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September 25, 2013

Betty Ford-Hazelden Union to Form Biggest U.S. Rehabilitation Group

Two of the best-known names in addiction treatment, California's Betty Ford Center and the Minnesota-based Hazelden Foundation, announced Tuesday that they are merging, creating the country's largest nonprofit substance-abuse organization, The Desert Sun of Palm Springs, Calif., and the Minneapolis Star Tribune report.

The new Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, resulting from talks that began in January, will operate 14 rehabilitation facilities nationwide and plans to open new outpatient clinics in California.

The union comes amid implementation of Affordable Care Act, which expands insurance coverage for substance abuse and mental-health problems, opening up treatment options for millions more Americans. "Coming together we'll be able to reach more people," said Hazelden Foundation CEO Mark Mishek, who will lead the merged entity.