Done Global CEO, Top Doc Arrested on Health Care Fraud Allegations

Federal prosecutors in California have arrested the founder and ex-CEO as well as the clinical leader of the embattled online ADHD care provider Done Global. Ruthia He, a founder and once CEO, and David Brody, clinical president, were arrested on Thursday based on allegations they and others at Done Global carried out a “$100 million […]

What Cerebral, Monument’s FTC Fines Can Teach Other Behavioral Health Providers About Advertising Best Practices

The Federal Trade Commission’s recent actions against the digital behavioral health providers Cerebral and Monument are an expensive and very public reminder to all behavioral health providers to take caution when using digital tracking and other ad-tech tools. In April, the FTC released several complaints and orders, including fines and stipulations, to settle allegations about […]

Cerebral Slapped with $15M in Fees in FTC Settlement, Can’t Pay Full Amount

Troubled mental health startup Cerebral Inc. must pay millions to the federal government to settle allegations involving its data privacy practices and cancellation policy. The U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released a federal complaint and proposed order detailing allegations of unlawful sharing of protected health information with third parties for […]

Cerebral Slammed for ‘Predatory’ Cancellation Tactics, Charging for Ghost Services

More than 16,000 New Yorkers will receive payouts after the New York Attorney General collected more than $740,000 from unicorn mental health company Cerebral. Cerebral, the cash-flush mental health company with a tarnished reputation, paid out $200,000 in penalties and $540,162 in restitution for maintaining a “long and burdensome” cancellation process that often resulted in […]

Monte Nido Names New COO; Cerebral Appoints Chief People Officer

Monte Nido hires new COO Giulia Peterlongo has begun her new role as the chief operating officer at eating disorder provider Monte Nido & Affiliates. Before joining Monte Nido, Peterlongo worked for DaVita Kidney Care for almost seven years, recently serving as division vice president. She previously served as a health care specialist at McKinsey […]

5 Mental Health Companies to Watch in 2023

With macroeconomic headwinds leading to declining valuations and less M&A activity, the mental health space is at a crossroads. The notoriously fragmented industry is still prime for maturation, but many companies are facing growing pains. Several companies that came onto the public market during the 2021 boom year are struggling to keep up with investor […]

DEA Proposal Jeopardizes Digital Providers, Limits Access to Care, Behavioral Health Insiders Warn

The new telehealth restrictions proposed by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) last week struck a sour chord with several industry stakeholders. Many industry insiders condemned the move as out of touch and even dangerous, jeopardizing telehealth models’ effectiveness in behavioral health. Still, the proposal is not set in stone, and parts of it could change […]

Cerebral Quietly Closes Medication-Assisted Treatment Program, Lays off 15% of Staff

Digital health unicorn Cerebral has quietly begun to close its medication-assisted treatment (MAT) program for opioid use disorder (OUD). This comes as the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) on Friday announced a new proposal that would allow providers to prescribe buprenorphine for treating OUD for 30 days but then require an in-person exam. This could have […]

Top 10 Behavioral Health Stories of 2022: How ABA Layoffs, Value-Based Care and Dealmaking Defined the Year

The year 2022 saw several growing pains and tough lessons in the behavioral health industry. Two years after the onset of a world-altering pandemic, the behavioral health industry saw adjustments and reactions to a lot of new developments. The industry did so while grappling with several of its chronic headaches such as workforce shortages and […]