What the Departure of 3 High-Profile Autism Therapy CEOs Signals About the Industry’s Fundamental Challenge

The transition of three high-profile CEOs within the autism therapy space highlights the pressure that top executives are under to defy the odds in the face of enormous challenges. Private equity investors’ expectations to meet or beat multiples set when valuations were previously sky-high are putting CEOs in positions that require them to achieve the […]

CEO of KKR-Backed Autism Provider BlueSprig Steps Down

KKR-backed Autism provider BlueSprig is set to undergo a significant leadership transition. Earlier this month, BlueSprig’s CEO Jason Owen announced he was stepping down to pursue a new role as CEO and president at Envision Healthcare. Owen started with the company in February 2022. “​​To the BlueSprig team, we’ve accomplished so much and I know […]

Autism Industry Grapples with Shortage of Experienced BCBAs to Fill Leadership Roles

The autism therapy industry faces a systemic shortage of experienced board-certified behavioral analysts (BCBAs). This pain point is forcing autism therapy organizations to think long and hard about how to find, keep and expand the impact of what few experienced clinicians, especially BCBAs, they need as leaders. Regardless of setting or type, the bottom line […]

Autism Therapy Companies to Watch in 2024

After a bumpy 2023, the autism therapy industry could start to get back on track. Several large, growing or innovative autism therapy companies either made strides last year or worked through serious headaches. Meanwhile, some indicators show that the sector could be looking up for 2024. In 2023 the industry faced a historic slump in […]

6 Under-the-Radar Stories of 2023: LifeStance Scales Back, Feds Push to Deregulate Methadone

While 2023 unfolded at a dizzying pace, significant news in the behavioral health space may have escaped notice. This brief overview revisits several overlooked stories, offering valuable insights from a year marked by pivotal moments and promising trends. These overlooked stories represent meaningful developments in crucial industry narratives, serving as hidden gems and emblems of […]

‘The ABA Industry Is Maturing’: Autism Executives Predict Growth, Innovation in 2024

The year 2023 saw several autism therapy organizations make dramatic — sometimes painful — adjustments to an evolving marketplace. And the landscape is set to shift even more heading into the new year. While the echoes of the coronavirus pandemic fade, inflation and stagnant payer rates put the squeeze on providers. On top of that, […]

KKR-Backed BlueSprig Rolls Up Trumpet Behavioral Health, Adds Nearly 40 Locations to Footprint

KKR-backed autism therapy provider BlueSprig Pediatrics has acquired Lakewood, Colorado-based Trumpet Behavioral Health. The deal, announced on Wednesday, also includes Trumpet Behavioral Health’s sub-brands, Therapeutic Pathways and The Behavior Center. BlueSprig purchased Trumpet from New York City-based WindRose Health Investors, which acquired the company in 2017. The terms of the deal were not announced. Trumpet […]

Pipeline: Kindred-Managed Behavioral Hospital Opens; Expansions at Spero, Odyssey and Promises

Spero opens new Kentucky center Substance use disorder (SUD) treatment provider Spero Health has opened a new clinic in Kentucky, located in the town of Monticello. Situated in the southeastern part of the Commonwealth State near the Tennessee border, the location provides a combination of in-person and telehealth services. It accepts Kentucky Medicaid and most […]

Transactions: Merger Forms ‘Top-Five’ Autism Provider; Discovery Behavioral Health’s Latest Acquisition

Autism treatment companies merge to form one of nation’s largest ABA providers PE-backed BlueSprig Pediatrics, a Houston-based provider of applied behavior analysis (ABA), has announced its purchase of Florida Autism Center and its Georgia brand Fusion Autism Center, creating a “top-five national provider” of autism services, according to a press release announcing the news. Terms […]