NASA Deep Space Habitat

James M. Hunt, AIA , President of Behavioral Health Facility Consulting, LLC is honored to be invited to participate as a subject matter expert in a NASA Standing Review Panel to assist with the further development of the deep space … Read more

Patient Bathroom Faucets

Ligature resistant push button operated faucet Lavatory faucets have been difficult to provide safely for many years.  Their basic function is to provide water for patients to use while washing their hands and faces and brushing their teeth.  In behavioral healthcare … Read more

Patient Safety Risk Assessment Tool

The newly released 2014 Edition of the FGI Guidelines for Design and Construction on Health Care Facilities requires that hospitals perform a Safety Risk Assessment of their behavioral healthcare (and other) patient areas.  The related Appendix names the NAPHS Design … Read more

Paper Trash Can Liners – LARGE

Large paper trash can liner After literally years of searching, I have finally become aware of large paper trash can liners that appear to be suitable for use in behavioral health care facilities.  Dining Rooms and other common areas typically … Read more

Patient Toilet Fixture Availability Changes

I have received several messages from readers of the NAPHS Design Guide for the Built Environment of Behavioral Health Facilities in the last few days regarding American Standard Company having changed the designations of their toilet fixtures that are listed … Read more

Exterior Windows and Coverings

Exterior windows are a significant issue in any Behavioral healthcare project, whether new construction or remodeling existing space.   The main issues are the breakability of the glass (both for self-harm and elopement) as well as the type of window covering … Read more

AIA CE Credit Courses Available Here

AIA Continuing Education Services APPROVED PROVIDERS.   Courses are being developed that are consistent with our mission to: “Assist psychiatric hospitals, behavioral healthcare facilities and other organizations provide treatment for the mentally ill with developing safe, healing, therapeutic environments for … Read more

Sound Deadening Gypsum Board

Noise reduction in patient environments is attracting increased attention in recent months.  The reasons why this is desirable are both obvious and well documented.  Agreeing that is should be done is easier than actually designing it into inpatient behavioral healthcare … Read more

Ligature resistant picture frames

  Frames that are safe for displaying artwork, regulatory information, mirrors and other items within behavioral healthcare environments have long been a problem.  This extends far beyond simply replacing the typical glass with polycarbonate or other break resistant material.  The … Read more

Help for clogged toilets

Behavioral healthcare patients have been known to have a tendency to clog their toilets.  There is a product now on the market that may provide some assistance with reducing the time and cost of removing the clog itself. This is … Read more