Filling the Void

Collaboration on a behavioral health room mock-up is creating new resources to inform design going forward by: Brian Giebink, Kimberly McMurray and Mary Therese Hankinson GROWING AWARENESS of the importance of behavioral healthcare is renewing focus on the design of inpatient psychiatric facilities, with the goal to provide welcoming, relaxing, safe environments that put patients […]

Designing Behavioral Health Facilities

Building, Design and Construction University course by Debbie Gregory, James M. Hunt, Kimberly N. McMurray and Ben Szela

Integrated inpatient Healthcare Design

SAFETY FOR ALL: Integrated Design for Inpatient Units

Bringing integrated healthcare into the inpatient environment is essential to help keep safe the 20% of all adults who are currently on a mental health medication.  The Joint Commission has reported that 25% of inpatient suicides do not occur on psychiatric units.  Designing for suicide resistance must be extended to all inpatient rooms and toilets.

Common Mistakes in Designing Psychiatric Hospitals – An UPDATE

FGI_CommonMistakesPsychiatricHospitals_1505This white paper was originally published by the American Institute of Architects in their Academy of Architecture for Health Journal in 2009.  We continue to be asked to help hospitals with newly constructed facilities correct the mistakes that were designed into their buildings.  This UPDATE provides insights into the current best practices in Psychiatric Hospital […]

Behavioral Healthcare Design – Ten Things You “Know” That “Just Ain’t So”

Preliminary meetings involving architects, psychiatric hospital management, and unit staff members often result in decisions that crystallize into critical details of facility design very early in the planning process. These can be very difficult, if not impossible, to change later on. During these sessions, it is not unusual for psychiatric hospital staff to state any […]

How to Stretch $50 Grand

Behavioral Healthcare recently presented top experts with a design challenge, asking for advice on what facility upgrades they might prioritize if they had a budget of only $50,000. While it’s easy to make improvements with $1 million in hand, not all centers have that luxury.

Letting the Light In

Finding creative ways to introduce natural light into behavioral healthcare units and other creative solutions to drastically improve the therapeutic environment for patients and staff.

Behavioral Health Design: Codes, Guidelines and Resources that Promote Best Practices

Behavioral healthcare facilities are subject to different code and regulations than general hospitals.  The applicable codes, regulations and guidelines to consult are identified and explained.