SAMHSA Finalized Take-Home Methadone Flexibilities, But Challenges to Access Persist

As fentanyl proliferates the illicit drug market and opioid-related overdoses surge, access to the life-saving medication methadone is more critical than ever. Efforts to increase access to take-home methadone have paid off, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) cemented COVID-era flexibilities earlier this year. For substance use disorder (SUD) treatment providers […]

The Do’s and Don’ts of Value-Based Behavioral Health Contracting 

Value-based care has been part of the health care discourse for decades. But behavioral health providers have only recently placed a new emphasis on breaking away from the fee-for-service paradigm. While still nascent in practice across the industry, several behavioral health organizations are seeking to introduce models that feature elements of risk sharing, trading outcomes […]

SAMHSA’s New OTP Rule Cements Greater Flexibility for Methadone Treatment

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has finalized an overhaul of opioid treatment programs (OTPs) that enshrines many flexibilities first implemented during the crisis response to the COVID pandemic. The final rule represents the first significant change to OTP regulations in over 20 years. In brief, the final rule intends to enable […]

Behavioral Health M&A Hits Record Level in 2021, Demand Remains “Sky-High”

Behavioral health business activity was on fire for another year in 2021, helped largely by a high demand for services among the public that shows no signs of abating any time soon. Transactions for behavioral health providers kicked off the year strong, with 35 deals registered in the first quarter (Q1) of 2021, according to […]

Talkiatry Adds to Leadership Team, DBH Taps New Leader of Virtual Programming

Talkiatry fills leadership roles with new hires Virtual behavioral health provider Talkiatry has added to its leadership team with two new hires. Adam Bunke joins New York-based Talkiatry as its head of design. Bunke comes to the company from Philips, where he was a design director and creative strategist for the global conglomerate. Bunke has […]

Behavioral Health Group Acquires 20-Facility Company, Expands Into Five New States

Dallas-based Behavioral Health Group continues its growth streak with the acquisition of Boise, Idaho-based Center for Behavioral Health. The deal expands Behavioral Health Group’s footprint into five new states. It now operates 116 facilities and two labs in 23 states. Center for Behavioral Health operates 20 treatment centers in Arizona, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, […]

Behavioral Health Group Expands Footprint, Adds OUD Treatment Facilities

Behavioral Health Group (BHG), which was busy in the home stretch of last year with acquisitions, is adding to its portfolio as 2021 winds down. The Dallas-based provider — which operates the country’s largest network of Joint Commission-accredited outpatient treatment facilities for opioid use disorder (OUD) — has expanded into the Midwest and South with […]

After Strong 2020, Behavioral M&A Could Reach ‘New Peak’ in 2021

Despite the pandemic-led economic downturn of 2020, there was still plenty of M&A activity in the behavioral health care market to end the year, and signs are pointing to a robust 2021. The market saw 27 deals in Q4, according to the latest quarterly report from health care M&A firm Mertz Taggart. The flurry of […]

Transactions: Behavioral Health Group’s Latest Acquisition; New Behavioral Tech Deal

Behavioral Health Group acquires Wellness Ambulatory Care  Behavioral Health Group (BHG), a national opioid use disorder (OUD) treatment provider, has acquired Wellness Ambulatory Care, an office-based opioid treatment provider (OTP). Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Based in Dallas, BHG bills itself as the largest network of Joint Commission-accredited outpatient opioid treatment and […]

Transactions: SPG Expands Footprint with Autism Deals; Behavioral Health Group Enters Rhode Island

PE-Backed SPG Acquires Two Autism Services Companies  SPG — a portfolio company of Ridgemont Equity Partners and a provider of behavioral health and therapeutic services to children with autism and other disabilities — has added two new autism services companies.  Those include Southern California-based Go2Consult, a speech and language services provider for school districts, and […]