawmakers to extend the demonstration for the eight states currently participating and expand the program to nearly a dozen more states. […]