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South Bay in Massachusetts acquired by private equity

April 25, 2012
by Nick Zubko, Associate Editor
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South Bay Mental Health Center, Brockton, Mass., has been acquired by Community Intervention Services, Inc., a new portfolio of global private equity investment firm H.I.G. Growth Partners. South Bay was founded by Dr. Peter Scanlon in 1986 as a single facility focused on delivering outpatient mental health services to children and families.

Over the past 26 years, Scanlon has grown the operation into the largest provider of outpatient, community-based behavioral health services in the region, and will remain with South Bay as both Chief Clinical Officer and a member of the Board of Directors following the acquisition.

South Bay currently offers a full continuum of clinical services to both children and adults through a network of 15 outpatient clinics across 12 markets and employs a staff of over 500 counselors, social workers, specialty therapists and developmental educators who provide treatment services to over 30,000 patients per year.

“I am very excited about the partnership with both Kevin Sheehan and H.I.G. and believe that our company will benefit greatly from their involvement,” said Scanlon. “Their extensive operational expertise and ability to invest additional capital will enable us to accelerate growth and more importantly expand the delivery of care to our target patient base.”

Kevin Sheehan, CEO of CIS, noted that South Bay represents a "strong initial platform with an excellent reputation with its payors, referral sources and clients, as well a demonstrated history of clinical success."

"We have a high degree of confidence in our ability to accelerate the growth of South Bay and ultimately build CIS into a leading national provider of diversified behavioral health and substance abuse services through de novo expansion and additional acquisitions,” Sheehan said. 

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Private equity is investing a community mental health center? That seems unusual!!

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