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WEBINAR: Designing for Adolescents in Mental Health Crisis: A Story of Research, Innovation, and Hope

When: April 12, 2018
Time: 11:00am Pacific
Price: FREE


1 unit EDAC continuing education
1 unit AIA continuing education

CEU forms available for download during webinar


Adolescence can be a tumultuous time in one’s life. Mental health conditions often surface during this stage, and it may be the first time that some patients enter an inpatient behavioral health unit. How can design best support this patient population that is transitioning from childhood to adulthood? Learn how a design team utilized research, Lean processes, and innovation to solve the challenges of this unique patient population for the 27-bed Adolescent Behavioral Health Unit in Tacoma, Washington. Find out how design can support a seclusion- and restraint-free care model and how pushing beyond the conventions of behavioral healthcare design was achieved.



Learning Objectives

  • Hear current trends in behavioral healthcare models that impact the design of the built environment.

  • Examine how research influenced and contributed to shaping the environment and the attitudes of clinical operations, design, and construction teams.

  • Learn about highly specialized spaces and innovations in behavioral health design that contribute to improved safety for patients and staff.

  • Learn how Lean tools were utilized to quickly gain consensus, innovate, meet an aggressive project schedule, and achieve goals.



Presenting Faculty

Jessica Radecki, AIA, LEED AP, Certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, Associate Principal, Medical Planner, Clark/Kjos Architects

Jessica Radecki has over 17 years of healthcare design experience with a focus on research-informed solutions and lean driven-design. She leads the Portland, Oregon healthcare focused design firm Clark/Kjos Architect's Lean Process and Research Division, which assists clients in creating optimal operational efficiency through research and lean design. She has completed a wide range of innovative health care projects, including large and community hospitals, ambulatory care and physician facilities, and allied health educational buildings, but is particularly passionate in the diverse range of behavioral health design projects.