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Comprehensive Autism Center (CAC), an autism services provider organization offering in-home and center-based applied behavioral analysis (ABA) therapies, has been acquired by the Speech Pathology Group (SPG), a portfolio company of Ridgemont Equity Partners. Comprehensive Autism Center provides clinically proven, community-oriented, and outcome-tracking treatments to pre- and early school aged clients throughout Southern California. Provident Healthcare Partners (Provident) served as exclusive financial advisor to Comprehensive Autism Center. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

According to Robert Aprill, senior associate at Provident Healthcare Partners, the acquisition will allow the entire team to have the resources needed to lead the industry in ABA therapy and to better help the families of Southern California. It is anticipated this will allow the team to shape the future of the industry and to influence how care is delivered.

Comprehensive Autism Center was founded in 2008 by Board-Certified Behavior Analyst Andrea Macken. With over 20 years of field experience, she saw a need among families living with autism for more comprehensive services, guidance as well as compassion. Partnering with her husband Chris Macken, they created CAC as an expert ABA resource dedicated to supporting the whole family.

Speech Pathology Group is a team of highly regarded speech-language pathologists, behavioral specialists, and school psychologists serving adults and children in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1989. The Speech Pathology Group has grown into one of the largest and most respected speech therapy provider organizations in California and offers offer innovative programs, while also expanding its offered school-based and clinic services to include psych and behavior.

Provident Healthcare Partners is a leading investment banking firm specializing in merger and acquisition advisory, strategic planning, and capital formation for health care companies. The firm has a comprehensive knowledge of market sectors and specialties, including behavioral health and autism services.

This was reported by Provident Healthcare Partners on December 20, 2019.

Contact information: Comprehensive Autism Center, 26720 Ynez Court, Temecula, California 92590; 951-813-4034; Email:; Website:

Contact information: Speech Pathology Group, 2021 Ygnacio Valley Rd, C202, Walnut Creek, California 94598; 925-945-1474; Email:; Website:

Contact information: Provident Healthcare Partners, 260 Franklin Street, 16th Floor, Boston, Massachusetts 02110; 617-742-9800; Website:

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