Two Sigma Impact’s Circle of Care Enters ABA Industry Through Merger with Empower Behavioral Health

The combination bolsters the company’s therapy treatment for children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.

San Antonio, Texas—March 1, 2022Circle of Care (the “Company”), a leading home and clinic-based pediatric therapy provider, today announced it has combined with Empower Behavioral Health (“Empower Behavioral”), a clinic-based provider of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy treatment for children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. The partnership will allow Circle of Care to broaden its pediatric therapy services and accelerate its expansion of the company’s platform into a national provider offering an array of personalized pediatric therapy services, including telehealth, home-based and clinic-based services. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Founded in 2015, Texas-based Empower Behavioral is a local market leader with 12 clinics across the state and over 170 clinicians employed. The prevalence of autism spectrum disorder has increased sharply over the past decade with recent studies suggesting one in 44 children born today in America suffer from autism spectrum disorder. Empower Behavioral’s ABA therapy treatment programs are a leading, scientifically supported approach designed to help children attain maximum independence by focusing on core behavior and skills, such as verbal behavior and language, behavior management, self-help skills, social skills, and leisure skills.

Circle of Care has been a leading provider of pediatric therapy since 2007 and employs over 275 licensed and credentialed therapists and currently serves more than 3,000 patients. The Company provides therapy services for children from post-natal through age twenty, employing a rigorous one-on-one personalized clinical therapy approach aimed at achieving the patient’s therapy goals both quickly and cost efficiently.

“As we learn more about autism and developmental disabilities broadly, Circle of Care is committed to providing the highest quality and most advanced treatment and services for diagnosed children and young adults,” said Jimi Ellis, Chief Executive Officer of Circle of Care. “Our new partnership with Empower Behavioral Health will allow us to leverage our expertise and scale in pediatric health alongside a leader in treating developmental disorders to provide customized care for children with autism and their families. We are thrilled to welcome Empower Behavioral Health team to Circle of Care, as we continue to enhance and expand our capabilities.”

“We’re excited to join a pediatric health leader in Circle of Care at a time where demand for healthcare services, and in particular pediatric therapy, is at an all-time high,” said Natesh Kumar, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Empower Behavioral Health. “For the past six years, our mission has been to ensure that those with autism and other developmental disabilities reach their maximum potential. Partnering with Circle of Care means we can reach and support more children and young adults, bolster their independence and embrace their individuality.”

Two Sigma Impact acquired Circle of Care in June 2021.

About Circle of Care

Circle of Care is dedicated to providing the best therapy treatments possible for children from birth through age 20; whether it is speech, feeding, occupational, or physical therapy, its goal is to improve a child’s quality of life with continued progress through personalized and proven methods of treatment. With a reputation built on excellence, Circle of Care supports a patient’s medical team and family by letting them know they are not alone in their endeavors to provide for their child. Circle of Care is one of the largest therapy providers in Texas, having begun its services in the San Antonio area and have grown to serve El Paso, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Houston/Galveston, Austin, Killeen, Rio Grande Valley, Corpus Christi, Waco and several surrounding counties in Texas. For more information, please visit: circlecare4kids.com.

About Empower Behavioral Health

Empower Behavioral Health was created with the mission of empowering families, by providing the most effective Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services, to ensure that learners with autism and other developmental disabilities reach their maximum potential. Our compassionate and knowledgeable team of professionals, in combination with the intensive nature of our individualized program, provides an unparalleled level of service. We believe that research-based ABA is an essential component for increasing independence and should be available to everyone regardless of diagnosis. In addition to our ABA services, Empower Behaviorial Health recently began offering comprehensive diagnostic evaluations for autism and other disabilities. By adding this essential service, families are able to get a proper diagnosis and access the medically necessary services for their child more quickly. For more information, please visit: empowerbh.com.

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