Behavioral Health Group acquires Wellness Ambulatory Care

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In response to the continuing opioid crisis in the U.S., Behavioral Health Group announced it has acquired Wellness Ambulatory Care in Knoxville, Tenn., to expand its operational footprint and service lines.

BHG, the largest network of accredited outpatient opioid treatment and recovery centers in the United States, acquired the company to expand its range of mental health services through general psychiatric services for patients with anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and other mental health disorders. Wellness Ambulatory Care will become BHG Medical Services – Knoxville.

“In a 2018 study by the Kaiser Family Foundation, the state of Tennessee ranked 11th in states reporting past year opioid use disorder. That means some 56,000 Tennesseans were already aware that they had OUD, and another 120,000 adults reported needing but not receiving treatment for illicit drug use that same year,” Jay Higham, BHG Chief Executive Officer, said. “This is a growing epidemic, and we need to act decisively to save our communities.

The two providers said their treatment delivery methods complement each other.

“We knew that there was strong clinical alignment philosophically,” said Clifford Davidson, MD of Wellness Ambulatory Care. “We were impressed with BHG’s patient-centered, comprehensive approach to opioid treatment. BHG is a recognized leader in Opioid Treatment Programs, so it makes sense to look at a combination of clinical operating models when considering patient access to care. Our experience delivering general psychiatric services to a broader range of patients is an enhancement to BHG’s clinical model and enables us to deliver life-saving and life-changing treatment here in Tennessee.”

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