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Nonprofits merge to form 'Northeast Behavioral Health'

July 18, 2011
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Peabody, Mass. — The Board of Directors and the Senior Leadership Team of Northeast Behavioral Health has formally announced the organization’s new name. The name change is the outcome of a merger between two non-profits: CAB Health and Recovery Services (CAB) and Health and Education Services (HES). The merger occurred last year, July 2010.

Before the merger, CAB and HES provided addiction treatment and mental health/ human services respectively.

As a single agency, Northeast Behavioral Health will provide a range of outpatient, residential, emergency, school- and community-based services for children, adults and families across greater Boston and the Merrimack Valley.

In 1958, CAB was founded and established its first alcohol treatment center in Lynn, Mass. In 1971, HES was launched in Salem, Mass as a non-profit mental health counseling center. Before the merger, both agencies had expanded and diversified their services and built a strong regional reputation for quality care.

“The merger is a distinct positive for our patients,” says Kevin P. Norton, president and CEO of Northeast Behavioral Health. “As we move toward more integrated healthcare delivery, each patient and family can benefit from our staff’s cross-disciplinary expertise. And our new name reflects that holistic, one-stop care.”

Northeast Behavioral Health has 1,500 staff members and an operating budget of $73million.

Northeast Behavioral Health is a member of Northeast Health System, an integrated healthcare system comprised of a network of hospitals, behavioral health, senior health and human service affiliates offering North Shore residents general and specialized medical care.