CCMC School has transferred ownership to the Family Treatment Network

For Immediate Release: June 1, 2018
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DALLAS & NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Pharos Capital Group, LLC (“Pharos”), through its Family Treatment Network platform (“FTN”), has acquired the CCMC School, based in New Britain, CT the firm announced today. The CCMC School, an affiliate of Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, provides comprehensive special education for students, from age five to 21, who require intensive intervention due to a range of behavioral, emotional and learning challenges. The CCMC School serves more than 100 children annually.


Pharos established its Family Treatment Network platform to manage its investments in special schools, psychiatric residential treatment centers and community-based programs for children, adolescents and their families. “The acquisition of the CCMC School greatly enhances our portfolio as Pharos continues to expand its breadth of services and investment in special schools like this one,” said Jim Phillips, Partner at Pharos. “The CCMC School has tremendous potential for further growth.”


Jim Shmerling, DHA, FACHE, President and CEO of Connecticut Children’s Medical Center added, “Recognizing the unmet needs of children and families in Connecticut, FTN has chosen to bring new resources into our community. We believe this arrangement will elevate the CCMC School and its programs with an injection of new resources and national leadership and enhance the impact our hospital can have throughout our state.”


Gwen Killheffer, Ed.D., principal of the CCMC School, and her team of highly specialized and trained administrators, teachers, and clinicians will continue to lead classroom learning for the students. In addition, Ed Irby, a longtime behavioral health and special education executive who heads the FTN platform, will continue to serve as Chairman of FTN and lead the company’s strategic and growth initiatives.


“We are excited to be working with FTN and the Pharos team,” said Killheffer.  “We are confident they share our vision of providing a high level of quality behavioral health/educational services for children, tailored to individual and family needs, in a caring environment.”


The CCMC School acquisition is the latest addition to FTN’s expanding portfolio of behavioral health organizations. In 2018, FTN acquired Behavior Care Specialists (BCS), a Sioux Falls, South Dakota-based outpatient treatment provider of autism spectrum disorder services based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), serving 140 children across four states. BCS was founded by Alison Hulshof in 2008, and she will work closely with Killheffer and her team to expand autism services for children and their families. In 2016, FTN acquired Logan River Academy, a Logan, Utah-based adolescent treatment center serving adolescents with a wide range of behavioral and emotional issues, including autism spectrum disorders.


About Family Treatment Network

The Family Treatment Network (FTN) is a complementary platform of child and adolescent behavioral health services businesses, including residential therapy centers, therapeutic day schools, home & community based outpatient programs, and other child and adolescent psychiatric treatment services. With a strong emphasis on both education and therapy, FTN offers a broad mix of high quality programs and services with an emphasis on autism and ABA Therapy. FTN’s goal is to provide best-in-class care across the full continuum of behavioral health services to children, adolescents and families from coast to coast.


About the CCMC School

CCMC School, an affiliate of Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, provides comprehensive special education for students, from age 5 to 21, who require intensive intervention due to severe emotional, behavioral, cognitive, developmental and/or learning problems such as: Autism Spectrum Disorders, Developmental Disabilities, Emotional Disturbance, Intellectual Disabilities, Multiple Disabilities, Specific Learning Disabilities, Traumatic Brain Injury and Other Health Impairments. CCMC School is a State Department of Education approved special education facility.


About Pharos Capital Group

Based in Dallas and Nashville, Pharos Capital Group ( is an SEC Registered Investment Advisor. Since inception, Pharos has invested in 50 companies and currently has over $690 million of private equity assets under management. Pharos typically invests $25-$50 million in rapidly growing middle market companies seeking later stage funding for internal growth, acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, management buyouts, or recapitalizations predominantly across healthcare sectors.


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