‘It’s A Huge Deal’: Behavioral Health Stakeholders Praise New Mental Health Parity Rule

The public comment period hasn’t begun for the Biden administration’s recently published proposed mental health parity rule. But that hasn’t stopped a flood of commentary on the rule from entering the public sphere already. On July 25, the administration released a proposed rule that firms up mental health parity in terms of health plan’s compliance […]

Appeals Court Rules Against Plaintiffs in Wit v. United Behavioral Health

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the plaintiffs’ appeal in Wit v. United Behavioral Health. A three-judge panel released the ruling on Jan. 26. While the appeals court remanded the case to the district court, the move is seen as a blow to parity in behavioral health. “This decision is heartbreaking,” Marvin Ventrell, […]

Industry Applauds Tough Talk on Parity, Investment in Behavioral Health Workforce in Biden’s State of the Union

Pres. Joe Biden’s State of the Union address laid out a vision for addressing the ailing American mental health care system that was well-received by leaders and advocates in the behavioral health space. Several industry groups and executives in the space expressed their relief that addressing behavioral health — especially mental health and substance use […]

American Addiction Centers Taps Former Gateway Foundation Executive as New CEO

Multi-state treatment provider American Addiction Centers Holdings (AAC) has named Dr. Tom Britton as its new CEO. Britton comes to AAC from the Chicago-based Gateway Foundation. Britton had been president and CEO of Gateway – one of the largest non-profit addiction treatment providers in the nation – since 2015. “I am both humbled and excited […]

Opioid Settlements Mean More Money for SUD Treatment Providers — But Amount, Timeline Unclear

Earlier this summer, Johnson & Johnson and the country’s three major drug distributors reached a $26 billion settlement in a deal with the attorneys general of several states for their role in the opioid epidemic, which has killed hundreds of thousands Americans and left many more on the wrong side of debilitating addictions and other […]

Inequality Inspired Black Exec to Open SUD Clinic — But More Federal Help Needed to Generate Widespread Results

As overdose deaths have spiked amid the pandemic, Congress has authorized billions of dollars in the fight against substance use disorder (SUD). While the funding has been lauded by many for its potential to improve treatment access, others argue the federal government still hasn’t done enough to help the minority communities hardest hit by SUDs. […]

SUD Stakeholders Cautiously Optimistic About MAT Prescribing Flexibilities — But Are They Enough?

In late April, the Biden Administration announced new flexibilities to make it easier for eligible clinicians to prescribe the medication-assisted treatment (MAT) drug buprenorphine. The changes allow doctors and certain clinicians registered by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to automatically administer buprenorphine to up to 30 patients at a time. Previously, clinicians had […]