Blackbird Health raises $17 million Series A to expand access to integrated, technology-backed youth mental health model

Blackbird Health leverages a neuroscience-driven, “Understanding-first” care model to take the trial and error out of pediatric, adolescent and young-adult mental health diagnosis and treatment.

PITTSBURGHFeb. 21, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Blackbird Health, a neuroscience-led and technology-backed youth mental health provider, announced today it raised $17 million in series A funding. The round was led by Define Ventures and also included participation from Frist Cressey Ventures and GreyMatter. Blackbird has raised nearly $23 million to date.

Blackbird Health is a mental health company for kids and young adults struggling with social/emotional, developmental and school-related challenges. Leveraging an integrated, virtual and in-person model that includes a groundbreaking approach to diagnosing and treating, it’s the only in-network mental health practice that’s dedicated to achieving better outcomes more quickly by taking trial and error out of delivering high-quality mental healthcare.

The original clinic behind Blackbird was founded in 2014 by Amy Edgar, APRN, CRNP, FNP-C, now serving as its Chief Clinical Officer, and then relaunched in 2021 when co-Founder Dr. Matt Keener, a board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist, joined the company. Together, Edgar and Dr. Keener pioneered an “Understand-first” care model that leverages neuroscience-driven patient assessments led by a trained specialist and computational models applied to its 10-year foundational dataset to uncover and treat root causes of mental health issues. Given the shortage of in-network specialists across the country, a major key to Blackbird’s model is affordability, so Blackbird partners closely with insurance carriers and employers to ensure timely, in-network access and coverage.

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