Alleviant Health Centers, which operates mental health clinics in six states, is expanding its headquarters in Little Rock and creating 115 jobs, including 22 for telebehavioral professionals.
The other jobs will be in finance, accounting, marketing, business development, human resources and legal. The company employs 20 people at its headquarters at the Little Rock Technology Park downtown.
Alleviant is also working to open more clinics in Arkansas and elsewhere. Some of the new hires will work at its clinics.
For now, the company will be leasing additional space at the Tech Park and at Premier Medical Plaza at 10915 N. Rodney Parham Road, according to James Reddish, a spokesperson for the Little Rock Regional Chamber.
The Rodney Parham location will be a clinic and is set to open in November after renovations are completed.
The headquarters part of Alleviant’s expansion has qualified for the city’s Tax Back program, which provides state and local sales and use tax refunds on the purchase of building materials and taxable machinery and equipment to businesses investing at least $100,000 and creating jobs. Hiring will begin immediately and is expected to “fully ramp up” over two years, Reddish said.
The project also qualified for state incentives: Advantage Arkansas, which provides a state income tax credit of 1% of total payroll, and Tax Back, which provides sales tax refunds on building materials, taxable machinery and equipment.
“We are very excited to locate our national headquarters in Little Rock. Our company is here to serve patients in need of mental health services, referring providers that need their patients seen quickly and comprehensively, and Arkansans seeking excellent employment opportunities,” founder and CEO Brian Mears said in a news release.
“We desire to quickly become the employer of choice in central Arkansas and we pride ourselves in creating health care structures tailored to fill real gaps in mental health care, like transitional care psychiatry,” he continued.
Alleviant, founded in 2017, aims to improve access to care, decrease overall health care costs, decrease opioid consumption, and resolve root causes leading to mental illness and chronic pain conditions. It provides comprehensive psychiatric care, from counseling and medication management to innovative therapies like Ketamine Infusion Therapy, Nasal Ketamine, and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) as well as telebehavioral health services. It also offers free workshops, seminars, training sessions and other community resources.
“It’s important to keep homegrown companies at home, and I applaud everyone who worked so diligently for these jobs and investment,” Gov. Asa Hutchinson said in the release. “It’s always nice to know when competing against other states, Arkansas regularly comes out on top.”
Mayor Frank Scott Jr. said, “Alleviant adds to our world-class health care industry, which I am most proud of, especially in times like these.”
Pulaski County Judge Barry Hyde said the local health care infrastructure provides “a competitive advantage to attract companies like Alleviant and talent that Alleviant can recruit.”
Ronnie Dedman, chairman of the Little Rock Regional Chamber, added, “Alleviant’s expansion proves how an idea and entrepreneurial spirit can create a significant economic impact and jobs for Arkansans. It’s why the chamber puts an emphasis on entrepreneurship development; founded just three years ago, Alleviant is now creating high-paying jobs.”
(Correction: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that the address of an Alleviant clinic was the address of its current headquarters. Arkansas Business has corrected the error.)