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  1. White House releases first-ever action plan for suicide prevention

    The Biden administration released the latest national strategy for suicide prevention along with the first-ever federal action plan to address the U.S.' mental health crisis.
  2. Texas plans $34M behavioral health campus

    Construction is set to begin on a $34 million, 32-bed behavioral health facility in Uvalde, Texas. 
  3. Texas mental health clinic owner gets prison for $15M fraud scheme

    The owner of a Houston-based mental health practice pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud through false claims to Medicare and kickbacks.

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  1. Employers launch campaign against proposed mental health parity rule

    A group representing large employers is launching a full-court press against proposed mental health parity standards, Politico reported April 22. 
  2. Unlicensed therapist gets prison time for fraud

    The owner of a Connecticut behavioral health practice was sentenced to 15 months in prison for billing Medicaid for thousands of services he and his staff were not licensed to provide. 
  3. 10 states with the best in-network parity for psychiatrists

    Nationwide, people with commercial insurance are nine times more likely to see a psychiatrist not in their insurer's network than a medical or surgical specialist. 
  4. Elevance awarded $400M California youth behavioral contract

    California has selected Elevance Health's Carelon Behavioral Health as the administrative services organization for the state's Child and Youth Behavioral Health Initiative, Open Minds reported in March.

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  1. 16 mental health clinics to open in New York City schools

    Sixteen school-based mental health clinics will open within the next six months to offer care to more than 6,000 New York City Public Schools students across the Bronx and Central Brooklyn.
  2. Lifepoint, Mercy Health break ground on joint venture behavioral hospital

    Construction is underway on a 72-bed behavioral facility in Youngstown, Ohio, as a joint venture between Mercy Health and Lifepoint Health. 
  3. Cigna puts $27M to youth mental health

    The Cigna Group will provide $27 million in grant funding for organizations improving youth mental health. 
  4. 10 states with least access to in-network psychiatrists

    Nationwide, people with commercial insurance are nine times more likely to see a psychiatrist not in their insurer's network than a medical or surgical specialist. 

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  1. Arizona psychiatric hospital taps CFO

    Phoenix-based Valley Hospital, a private psychiatric facility, has tapped Anna Hirsivara as CFO.
  2. Patients 4 times more likely to see out-of-network behavioral providers than medical providers

    Patients are more likely to seek care from out-of-network behavioral health providers than from out-of-network medical or surgical providers, a report from the Research Triangle Institute found. 
  3. Colorado psychiatric hospital faces closure

    Grand Junction, Colo.-based West Springs Hospital, a psychiatric facility part of Mind Springs Health, is facing possible closure due to persistent challenges like labor costs, staffing shortages, regulatory scrutiny, financial constraints, and compliance activity cost.
  4. Behavioral outpatient treatment center, training site opens in Florida

    A new outpatient treatment center in Tallahassee, Fla., will house Florida State University's psychiatry residency program. 
  5. Cerebral reaches $15M settlement with FTC over data privacy

    Behavioral telehealth company Cerebral will pay over $7 million of a $15 million settlement to resolve an investigation by the Federal Trade Commission into its privacy practices. 
  6. Court revives lawsuit challenging UnitedHealthcare's mental health parity

    A federal appeals court has revived a lawsuit alleging UnitedHealthcare applies more stringent standards to approving behavioral healthcare than comparable medical or surgical care. 
  7. No link between weight loss drugs and suicidal thoughts, EU concludes

    There is no link between GLP-1 medications and suicidal thoughts, according to the European Medicines Agency. 
  8. Union alleges Kaiser still committing behavioral health violations after settlement

    Kaiser Permanente is facing allegations from the National Union of Healthcare Workers that it improperly denied members mental healthcare. 
  9. Acadia opens 100-bed Arizona behavioral hospital

    Franklin, Tenn.-based Acadia Healthcare held a ribbon cutting April 11 to unveil its Agave Ridge Behavioral Hospital in Mesa, Ariz. 

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