ST. PAUL, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Meridian Behavioral Health has announced it has affiliated with Valhalla Place, the state’s largest MAT program. The combination with Valhalla significantly expands the number of clients receiving care under Meridian’s MAT programming and helps establish the company as a leader helping to meet a critical need to treat opiate addiction.
“Valhalla Place is widely respected in the MAT segment and we look forward to extending Valhalla’s responsive care model,” said Fran Sauvageau, President and CEO of Meridian. “This combination not only allows us to expand our MAT services to meet the growing need posed by the opiate epidemic, but it is a perfect fit for us and really supports Meridian’s one size does not fit all approach to addiction treatment.”
Tim Rosengren, Founder and CEO of Valhalla Place shared, “We spent a great deal of time – and looked long and hard – to find the right partner that would allow our legacy of great client care to continue. We are thrilled that the Valhalla Place name will continue, and firmly believe the company will be in great hands with the Meridian team, and together we can expand access to critically needed care to treat opiate addiction.”
Combined, Meridian will be the chosen care provider for more than 10,000 clients annually across its 19 campuses including residential, outpatient and MAT. At a time when the region suffers from a shortage of behavioral healthcare services, Meridian continues to invest in new facilities and programs. It also recently invested in a new facility in Rochester, Minnesota, named Oakridge Treatment Center. Oakridge will offer residential care for men in a 70-bed campus set to open this fall. Consistent with their other campuses, Oakridge will provide a holistic, individualized approach to care. Prior to this, Meridian opened Beauterre Recovery Institute, an innovative 60-bed, co-ed, residential addiction facility for adults and licensed professionals in Owatonna, Minnesota.
Chuck Hilger, Vice President of MAT Services, will be overseeing the company’s combined MAT campuses. Chuck was formerly Executive Director and Vice President of Valhalla Place. “Chuck has an impressive track record of guiding strategic growth in the MAT segment,” Fran Sauvageau shared. “He was a critical addition to our team as we seek to expand services to help address the growing opiate epidemic facing our communities nationally.”
About Meridian Behavioral Health
Meridian Behavioral Health is one of the leading behavioral healthcare providers in the region. The company provides care to individuals suffering from substance use disorders with co-occurring mental illness across its extensive network of residential, outpatient and medication-assisted treatment campuses. For more than 25 years, Meridian has developed and refined an innovative, evidence-based approach to care focused on the addictive disease treatment model. Visit www.meridianprograms.com or call 1.877.367.1715.