Meridian Behavioral Health Buys New Beginnings Minnesota

Following the purchase, Meridian became the state’s largest behavioral health service provider based on staff and network size.

Meridian Behavioral Health Buys New Beginnings Minnesota
New Brighton-based mental health and addiction service network Meridian Behavioral Health announced Wednesday its acquisition of New Beginnings Minnesota, an alcohol and drug treatment system with seven locations throughout the state.
The purchase is Meridian’s third this year and brings its network of inpatient and outpatient centers to over 30 across five states, making it one of the nation’s fastest-growing behavioral health and addiction providers. Upwards of 13,000 patients are said to receive recovery treatment from Meridian facilities each year.
With new locations from the acquisition, Meridian’s staff has grown to over 1,200 total employees, making it the largest provider of behavioral health services in Minnesota, said Meridian.
“Bringing New Beginnings into the Meridian family is a tremendous source of personal and professional pride for me and the entire Meridian team,” said Meridian CEO Fran Sauvageau in a statement. “Their patient-centric approach to recovery aligns perfectly with the values of our own care model and provides Minnesotans greater access to a full continuum of care through our residential, outpatient and medication-assisted therapy services.”
New Beginnings’ headquarters is based one hour west of the Twin Cities in Waverly on a property once owned by former U.S. senator and vice president Hubert Humphrey. The treatment provider’s six outpatient facilities are located in Minnetonka, Elk River, Litchfield, Olivia, St. Peter and Worthington.
“As the epidemic of addiction continues to ravage our communities, healthcare providers need every tool available to help patients restore their lives,” said Lane Elmer, CEO of New Begginings, in a statement. “Combining forces with Meridian allows us to expand that toolset and continue our 35-year history of helping patients achieve life-long recovery.”
Details of the transaction were not disclosed.
For more information on how opioids and other drugs are affecting workplaces, particularly in Minnesota, read the cover story from TCB’s October issue, “The Workforce’s Hidden Addicts.”
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