Meridian Behavioral Health, one of the nation’s fastest-growing behavioral health and addiction service providers, has acquired New Beginnings Minnesota, a Waverly, MN-based provider of inpatient and outpatient substance abuse care.

The acquisition is Meridian’s third in 2017 and makes the network the largest provider of behavioral health services in Minnesota. Nationwide, Meridian now operates over 30 inpatient and outpatient facilities across five states, employing more than 1,200 people who help over 13,000 patients annually on their path to recovery.

“Bringing New Beginnings into the Meridian family is a tremendous source of personal and professional pride for me and the entire Meridian team,” said Fran Sauvageau, CEO of Meridian Behavioral Health. “Their patient-centric approach to recovery aligns perfectly with the values of our own care model and provides Minnesotans greater access to a full continuum of care through our residential, outpatient and medication-assisted therapy services.”

New Beginnings’ headquarters and primary inpatient facilities are located one hour west of the Twin Cities on a historic lakeside property once owned by former U.S. Senator and Vice President Hubert Humphrey. The residential campuses are supported by six outpatient clinics located in MinnetonkaElk RiverLitchfieldOliviaSt. Peter, and Worthington, MN. All of these facilities follow New Beginnings’ evidence-based chemical dependency care model, a comprehensive interdisciplinary program combining education, prevention, and intervention techniques.

“As the epidemic of addiction continues to ravage our communities, healthcare providers need every tool available to help patients restore their lives,” said Lane Elmer, CEO of New Beginnings. “Combining forces with Meridian allows us to expand that toolset and continue our 35-year history of helping patients achieve life-long recovery.”

This article originally appeared in an article on PRNewswire.