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  1. Private equity-backed firm picks up 9 behavioral clinics in Texas, Southeast

    Baton Rouge, La.-based Beacon Behavioral Health Partners has added nine new behavioral clinics to its practice. 
  2. Michigan hospitals get $50M for pediatric behavioral health, other projects

    Three Michigan hospitals will get $50 million from the DeVos family foundation for behavioral health and other care for children, MLive reported Feb. 19. 
  3. 5 behavioral health goals for 2024 from The Joint Commission

    The Joint Commission has named five behavioral patient safety goals for 2024.

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  1. Psychiatrist pay by state

    Here is the average annual pay for psychiatrists in each state, according to the most recently available data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, released April 25, 2023:
  2. Youth detox facility to open in New Mexico

    Serenity Mesa Youth Recovery Center in Albuquerque, N.M., is looking to open a youth detox center, ABC affiliate KOAT reported Feb. 18. 
  3. Connecticut psychiatric hospital adds ketamine treatment for depression

    Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan, Conn., has added a ketamine treatment program for patients with treatment-resistant depression.
  4. More kids prescribed multiple psychiatric drugs: Study

    More young people are being prescribed multiple classes of psychiatric drugs at the same time, a study published Feb. 16 in JAMA Network Open found. 

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  1. Bureau of Indian Education launches mental health call line for students, teachers

    The Bureau of Indian Education has launched a 24/7 mental health support line for students and teachers at bureau-funded schools and programs.
  2. Construction begins on Acadia-led Florida behavioral health hospital

    Orlando Health and Franklin, Tenn.-based Acadia Healthcare have broken ground on a new 144-bed behavioral health hospital in Apopka, Fla.
  3. 'Has just failed to deliver': Maryland replaces Optum, awards $340M behavioral contract to Elevance

    Maryland has selected Elevance Health's Carelon to administer mental health and substance use disorder services under its public behavioral health system, which is currently administered by UnitedHealth's Optum. Optum did not submit a bid to be considered for the new contract.
  4. New York City sues social media companies over youth mental health

    The city of New York has filed a lawsuit against Meta Platforms, Alphabet, Snap and TikTok owner ByteDance, alleging the social media companies have contributed to the youth mental health crisis, The Wall Street Journal reported Feb. 14.

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  1. Florida looks to open designated behavioral health teaching hospitals

    The Florida State Senate moved forward with a plan Feb. 13 that would designate $114 million to behavioral health teaching hospitals across the state, PBS affiliate WUFT reported Feb. 15.
  2. Bill to fund 4 behavioral teaching hospitals advances in Florida

    Proposed legislation would designate four behavioral health teaching hospitals in Florida, the Tampa Bay Business Journal reported Feb. 14. 
  3. 5 new behavioral health projects, programs in 2 weeks

    Here are five new behavioral health projects and programs that Becker's has reported on so far in February:
  4. University Hospitals names behavioral health director

    Jeanne Lackamp, MD, has been named director of the University Hospitals Behavioral Health Institute, in addition to appointments as psychiatrist in chief and chair of the department of psychiatry for UH.
  5. Behavioral health private equity activity declined in 2023

    Overall healthcare-focused private equity activity saw a 16.2% year-over-year decrease in 2023, according to PitchBook's "Healthcare Services Report" published Feb. 8.
  6. Acadia plans 144-bed Florida hospital

    Franklin, Tenn.-based Acadia Healthcare purchased $9 million worth of land in St. Johns, Fla., with plans to build a 144-bed hospital, the Jacksonville Daily Record reported Feb. 13. 
  7. Mental health services administrator gets prison for fraud

    A program administrator for a Washington, D.C.-based mental health services provider was sentenced to five years in prison for a Medicaid fraud scheme.  
  8. Interagency Council on Homelessness meets on mental health

    The U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness met this month to discuss the intersectional needs of homeless people experiencing mental health and substance use disorders.
  9. WellSpan partners with virtual care company to expand behavioral health services

    WellSpan Health has formed a partnership with virtual care company KeyCare to expand into virtual behavioral health and primary care services.

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