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Public Centers Face Big Workforce Woes, Privates Less So  E-mail
July 2006
Gateway Foundation, based in Chicago, is one of the leading publicly funded treatment providers in the nation. The non-profit has annual revenues of almost $65 million and operations in seven states, as well as a superb reputation for delivering high quality treatment in both community and correctional settings. With its great reputation, financial and institutional stability, as well as excellent opportunities for advancement in a high growth environment, you would think that Gateway would have no trouble recruiting top quality counseling talent to join its 1,200 strong workforce. Think again.
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A New Treatment Center Rises in the South
July 2006

Fernwood CenterDr. Richard Metier is a veteran psychiatrist, working for years in one of the South's most storied healthcare institutions, Ochsner Health System in Louisiana. Throughout his career at Ochsner, Dr. Metier had the chance to view first hand the ravages of addiction, treating many patients who were victims of the disease, and of co-occurring disorders as well. "It isn't just the patients I had over years," says Dr. Metier, who recently retired.

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Netsmart Gets Into Training
July 2006

NetsmartAlready the nation's largest behavioral health IT provider through its ownership of the former Creative Socio-Medics, last year Netsmart Technologies acquired CMHC Systems, which had been the second largest provider, renaming the new enterprise using the corporate moniker, Netsmart. While the CMHC deal got the most attention, it was not by any means acquisitive Netsmart's only transaction in 2005. The company's purchase of behavioral health online staff training and management systems provider Continued Learning happened much more under the radar, but nevertheless could eventually turn out to be just as important to Netsmart's future growth.

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Business and Clinical Innovator
July 2006

Terry Bruce, founder of ARCA GeorgiaIn the late 1990s, Terry Bruce was fed up, and more than a little bit desperate. A member of her immediate family, someone she loved and cherished greatly, had just finished yet another traditional treatment program and had, yet again, promptly relapsed. "I wanted to help them, but what we had been doing didn't appear to be working. I resolved to find out whether there was an alternative that could help my loved one."

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Hythiam's Bold Bet
July 2006
On an airplane one day, Terren Peizer was reading about addiction and, as he read, becoming more and more interested. “Realizing how few of the affected were being treated, I saw a big potential opportunity,” he said. Upon further research, the Wall Street financier turned entrepreneur was also struck by something else: uneven treatment outcomes. It seemed to Peizer that there had to be a way to improve outcomes in the treatment industry. Given his experience in the pharmaceuticals business - Peizer is formerly president of Hollis-Eden Pharmaceuticals and the founder of biotech concern Clearant Inc. - his interest naturally tended toward the physiology of the disease.
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Innoculating Addiction
May 2006

When most people think of vaccines they think of protection against viral types of diseases, protection that is brought about by small scale introduction of viruses into the bloodstream, a process that ultimately builds the antibodies needed in the body to produce immunity. And, indeed, this has traditionally been the mechanism and purpose behind vaccination since its widespread use began over 100 years ago.

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Vivitrol Approved  E-mail
May 2006

For clinicians in the behavioral health fields, the issue of medication non-compliance has been one that has dogged practitioners for decades. Studies have shown that failure to comply with medication regimens, both in psychiatric and physical medicine, is among the leading causes of treatment failure...

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California's Prop 36: Treating Addiction Instead of Jail
April 2006

Five years ago, Californians voted Proposition 36 in by an overwhelming 61 percent margin, passing into state law one of the most enlightened reform efforts with respect to the problem of addiction in many decades. Alarmed at the relentless, and very expensive, growth in prison building in the state, voters correctly identified the problem as being one in which large numbers of drug users were being warehoused in jail as a result of misguided punitive approaches to addiction.

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Youth Addiction Treatment Pioneer
April 2006

At the turn of the last century, northern Illinois was a hotbed of juvenile justice reform and of the now famous Progressive Movement, which within the justice system sought to apply the newly emerging social and psychological sciences to bring about enlightened reform. The core principal of the northern Illinois reformers - people like Julia Lathrop, Florence Kelly and Jane Addams - was that the justice system should not just meet out punishment, but should also be an instrument of treatment and rehabilitation.

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Hythiam Soars: Prometa’s Promise Drives Stock Higher
April 2006

After hitting the addiction treatment scene a little over two years ago with a protocol aimed at treating the physiological elements of the disease of addiction, Hythiam has generated a lot of interest and attention, as well as a fair degree of skepticism. Hythiam says its Prometa protocol, formerly marketed as the HANDS protocol, substantially reduces craving in patients suffering from alcohol, cocaine and methamphetamine addiction, as well as producing other beneficial physiological effects that lead to quicker recovery of cognitive functions, especially during the early often acute phase of patient treatment.

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Internet Becomes Major Industry Patient Acquisition Channel
March 2006
In a previous incarnation, Howard Brown was a real estate developer in the Los Angeles area, a pursuit that ultimately left him dissatisfied and wanting more. Brown became a family and marriage counselor, eventually turning his attention to behavioral health opportunities on the Internet. He ultimately created 4therapy.com, a network of hundreds of behavioral health and addiction web sites. With over 200,000 pages of content, 4therapy has emerged as probably the most sophisticated Internet marketing operation in the treatment and mental health arenas.
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Good BADd Habit
February 2006

Located on the scenic Olympic Peninsula about an hour north of Seattle, WA, Gray Wolf Ranch, a treatment center with a substantial wilderness bent founded nine years ago by recovering entrepreneur Peter Boeschenstein, provides the ideal recovery environment for its youthful clients.

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Private Equity Descends on Addiction Treatment Centers
February 2006

With the potential to transform the private side of the treatment business, some of the nation's biggest moneyed players are descending on the industry. So far, these wellheeled investors have been mostly focusing on top-flight marquee properties, with last year's quick sales of Sierra Tucson - first by Bill O’Donnell and partners to CRC Health Group and then by CRC when it sold itself to Bain Capital -- being a prime example.

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BHOPB Gets Affordable
January 2006

Over the last fifteen years, Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches, BHOPB, founder Don Mullaney has built his South Florida treatment center into one of the most thriving facilities in the nation. As the operation has grown, one key focus has always been on adding treatment services that offered some benefit from a continuum of care perspective.

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Highest of High-End
January 2006
While working as a high-powered agent at Creative Artists Agency, CAA, one of the largest and most influential talent agencies in Hollywood, Laurie Perlman, now Dr. Laurie Ann Levin after her marriage to media titan Gerald Levin, had an experience that would inform her and her career forever. After working with Madonna throughout much of the early, and most controversial, years of the pop icon’s career, Dr. Levin had an epiphany: “At some point I realized that what was behind Madonna’s success was the fact that she was driven by an overarching goal that was over and above the satisfaction and aggrandizement of her own ego.”
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Halfway House Battle
January 2006

Over the past couple of decades, as South Florida has grown into one of private addiction treatment's leading regions, so too has the ancillary business of providing sober living facilities and services boomed. Not only is the sober house business highly profitable in and of itself, but it has provided an ideal way in which to finance entrepreneurial participation in South Florida's red hot real estate market, where housing prices have doubled and tripled over the past decade.

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Public Agency Rollup
January 2006

While most of the attention recently in the addiction treatment business has been focused on consolidation in the private side of the treatment industry, with the huge deals undertaken over the last year by CRC Health Group CEO Barry Karlin grabbing headlines, there has been a quiet consolidation movement underway on the publicly funded side of the treatment business that could very well have a much more far reaching impact overall on the addiction treatment industry.

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CeDAR Set to Join Ranks of Prestige Players
October 2005
When the University of Colorado Hospital, UCH, was outgrowing its Downtown Denver location in 1990s, a happy constellation of events occurred that solved the renowned university hospital’s facilities problem. First, the closed Fitzsimons Army Base adjacent to Denver was offered to the hospital as a new campus, and then local philanthropist Philip Anschutz agreed to provide major funding for the move of the hospital’s main campus and the construction of new facilities. Thus was born UCH’s $1.2 billion Fitzsimons Campus, and within it the Anschutz Center for Advanced Medicine.

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CRC On The Sell Side
October 2005
In its second blockbuster deal of the year, CRC Health Group announced in October that it is being acquired by private equity buyout powerhouse Bain Capital for a whopping $720 million, a deal that is the largest by far of any transacted in the history of the U.S. addiction treatment industry. The sale comes after CRC surprised the treatment community in May, when it announced it would buy venerable high-end Sierra Tucson for $130 million, which is itself the largest sum ever paid for a single treatment center.

 

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Sterling Risk: Insuring Addiction Treatment
July 2005

Several years ago, David Sterling approached the International Association for the Leisure and Entertainment Industries, IALEI, and made them a proposition: If the association would sponsor Sterling & Sterling Insurance to its members, his agency would work to lower industry insurance premiums. “It was a daunting task because the IALEI represents the family fun park business, which is loaded with risk,” said Sterling, whose Woodbury, NY agency writes $300 million a year in premiums. “These parks have got everything from mini-golf to bumper cars, and lots of kids running around.” But Sterling proved up to the task, netting the IALEI association membership premium cuts averaging about 25 percent.

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The CEOs Speak
June 2005
As the consolidation wave builds steam across the treatment business in coming years, the trend could have an impact on the relative position of the prestige non-profits - foundations like Hazelden, Caron and Betty Ford, - which over the past 50 years have played such a dominant role in the development of the industry and in bringing the issue of addiction before the general public.
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