Keystone Behavioral Health Announces Name Change 

Nashville, TN – September 17, 2021: Mike McCulla, CEO of Keystone Behavioral Health, announces name change to Acute Behavioral Health.

In 2020, Mike McCulla and Al Smith began raising capital for their newest behavioral platform, Keystone Behavioral Health. The company name originated from some of the pivotal work the two had done with Keystone Education and Youth Services between 1993 and 2006 when Keystone Education and Youth Services was acquired by Universal Health Services (UHS).

Between 2001 and 2006, McCulla and Smith were pioneers in the behavioral industry, implementing the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) newest level of acute psychiatric care for young people termed Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facilities (PRTFs). The Keystone Education and Youth Services team was the first to develop a national network of PRTFs that offered higher quality behavioral health services as well as varied forms of funding programs.

A critical part of Mike McCulla and Al Smith’s model for PRTFs is to create open access to the PRTF level of care. Keystone’s philosophy then, as it is on their new behavioral platform, is that young people should not have to become wards of the state to access behavioral health treatment. 

The need for Keystone to advocate for quality behavioral health services for young people is as much needed today as it was in 2006. The difference is, says Mike McCulla, CEO, “The use of the Keystone name in the behavioral health industry is more commonly used today than when we introduced the name in 2000.” McCulla continues, “Just as well though, renaming our platform Acute Behavioral Health is more focused on our mission. We refer to our platform as the next generation in psychiatric care for young people, as we’re bringing innovation and out-of-the-box initiatives to improve everything from acute level services to outpatient treatment for young people.”

Acute Behavioral Health is an owner/operator of behavioral health service centers for young people.