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  1. California county names behavioral health director

    Alison Burrowes has been appointed director of Kern County (Calif.) Behavioral Health and Recovery Services, CBS affiliate KBAK reported Jan. 11.
  2. New York plans $50M behavioral bed expansion

    New York Gov. Kathy Hochul has announced the availability of $50 million to expand inpatient behavioral health services across the state.
  3. Behavioral health clinic opens in Tennessee

    Colorado Springs, Colo.-based Family Care Center has opened a new outpatient mental health clinic in Murfreesboro, Tenn. 

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  1. Not enough providers for CMS' Medicare Advantage behavioral health proposal, groups say

    CMS proposed new behavioral network adequacy standards for Medicare Advantage plans, but some groups are concerned there aren't enough providers to meet them. 
  2. Joint Commission reaccredits Eleanor Slater Hospital

    Eleanor Slater Hospital, with campuses in Cranston and Burrillville, R.I., has regained accreditation from The Joint Commission three years after an unannounced review found patient safety and documentation issues. However, staffing issues remain, the Northern Rhode Island News reported.
  3. Virginia hospital to open inpatient psychiatric unit in 2025

    Chesapeake (Va.) Regional Medical Center plans to open a 20-bed inpatient psychiatric unit by November of 2025, according to The Virginian-Pilot. 
  4. The cost of a psychologist visit by state

    Iowa is the most affordable state to see a psychologist, while Alaska is the most expensive state, according to data from insurance company Sidecar Health.

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  1. Youth mental health facility to open in Tennessee

    Mountain Youth Academy is opening a new youth mental health facility in Mountain City, Tenn., CBS and ABC affiliate WJHL reported Jan. 10.
  2. Pediatric behavioral health center to open in Maryland

    Mount St. Mary's University in Emmitsburg, Md., has received a $1 million grant for its School of Health Professions, which will house a pediatric behavioral health center.
  3. ADHD medication use surged during pandemic — did TikTok play a role?

    Prescriptions for stimulant and non-stimulant ADHD treatments surged during the COVID-19 pandemic even as use of other psychiatric medications stayed relatively flat, a study published Jan. 10 in JAMA Psychiatry found. 
  4. Meta plans new mental health protections for teens

    Meta is implementing more features to direct teenagers to mental health resources and hide potentially sensitive content on Facebook and Instagram.

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  1. Representatives partner on mental health facility bill

    Two representatives have partnered on a bipartisan bill that would allow inpatient psychiatric hospitals to apply for mortgage assistance.
  2. Mental Health Association of Central Florida to offer free services

    The Mental Health Association of Central Florida has begun offering free services for uninsured children and teenagers, NBC affiliate WESH reported Jan. 9. 
  3. Virginia launches behavioral health office

    The Virginia Department of Education has established the Office of Behavioral Health and Wellness.
  4. Utah looks to make licensing easier for behavioral health professionals

    Utah Gov. Spencer Cox is looking to make it easier for behavioral health professionals to become licensed in the state, KSL reported Jan. 9.
  5. New York plans Medicaid overhaul: 3 behavioral health changes to note

    CMS approved New York state's request for a sweeping Medicaid waiver Jan. 9, which will put $7.5 billion over three years to the state's healthcare system. 
  6. Ascension, Acadia plan joint venture to expand behavioral services

    Franklin, Tenn.-based Acadia Healthcare and St. Louis-based Ascension are planning a joint venture to expand behavioral health capacity in Texas. 
  7. Opioid treatment center opens in Ohio

    The Community Health Alliance has opened an opioid treatment center in Middletown, Ohio, ABC affiliate WPCO reported Jan. 8.
  8. California city launches mobile mental health unit

    Santa Monica, Calif., has launched its mobile mental health unit program for city residents, The Santa Monica Daily Press reported Jan. 9.
  9. Why addiction treatment for teens is expensive, hard to find

    Residential addiction treatment for teenagers is difficult to come by despite demand, according to a study published Jan. 8 in Health Affairs.

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