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44 Million Good Reasons

Caring friends –

Our work touches millions who experience care environments for a wide range of injuries, illnesses and health conditions. No single diagnosis, however, even begins to approach the numbers suffering from mental illness – over 44 million adults in the US alone.

So when you ask yourself or your organization, “where can our work make the greatest difference, have the greatest impact, alleviate the most pain?” the answer isn’t hard to find.

Look at every environment you touch – in and outside of healthcare – and you’ll find opportunities to support and improve better mental health through informed and effective design.

Your next big opportunity to advance your understanding of behavioral health design’s challenges, solutions and resources happens on September 20 when we’re gathering again – this time in person, in Baltimore in our shared pursuit of design’s potential.

Panel discussions, case studies, facilitated work groups, and plenty of time for Q&A, networking and engaging with the expert faculty will inform, inspire and invigorate you – no Zoom fatigue here.

Over the last four years, The Center has shone a brilliant light on behavioral and mental health design by:

  • hosting over 40 webinars, workshops, journal clubs and other learning events focused on behavioral health design;
  • featuring nearly 150 of our industry’s behavioral health design thought leaders, designers, providers, researchers and advocates; and,
  • advancing the knowledge of over 5,000 attendees by providing innovative solutions, best practices, tools, research and resources to enhance the health, wellness, comfort and dignity of those suffering and in pain.

I urge you to take a look at the workshop program, and then at your schedule, to find a way to join us in Baltimore for this premiere learning and networking event. No single day will more profoundly impact your work, your outlook and your ability to improve behavioral and mental healthcare through design.

Be well,

Debra Levin, Hon. FASID, EDAC
President and CEO

P.S. Thanks to the generous support of our workshop sponsors, we’re able to extend a limited number of significantly reduced and no-cost registrations to students and representatives from organizations serving disadvantaged communities or populations. Contact us for more information.



Behavioral and Mental Health Workshop

September 20, 2022
Baltimore, MD
9:00 AM EDT / 6:00 AM PDT
Affiliate Discounts up to 20% Apply

Forty-four million adults in the US are now living with a mental illness, and 42% of patients entering a hospital for a medical condition have a co-existing mental or substance abuse condition. 

Attend our behavioral health design workshop and hear the latest in design thinking for behavioral healthcare and health settings while sharing state-of-the-art best practices through thought leader presentations, case studies, interactive group exercises and panel discussions.

Learn more and register.



HCD VIP Reception

Affiliate members, partners, sponsors and invited guests – join us at this year’s Healthcare Design Conference + Expo for our annual VIP Reception. Enjoy signature cocktails, tasty bites and what we’ve been missing for too long – a good time together with healthcare design colleagues and friends with whom we share a passion for healthcare design research, education and advocacy.

Our VIP Reception is a by-invitation-only event. Want to join the party? There’s still time! Become an Affiliate member today.

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Free Tools & Resources

OPEN ACCESS Safety Toolbox

Thanks to the generous support of Grainger, our Safety Toolbox is now open for free access to our entire community.

Comprised of content authored and curated by The Center's research staff, the toolbox contains a vast array of design research, resources and tools for connecting the built environment to improved safety, better health outcomes and reduced cost of care.

Visit the toolbox here.

Webinar: Reimagining the Behavioral Health Experience

With the goal to improve the mental health care experience, Children’s Health Dallas teamed up with Philips and Recornect to create and pilot new emergency department (ED) exam rooms.

Through the integration of specialized interactive touchscreens with ambient room technology and therapeutic content, ED exam rooms were transformed into ultra-tunable environments that improved the delivery of care. This webinar tells the story of their design process, patient outcomes and valuable lessons learned.

Watch the webinar.

Upcoming Events

Two Webinars Exploring the Financial Implications of Design

9/29 10:00 AM PDT / 1:00 PM EDT, Webinar: Current and Anticipated Financial Forces that Impact Healthcare Design

The healthcare industry spends $4.1-trillion annually, much of it healthcare construction-related. Explore the external forces that shape internal finance discussions related to funding architectural projects.

9/29 12:00 PM PDT / 3:00 PM EDT, Webinar: Top 10 Questions for Designers to Ask Related to Healthcare Finance

Learn to address the underlying financial elements, including key questions related to evaluating capital decisions, external factors, key performance indicators and ways to creatively finance projects.

Designing for Resiliency CEU Panel Discussion at HCD 2022

10/10 4:30 PM CDT, San Antonio, TX, CEU Panel Discussion: Designing for Resiliency in the Real World of Healthcare

Mohawk Group and The Center for Health Design present this lively and engaging CEU session featuring design, architecture and healthcare provider panelists exploring new perspectives in resiliency.

Classic Resources

Member Project: Penn Medicine Radnor

Recognizing the inherent stress of visiting an ambulatory care center, Ballinger took inspiration from the hospitality industry to create a healing environment that prioritizes the patient experience.

Penn Medicine Radnor transforms a derelict suburban office park into a community-focused, sustainable, mixed-use development rooted in nature. The 250,000 SF ambulatory care center is designed for regeneration of both the site and human health.

View the report.

Slidecast: Staff and Resident Perceptions of Mental and Behavioral Health Environments

There is broad support for using the built environment as a therapeutic tool for advancing health outcomes for mental and behavioral health. The identification, characterization, importance, and efficacy of environmental features varies between location and populations. Now more than ever, there is a need to identify and evaluate the effectiveness of environmental features from the perspective of patients and staff to inform future development.

View the slidecast.

Industry News Briefs

How Design May Prevent Burnout Within Healthcare Facilities

The Great Resignation is still making headlines as thousands of workers are quitting their jobs every day, and it’s not because they don’t want to work anymore. Given the challenges of the last two years, staff burnout is at an all-time high. It has gotten to a point where top healthcare executives are citing burnout as one of their top concerns. To improve the daily lives of healthcare workers, companies have begun redesigning spaces to employees’ needs.
Healthcare Facilities Today,

The Future of Mental and Behavioral Healthcare is Hybrid

With most of us confined to our homes during the early stages of the pandemic, telehealth demand spiked. Telehealth utilization for office visits and outpatient care reached 78 times its prior levels. With both providers and patients initially slow to show interest in virtual care, what was once unknown territory quickly became the only option available. Today, as we continue to inch toward a post-pandemic world, telehealth is no longer the only viable option for giving and receiving care.
MedCity News,

Planning Outpatient Health Care Facilities

What if architects thought differently about how they design and build structures used for outpatient services? If the health care field has learned anything from the past two years, it is that immediate change will happen whether the field is ready for it or not. Thus, architects must design for the unexpected, allowing for adaptability when the inevitable happens. 
Health Facilities Management Magazine,

Design of Behavioral Health Crisis Units

As the patient census has risen in emergency departments (EDs) across the United States, many EDs have seen a parallel increase in the number of behavioral and mental health patients seeking care. However, the overall growth in emergency medicine as a service line is just one reason for this rise in behavioral health patient volumes.
FGI Guidelines,

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