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  1. Survey finds nearly half of American therapy patients worry about affording treatment

    A survey conducted by VeryWell Mind found that affording treatment is a significant concern to 49 percent of those surveyed. Almost all of that 49 percent said they would have to discontinue treatment if their out-of-pocket costs were to increase. Over one-third of patients surveyed who used to be in therapy stopped because of cost-related reasons.
  2. Talkspace Q1 earnings: 4 things to know

    Mobile therapy company Talkspace had a strong first quarter, according to a transcription of its earnings call recorded by SeekingAlpha.
  3. South Carolina to raise school counselor reimbursement rates

    South Carolina Health and Human Services Director Robert Kerr is looking to raise insurance reimbursement rates for in-school therapists, in the hopes that it enables districts to hire more counselors, The State reported May 9.

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  1. Florida hospital planning $30M behavioral health unit

    Pensacola, Fla.-based Baptist Hospital is planning a $30 million behavioral health unit, Pensacola News Journal reported May 9.
  2. 10 recent payer moves in behavioral health 

    Health insurance companies have invested millions of dollars in behavioral health programs and technologies recently.
  3. New York hospital closing adolescent mental health unit

    Schenectady, N.Y.-based Ellis Hospital temporarily closed its inpatient adolescent mental health unit due to workforce shortages, ABC affiliate News10 reported April 30.
  4. Washington stops placement of minors at behavioral health hospital over unsafe environment

    Kirkland, Wash.-based Fairfax Behavioral Health Hospital is blocked from admitting new patients younger than 18 until unsafe conditions are addressed, the state health department said April 27.

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  1. No privacy? Mental health apps 'operate like data-sucking machines'

    According to a new study from researchers at Mozilla, mental health apps have worse privacy protections than most other types of apps, The Verge reported May 2.
  2. Oregon behavioral health center lands $2.6M federal funding, set to open in fall 

    Multnomah County (Ore.) Health Department landed $2.6 million in federal funding for a new behavioral health center in Portland, NBC affiliate KGW8 reported April 17.
  3. States with the most in-network therapists

    Rhode Island is the state with the highest percentage of private practice therapists who are in-network with at least one insurance panel, according to a study by behavioral health site Zencare.
  4. States with the fewest in-network therapists

    Kansas is the state with the lowest percentage of private practice therapists who are in-network with at least one insurance panel, according to a study by behavioral health site Zencare.

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  1. HHS launches maternal mental health hotline

    The Department of Health and Human Services is launching a confidential, toll-free hotline for new and expecting mothers, the department said May 6 in an email shared with Becker's.
  2. Mental health startup raises $10M to help providers with administrative load

    Behavioral health startup Heard gained $10 million in series A funding, GeekWire reported May 6.
  3. Startup raises $42M to link behavioral health services to primary care practices

    Behavioral health startup Concert Health secured $42 million in series B funding, including from Chicago-based CommonSpirit Health and Altamonte Springs, Fla.-based Advent Health.
  4. Michigan nonprofit opens region's first virtual behavioral health urgent care

    Bloomfield Hills, Mich.-based crisis services agency Common Ground is opening the region's first virtual behavioral health urgent care, Detroit Free Press reported April 25.
  5. Mental healthcare in Michigan growing more affordable with reforms

    Michigan residents are seeing more accessible and more affordable mental healthcare opportunities thanks to Medicaid expansion, COVID-19 pandemic reforms and a new pilot program with the federal and state governments, MLive reported April 30.
  6. Digital mental healthcare startups raised $5.1B in 2021

    Digital health startups focused on mental healthcare raised the most money out of any clinical healthcare startups in 2021 and nearly doubled year-over-year funding, according to Rock Health.
  7. 10 least expensive states for therapy

    Idaho has the lowest therapy session fees of any state, on average, according to a study by behavioral health site Zencare.
  8. 10 most expensive states for therapy

    New York is the most expensive state for average therapy fees, according to a study by behavioral health site Zencare.
  9. New NYC behavioral health clinic lands $425K federal grant

    New York City-based Interfaith Medical Center received a $425,000 federal grant for its newly renovated behavioral health clinic, Brooklyn Paper reported April 18.

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