[UPDATED] Behavioral Health Hospital Patients, Workers Test Positive for COVID-19

Two patients and a staff member at a Seattle-area psychiatric hospital have tested positive for COVID-19. Additionally, a doctor at a New Jersey state psychiatric hospital has tested positive for the virus. These are among the first diagnoses at U.S. behavioral health facilities receiving media attention. At Western State Hospital in suburban Lakewood, Washington, a […]

‘Rehab Mogul’ Pleads No Contest in $175M Billing Scheme; Outpatient Mental Health Provider Settles False Claims Suit

The one-time owner of more than a dozen Los Angeles-area substance abuse treatment centers has been indicted on charges he operated a massive $175 million billing scheme. Robert Bathum, who has called himself the “Rehab Mogul,” pleaded no contest Monday in Los Angeles County Superior Court to 14 felony counts of grand theft, insurance fraud, […]

FCC Votes to Establish 3-Digit National Suicide Hotline Number

It’s official: The national suicide prevention hotline number is going to be shortened to three digits. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to change the phone number Thursday. Currently, the number is 10 digits, but the goal is to make the suicide and mental health hotline as easy to reach and as identifiable as 911. […]

President Trump Donates Q3 Salary to Fight Opioid Crisis

President Donald Trump has donated his third quarter salary to help fight the national opioid epidemic, the Associated Press reported.  According to the White House, President Trump donated the $100,000 he would have received in Q3 to the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Health “to continue the ongoing fight against the opioid crisis.” The […]

Catholic Facility to Become Addiction Treatment Center

A catholic facility in Lancaster, Kentucky is on its way to becoming an addiction treatment center, according to the Associated Press. Earlier this month, the Lexington diocese announced that it would lease its infrequently used Cliffview Retreat and Conference Center to the Catholic Action Center (CAC) to make it happen. CAC provides services for the […]