Accanto Health Launches New Hybrid Mental Health Service “Gather Behavioral Health”
Accanto Health, which is best known for its eating disorder treatment services, is launching a new outpatient, virtual mental health treatment service, Gather Behavioral Health.
This news comes as hybrid mental health services have continued to grow in popularity in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Gather will provide care for depression, anxiety, trauma, PTSD and eating disorders.
Gather launches in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Patients can choose in-person or virtual outpatient visits.
Going forward, the company plans to expand into the Midwest, Southeast, and Northwest. The next step for the company is expansion into Ohio, Washington, Virginia, North Carolina and Georgia, according to its webpage.
“We are pleased to provide compassionate outpatient care for people struggling with behavioral health issues,” Dirk Miller, executive chairman, founder and therapist of Gather Behavioral Health, said in a statement. “It is becoming increasingly difficult for people to access outpatient services, which is heartbreaking because so much of recovery happens at the outpatient level. We live our lives as “outpatients”. Our community of practitioners at Gather will be able to meet clients where they are and provide exceptional psychotherapy, nutritional counseling and support on an ongoing basis.
Gather is currently recruiting more therapists. It seeks to incentivize therapists with virtual and in-person options.
Accanto was formed after eating disorder providers The Emily Program and Veritas Collaborative merged.
Private equity firm Vestar Capital Partners backed Veritas Collaborative, and the Emily program is backed by TT Capital Partners, the PE arm of Triple Tree Holdings. As of 2021, it had over 20 locations in 7 states.
A growing number of hybrid mental health services have appeared on the market in recent years.
For example, in 2021, private equity firm KKR announced the creation of Geode Health. The company partners with psychiatrists, psychologists and therapists to offer in-person and virtual care for patients.