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An Unconventional Approach to Integrating Behavioral Health Treatment and Research

Born out of a vision from renowned child psychiatrist and human geneticist Dr. Matthew State, the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Child, Teen & Family Center and Department of Psychiatry Building will be the first-ever UCSF facility for both pediatric and adult psychiatric patients and one of the first facilities in the U.S. to integrate the neurosciences with traditional psychiatry for child, adolescent and adult patient populations. The integration of these diverse disciplines under one roof will create a hub for research and training to advance the normalization, prevention and treatment of mental illness.
Set to be operational in 2020, the facility is a single structure with zones of three, four, and five stories – each with an architecturally distinct visual identity, space, and entrance. Openness and transparency in how the building will operate is a primary design driver and is emphasized through a central atrium and materials palette. The exterior respects the unique look and feel of San Francisco’s mixed-use Dogpatch Neighborhood, including street-level retail and connection to the UCSF Mission Bay Campus. A conference space is also included within the building to facilitate knowledge sharing.
This session will explore how a multidisciplinary team envisioned, secured donor support, planned, and designed an environment that supports a new care model for this highly vulnerable patient population and serves as a critical link between UCSF’s mission and community mental health efforts.