Author: Joy Riddle


Meridian’s CEO Retiring After 36 Years of Service

Longtime executive, at the largest comprehensive provider of mental health and substance use disorder treatment services in North Central Florida, will step down. Gainesville, Fla. – Meridian’s President and CEO Maggie Labarta Ph.D. gave her official retirement notice to Meridian’s Board of Directors on April 8, 2019. After 18 years leading the healthcare provider headquartered …

Ocala Summit Addresses Opioid Addiction Treatment Gaps

By Carlos E. Medina April 4, 2019 Panel: Behavioral health requires a more holistic approach to get people help earlier and reduce crisis situations. Much of the focus on opioid addiction over the last couple of years has been on the immediate goal of reducing the number of overdoses and deaths due to heroin. While …

Developing Case Rates? Better Find Your ‘Single Source of Truth’

Executive Briefing 02/28/2019 11:00 pm ET Developing Case Rates? Better Find Your ‘Single Source Of Truth’ By Sarah C. Threnhauser, MPA Knowing how to develop bundled payments and case rates is an executive team skill set that will become more important as value-based reimbursement models mature. While the majority of VBR contracts remain in fee-for-service …

Notable Community Leaders Recognized for Achievements At Meridian’s Annual Board Meeting

Fact: Meridian Behavioral Healthcare, Inc. was named a top three nonprofit of the year by the Gainesville Chamber of Commerce for 2018. Gainesville, Fla. – At Santa Fe’s Fine Arts Hall, before an audience of 120, which included many of North Central Florida’s notable community leaders, Meridian Behavioral Healthcare held its annual awards ceremony, honoring the …

LifeStream To Provide Children/Youth Mobile Crisis Teams

Lutheran Services of Florida Health Systems awarded LifeStream Behavioral Center the contract to provide Children/Youth Mobile Crisis Response Teams (MCR) to Citrus, Lake, and Sumter Counties. MCR Teams are a 24 -hour, 7 day per week service that provides assistance for mental health and substance abuse crises for children, adolescents and young adults up to …

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