UnitedHealth acquires 10 Minnesota behavioral health clinics

UnitedHealth Group's Optum has acquired Plymouth, Minn.-based CARE Counseling, the Star Tribune reported May 23. 

CARE Counseling has 10 locations in the Minneapolis area, and employs over 200 clinicians. 

"Expanding and diversifying our behavioral health care delivery capabilities through this combination will build on a strong foundation of patient-centered, high-quality and affordable care in an environment that supports and enables the talented clinicians delivering these critical services," UnitedHealth Group told the Star Tribune. "We look forward to working with CARE Counseling to build on their deep roots in the community."

The deal is Minnetonka-Minn.-based UnitedHealth Group's largest acquisition in its hometown market in several years, according to the Star Tribune. 

Optum owns two other mental health practices in Minnesota, part of Refresh Mental Health, according to the Star Tribune. The company acquired Refresh Mental Health from private equity firm Kelso & Co. in 2022. The group has more than 300 locations in 37 states. 

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