Elements Behavioral Acquires Mississippi's COPAC  E-mail
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09/14/2014 -ATIN - Continuing on its red hot acquisition streak, this time buying one of the pioneers of high-quality private addiction treatment in the Deep South, private equity-backed Elements Behavioral has bought Jackson, MS-area COPAC, which in recent years has expanded its facilities and program offerings greatly. The COPAC buy was announced in a press release late last week and the move comes on the heels earlier this year of Elements' purchase of Pennsylvania's Clarity Way, one of a group of private addiction treatment centers that has formed a small addiction treatment "hub" in Eastern Pennsylvania.

Big Growth

From its original location in a musty converted motel 35 years ago, under the leadership of Dr. Stacey Hughes, who told Treatment Magazine he was looking forward to retirement and spending time with his grandchildren, a group of physician-in-recovery owners have grown COPAC into arguably the leading treatment facility in the Deep South. The new COPAC campus sits on 23 acres about 20 minutes outside of Jackson, MS. Over the last few years, the center has expanded to include detox, primary treatment through gender-specific campuses, partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient programs.  COPAC accepts dual diagnosis clients and has tracks for individuals with eating disorders, sexual compulsivity and compulsive gambling. It also offers a professionals program.

A Careful Sale

In an example of the dedication of the physician owners to COPAC and its employees and its treatment modalities and underlying philosophies, Dr. Hughes said COPAC principals spent a full year vetting and getting to know Elements CEO David Sack and his top lieutenants like Keith Arnold before making a decision to sell to Elements. In a prepared statement, Dr. Hughes said: "After my partners and I were approached by Elements, we learned how it could take COPAC to the next level by providing clinical, marketing and financial resources that we didn't have."


In an interview with Treatment Magazine, Elements EVP Keith Arnold said that COPAC has 6 detox beds and 130 treatment beds, 75 of which are on the men's campus and 55 on the women's campus. COPAC also has an IOP operation which has a maximum capacity of 30 clients at any given time. Arnold said that COPAC believes strongly in the "step down" model of care, but does not have any sober living beds of its own but instead works closely with a group of vetted sober living operators in the Jackson area and, indeed, nationwide since COPAC has over the years had clients from all 50 states and 14 foreign countries.

(Editor's Note: Mr. Arnold called Treatment Magazine this afternoon with some COPAC metrics info, which Treatment Magazine published, and in a later email Mr. Arnold corrected some of those metrics, which explains the difference between the two versions of the story)

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