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Behavioral Health—Strategic Design Innovations that Improve Treatment Outcomes, Safety and the Bottom Line

When: September 27, 2018
Time: 8:00am Eastern
What: Agenda
Price: $445 Early Bird


  • check-in opens at 7:30 am, day concludes 5:00 pm
  • 6.5 AIA/EDAC continuing education units
  • Workshop flyer


Consider the needs of behavioral health patients in every healthcare space you design...

The challenges created by today’s growing mental health and substance abuse crises reach far beyond the behavioral health unit into emergency departments, outpatient clinics and throughout acute care settings.

To support improved care and enhance staff safety, today’s design, facility and care professionals have to advance their understanding of design’s impact on behavioral health care and learn how to incorporate the best and latest design solutions throughout the healthcare setting.

Back by popular demand, this one day interactive, collaborative, problem-solving workshop is intended to enable design professionals to employ physical design strategies and methodologies that support improved care for behavioral health. Join us and engage with a faculty of experts in behavioral health and design to set the stage for the path forward. 


Location Information

Hyatt Regency Baltimore Inner Harbor
300 Light Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
United States

Room rate: $239.00/night - rooms must be booked by August 26, 2018
Rooms available:  Wednesday, September 26 - Thursday, September 27, 2018

Click here to book your room: https://book.passkey.com/go/eea23b06  


Learning Objectives

Hear the industry's leading behavioral health facility design experts share how design is making a difference in the lives of children and adults faced with behavioral and mental health conditions. They’ll share real world experiences and future-looking insights into:

  • Existing standards and behavioral health models

  • Strategies that address behavioral health across various population groups

  • Design methodologies that hinder or enhance behavioral health

  • Case studies of state-of-the art facilities that support behavioral health.


Who Should Attend

This unique experience is ideal for individuals who are intending to design new mental and behavioral health facilities and those
wishing to evaluate the quality of their existing facilities.




Presenting Faculty

Samira Pasha, PhD, EDAC, LEED BD+C, Lean Six Sigma Green Belt  
Opening Keynote: Design for Mental and Behavioral Health
Throughout centuries, many different aspects of society had to evolve to create today's model of care for members of the society who are diagnosed with mental illness. Through the lens of design and architecture, the presentation gives an overview of this transformation.




Kimberly Newton McMurray, AIA, EDAC, MBA, Principal, Behavioral Health Facility Consulting, LLC
How & Why Behavioral Health Inpatient Unit Design is Different from Medical/Surgical Unit







Dennis C. Robert, AIA, Principal | Studio Director, Array Architects
Safe Emergency Departments through Innovative Design, Technologies and Staffing Considerations





Kayvan Madani-Nejad, PhD, AIA, Senior Healthcare Architect, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Facilities Standards Service
The Future of Integrated Outpatient Mental Healthcare Delivery: A New Paradigm for Outpatient Clinic Design 


Mike McKay, AIA, ACHE, EDAC, LEED AP, Vice President Architecture, Design, Erdman
IP, OP, and ED Integration of Behavioral Health Care: The Bulle Rock Project
STUDIO E, an ERDMAN Center of Thought Leadership & Innovation in Healthcare, is working with several behavioral health clients on the hypothesis, “ Can concepts driving culture change in senior living and other aspects of  healthcare – such as small household design and on-stage/off-stage planning – translate in a behavioral healthcare setting to facilitate an effective balance between safety and patient comfort, dignity, and control?” Related to this hypothesis is the thought: Can architecture influence behavior? We believe the answer is yes, by having a human-scaled environment of care. In support of the ongoing work around this hypothesis, Mike will share case studies and work on the boards of a variety of projects embracing this approach.


Shary Adams, AIA, ACHA, EDAC, LEED AP BD+C, Principal, SmithGroup

Behavioral Health Behind Closed Doors
MedStar Health is using fast-track design to help catalyze a new model of behavioral health, using the reduction of barriers, small house concepts and interior design strategies to create positive environments where patients are positively impacted. Renovations to the existing system facilities include:

Inpatient Units: Expanded units for both voluntary and involuntary patients, as well as an inpatient detoxification units.  
ED Crisis Units: Crisis intervention units designed for maximum patient and staff safety with compassionate and timely clinical care.

Day Programs: Partial hospitalization programs (PHP), as well as intensive outpatient programs (IOP) for patients are critical components.

OP Services: A complete range including psychotherapy and counseling; individual and group therapy; psychiatric evaluation and chronic disease management; integrated transitional services with the partial hospitalization program; community outreach program offerings; substance use disorder counseling and rehabilitation.
Jill Johnson and Kevin Haggerty will present with Shary.


Jill Johnson, FACHE, Vice President, Operations, MedStar Harbor Hospital, Regional Vice President, Behavioral Health, MedStar Health

Behavioral Health Behind Closed Doors





Kevin Haggerty, Sr. Project Manager, CBRE Healthcare | Medstar Health System, MedStar Washington Hospital Center

Behavioral Health Behind Closed Doors




Jerry Sheward, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Indiana Family Social Services Administration
State of the Art: A Holistic Approach to Behavioral Health Treatment Facilities


Francis Murdock Pitts, Founding Partner and President, architecture+

Closing Keynote: What’s Next for Design for Behavioral Health?