Forge Health Named to Inc. 5000 List of Fastest-Growing Private Companies for Second Consecutive Year

On August 16, 2022, Inc. magazine revealed that Forge Health is No. 792 on its annual Inc. 5000 list, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies.

The Inc. 5000 provides a unique look at the most successful companies within the U.S. economy’s most dynamic segment – its independent small businesses – and is widely regarded as an indicator of things to come. Many of today’s biggest and most well-known firms – Facebook, Microsoft, Intuit, Zappos, Under Armour, Patagonia, and others – earned their first national exposure as honorees on the list.

Company leaders attribute this achievement to breakthrough clinical results, recognition of Forge Health’s thought leadership in mental health, and unmet demand.  “It’s an honor to earn the No. 792 spot on the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing private companies,” said Eric Frieman, Co-Founder and CEO of Forge Health. “Making the list for a second consecutive year is a testament to our team’s mission-driven commitment to providing the highest quality, affordable, and effective mental health and substance use care to individuals, families, and communities in need. We’re both excited and humbled to be a two-time Inc. 5000 honoree, but we’re also clear-eyed about the work that still needs to be done to increase access, lower costs, and improve quality in mental health care.”

Since our founding in 2016, Forge Health has been a mission-driven outpatient mental health and substance use treatment provider dedicated to delivering outstanding “one-stop-shop” care to individuals, families, and communities in need, especially those with moderate to severe conditions. We’re in-network with over 30 commercial and government health plans, and through new and expanded population health partnerships with leading health plans and health systems, we now manage more than 270,000 members under our value-based partnership model.

Earlier this year, we released the results of a groundbreaking national payor-led clinical outcomes research study aimed at determining to what degree the Forge Care Model’s intensive outpatient treatment positively impacted patients beyond the treatment period. The study’s results showed that Forge patients maintained significant improvement in both medical utilization and overall health outcomes even a full 12 months after treatment for mental health and substance use.

In July, the House Committee on Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Health invited company co-founders Frieman and Eric Golnick, CEO of Forge VFR (Forge Health’s Veterans & First Responders program) to provide expert testimony about obstacles to the effective use of community care resources in treating mental health and substance use among veterans. “As our overall business continues to grow, we are steadfast in our mission to care for veterans, first responders, and their families. With this honor, we’ve proven our unique ability to help many more people in need within these populations,” said Golnick.

“The accomplishment of building one of the fastest-growing companies in the U.S., in light of recent economic roadblocks, cannot be overstated,” says Scott Omelianuk, editor-in-chief of Inc.Inc. is thrilled to honor the companies that have established themselves through innovation, hard work, and rising to the challenges of today.”

Methodology: Companies on the 2022 Inc. 5000 are ranked according to percentage revenue growth from 2018 to 2021. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2018. They must be U.S.-based, privately held, for-profit, and independent – not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies – as of December 31, 2021. (Since then, some on the list may have gone public or been acquired.) The minimum revenue required for 2018 is $100,000; the minimum for 2021 is $2 million. Inc. reserves the right to decline applicants for subjective reasons. Growth rates used to determine company rankings were calculated to four decimal places. The full Inc. 5000 list can be found here.