Headway Co-Founder Starts New Youth Mental Health Biz; Amwell Co-CEO Steps Down

Headway founder leads new startup  Headway founder Jake Sussman is heading up a new youth-focused behavioral health startup, according to TechCrunch. The new venture, Marble, provides virtual therapy for teens with a licensed therapist. The company promises to get patients an appointment within four days. It also accepts “all insurances”—including Medicaid. The provider offers individual […]

Employees Overwhelmingly Want Mental Health Benefits But Impact Still Unclear

Employer mental health companies have flooded the behavioral health startup market. This comes as employees now say behavioral health benefit programs are crucial for establishing positive workplace environments.  Conflicting research, however, makes it unclear how effective these plans are in practice. Further, with the market for employer mental health plans becoming increasingly saturated, only the […]

Bipartisan Bill Would Expand Behavioral Telehealth Services For Rural Americans

Rural residents often face obstacles in finding health care resources. Many access mental health care via their primary care providers rather than behavioral health clinicians.  A new bipartisan bill, titled the Home-Based Telemental Health Care Act, aims to increase rural residents’ access to virtual mental health and substance use disorder (SUD) treatment services by authorizing […]

Post-Election Cycle, IMD Exclusion Remains a Divisive Behavioral Health Issue

Arguably one of the most polarizing issues concerning behavioral health for years — and perhaps decades — has been the restriction on federal funds for psychiatric institutions holding a certain number of inpatient beds. The prohibition on so-called “institutes of mental diseases” (IMD) is better known as the IMD exclusion and has been in place […]

[UPDATED] Biden Makes Behavioral Moves As Stakeholders Push for Policies to Improve Equity, Innovation

When President Joe Biden was first elected, behavioral health stakeholders predicted he would usher in a number of positive changes for the industry. Now that Biden has officially stepped into office, his administration has already made moves to alter multiple behavioral health policies — for the better or worse of providers. Recently, the Biden administration […]

From Medicaid Changes to Parity Enforcement: What a Biden Administration Means for Behavioral Health

It seems America has spoken: Joe Biden will be the next president of the United States.  While it’s still too early to know exactly what Biden’s policy platform will look like, experts anticipate the new administration will usher in a number of positive changes for the behavioral health industry. “Biden and his history indicate that […]

In the Pipeline: New Substance Abuse Facilities; University Breaks Ground on Equine IDD Research Center

Opened NAMI chapter opens new center The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) chapter in Sandusky County, Ohio has opened a drop-in center in Fremont. The clinic will be open for three hours a day and will have mental health professionals available to provide consultation services, as reported by Toledo TV station WTOL. The new […]

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. […]