History of DBH

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Our eating disorder (Center for Discovery) and mental health disorder (Discovery Mood & Anxiety Program) divisions are established by Dr. Craig Brown

“Real-life recovery” approach to care begins in multiple centers, offering various levels of care: residential, partial hospitalization (PHP) and intensive outpatient (IOP)


Cliffside Malibu (a luxury substance use center in the hills of Malibu), Center for Discovery and Discovery Mood merge 

From this merge, Discovery Behavioral Health (DBH) is born and John Peloquin is named president and CEO


Pinelands Recovery Center joins the DBH family, a respected residential substance use facility located in Medford, New Jersey 

New Life, located in Maryland, is acquired by DBH, helping expand outpatient care in the Anne Arundel County community 

Casa Palmera in Del Mar, California, joins DBH, bringing extensive clinical, evidence-based and holistic care to patients at its coastal facility


Associated Behavioral Healthcare (ABHC) is acquired, allowing DBH to extend more outpatient care – including transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) treatment for persistent depression – to patients in Washington State 

New Hope Ranch, a picturesque substance use treatment near Austin, is added to DBH’s growing portfolio of centers in the great state of Texas 

Virtual/online programming is available at all brands at the start of and throughout the pandemic

DBH continues expansion in the Northwest with the acquisition of Prosperity Wellness Center, a 40-bed substance use recovery facility in Tacoma, Washington


PaRC (Prevention and Recovery Center) in Houston, Texas, brings more than 40 years of substance use treatment experience when it’s acquired by DBH

 Awakenings KC, an outpatient mental health program in Prairie Village, Kansas, joins the organization, providing TMS, ketamine infusion therapy and other services for those with major depressive disorder (MDD)

Virtual programming becomes a core service line for CFD and DMA


DiscoveryMD is launched, becoming the fourth service line of DBH by providing outpatient psychiatric services – from talk therapy to TMS treatment – to those with mental health or substance use disorders 

Dan Med TMS is acquired, not only continuing expansion in Washington State, but also access to TMS therapy 

It’s the year of TMS – DBH brings Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry, with locations in California and Texas, into its growing collection of mental health treatment centers 

Brookdale Premier Addiction Recovery Center, a 110-bed facility in the scenic Pocono mountains of Pennsylvania, joins DBH, helping expand services to patients in the Northeast


DBH continues to grow its presence in the behavioral healthcare space with the opening of various eating disorder and mental health de novos

To date, DBH has 160+ centers in 16 states.

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