Report: Hospital builder hits regulatory snags

A Tennessee company that is building Miramont Behavioral Health, a 72-bed psychiatric hospital in Middleton, has encountered serious regulatory problems with projects in other states, according to a report in the Wisconsin State Journal.

Strategic Behavioral Health, a for-profit company in Memphis, has run into trouble in Nevada and Colorado following significant violations that the publication chronicled in 2018. It has reached the point where regulatory non-compliance is negatively impacting care, and state and federal officials have cut off payments and admissions at a psychiatric hospital in Las Vegas and have taken action to stop payments and revoke the license of a facility near Fort Collins, Colorado.

At this point, it’s unclear how Strategic Behavioral Health’s troubles will impact the Middleton facility, which is expected to open in the summer of 2020, but local mental health advocates are wary even while acknowledging the need for more psychiatric beds.