OU Health Starts $141M Project; $71M Psychiatric Hospital To Open In Florida

OU Health breaks ground on $141M pediatric behavioral health center University of Oklahoma-affiliated system, OU Health, broke ground on a new 82-bed behavioral health project on Nov. 1. The facility will cost about $141 million and serve the pediatric population. It will be named the Oklahoma Children’s Hospital OU Health Behavioral Health Center and be […]

5 Behavioral Health Providers Tailoring Care to Specific Populations

It’s no secret that behavioral health is personal. Now, some providers are taking that one step further and catering their care to a specific group of patients. There’s been a rise in providers caring for a targeted population, including the BIPOC community, seniors, LGBTQ+ individuals and Gen Zers. These providers have prioritized tailoring programs to […]

Behavioral Health Industry Flexes Lobbying Muscles to Shape Policy

Behavioral health providers don’t have to accept the status quo when it comes to challenging state markets. Savvy operators can change fundamental aspects of the markets in which they operate through lobbying and advocacy. This is a right — and even civic obligation — for members of the public to push officials to make changes. […]

‘We Don’t Have Enough of an Infrastructure’: Psychiatric Hospitals Buckling Under Historic Pressure

Psychiatric hospitals are buckling under decades of financial pressure that increased following the onset of the pandemic. Discriminatory regulations, challenging payer relations and inflation have placed several psychiatric hospitals in untenable positions. A spate of facility closures in 2023 demonstrates that the pressure is proving too much. Industry insiders say that systemic changes can’t come […]

Acadia Healthcare Announces New 120-Bed Facility; Oceans Healthcare Partners with Ochsner Lafayette General

Monte Nido, Discovery Behavioral Health announced eating disorder treatment facilities Miami-based Monte Nido & Affiliates and Irvine, California-based Discovery Behavioral Health announced it is opening new facilities to treat eating disorders. Monte Nido, which specializes in eating disorder treatment and is among the largest in that space, announced in November two new facilities — a […]

Jeff Pritchard Takes on Oceans Healthcare’s Newly Minted COO Role

Jeff Pritchard started at the bottom of the ladder in addiction treatment. In the early 1990s, he worked as a behavioral health technician in Terra Alta, West Virginia — population: 1,713. Today, he’s the new chief operating officer for Oceans Healthcare LLC, a fast-growing Plano, Texas-based psychiatric and addiction treatment provider. He started the role […]

BayMark Health Services Expands Indiana Footprint with Purchase of Lucina Treatment Centers

Addiction treatment provider BayMark Health Services is expanding again via acquisition, as its affiliate AppleGate Recovery has purchased Indianapolis-based Lucina Treatment Centers. Established in 2016, Lucina operates five clinics for opioid use disorder (OUD) treatment throughout central and northeastern Indiana, which includes two locations in its Indianapolis homebase as well as three facilities in Kokomo, […]

Oceans Healthcare Gets New Investment From Webster Equity Partners as It Plans to Ramp Up Expansion

Behavioral health services provider Oceans Healthcare has launched a new capital partnership with Webster Equity Partners to accelerate its growth even further. Headquartered in Plano, Texas, the company operates 33 locations in Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi, which includes 23 inpatient hospital campuses and 20 intensive outpatient programs. Founded in 2004, Oceans initially targeted services to […]

Behavioral Health C-Suite 2022 Outlook: Payors Will Demand Quality Outcomes, Traditional Providers to Bridge Gap Between In-Person and Virtual

The year 2021 was defined by the many struggles that organizations had largely foisted on them directly or indirectly by the ups and downs of the coronavirus pandemic. But many providers learned how to adapt to the new normal and began to tackle the even bigger challenges that a changing industry leveled on behavioral health […]