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Elements Behavioral Health acquires the Right Step network

August 16, 2012
by Dennis Grantham, Editor-in-Chief
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Elements expands nationwide addiction treatment footprint into Texas, New Mexico

Elements Behavioral Health (Los Angeles), a provider of addiction and mental health treatment programs, announced that it has acquired the Right Step network of addiction treatment centers in Texas and New Mexico.

Founded almost 19 years ago by CEO George Joseph, the Right Step is a Joint-Commission accredited network of outpatient and inpatient addiction treatment centers in the Southwestern US. Its family of programs also includes Spirit Lodge, a high-end residential treatment center with panoramic vistas of the rolling hills outside Austin, Texas, and the newer, adventure-based San Cristobal addiction treatment center in Taos, NM, for males between the ages of 18 and 26.

The Right Step network offers a spectrum of care including:

·            medical detoxification

·            residential, day, and intensive outpatient addiction treatment

·            sober living

·            aftercare and alumni groups

Asked about what the decision to sell the Right Step network, which had grown into one of the largest private chemical dependency providers in the Southwest, Joseph told Behavioral Healthcare that it was a decision whose time had come. “I’ve been here for 18 years and 8 months, and I’ve always had a goal of working here for 20 years,” said Joseph, who added that the terms of the sale mean that he’ll be staying on for a minimum of two more years.

Noting that he has “had other offers over the years,” Joseph, who is also a prominent figure in the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP) and a 2009 Behavioral Healthcare Champion, said that he made the decision because he was “attracted to the [Elements] organization.” He added that hew wanted to assure that the mission and work he began at the Right Step would continue into the future. “I feel that it’s a good marriage. They’re great people and certainly among the biggest and brightest in the [addiction treatment] space.”

Keith Arnold, VP Operations for Elements Behavioral Health and previous Sierra Tucson Executive Director said, "We are looking forward to working with George's team and enhancing their comprehensive programming for the local community."

"We are thrilled to welcome Right Step into the Elements family of programs," said Dr. David Sack, CEO of Elements Behavioral Health. "George Joseph brings with him over two decades of experience delivering high-quality, affordable treatment to families and individuals in Texas. Right Step, Spirit Lodge, and San Cristobal will be an integral part of our mission to help individuals with substance abuse and emotional disorders create extraordinary lives."

The Right Step network will join an already diverse range of behavioral healthcare programs at Elements Behavioral Health. These programs, which offer treatment for substance abuse, sexual addiction, trauma, eating disorders and other mental health disorders are offered at Promises Treatment Centers (Malibu and Los Angeles, Calif.), The Sexual Recovery Institute (Los Angeles), The Ranch (Nunnelly, Tenn.) and The Recovery Place (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.).

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