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

When: September 18, 2019
Time: 9:00am Eastern
What: Agenda
Price: $515




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

Hilton Baltimore Inner Harbor
401 West Pratt Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
TEL: 1-443-573-8700

Rooms available:
September 16-19

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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

Francis Murdock Pitts 
Founding Partner and President, architecture+
Opening Keynote: Lessons from the Last Two Years and the Challenge Ahead

A a series of lessons/observations taken from current projects that signal something about the current landscape and future possibilities with respect to mental health facility design and planning.  The conversation will touch on the following:

  • Patient Safety: meeting the current CMS/JC challenge while staying sane and being true to a commitment to provide a therapeutic environment
  • Academic Medical Centers as Predictors
  • Developments in the UK and Europe
  • What are the most interesting clinical trends and what does that mean for designers?
  • How do we accelerate change.


Kimberly Newton McMurray, AIA, EDAC, MBA 
Principal, Behavioral Health Facility Consulting, LLC
How and Why Behavioral Health Inpatient Design is Different from Medical/Surgical Units– with Evidence Based Discovery

Kimberly with Brian Giebink delve into why a typical medical-surgical inpatient unit is almost completely opposite of what is needed for a good behavioral health unit and the findings from patient and staff talking sessions.


Brian Giebink, AIA, LEED AP 
Project Architect, HDR 

How and Why Behavioral Health Inpatient Unit Design is Different from Medical/Surgical Units – with Evidence Based Discovery





Principal | Senior Medical Planner, HGA
A New Paradigm for Comprehensive Care of the Mental Health Inpatient 

Shary and Kayvan Madani-Nejad will present how the Veterans Administration has developed some of the most progressive inpatient designs utilized for care delivery. Its Small House Model, based on a collaborative core, is now being adapted to integrate mental healthcare into the model, providing truly whole-person care. A team of national experts collaborated on a new design standard that provides enhanced, expanded guidance for creating an environment in which patients that require mental health services are at the literal and figurative center of the unit. The model of care is patient-centered, where care is driven by the patient and involves the patient and family, when available, in all decisions regarding care.

This commitment to cultural transformation was made by the Department of Veterans Affairs, in keeping with shifting standards in the industry. The team was charged with rethinking existing planning layouts, taking them to the next level both from a design and operational standpoint, using empirical research conducted at sites nationwide to arrive at evidence-based solutions. The work includes the establishment of a framework within which the inpatient mental health services can be planned and designed to facilitate safe, effective and efficient healthcare delivery to our veterans, and the development of an Inpatient Unit and RRTP (Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program) Prototype for testing.

Kayvan Madani-Nejad PhD., AIA 
Senior Healthcare Architect, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs 
A New Paradigm for Comprehensive Care of the Mental Health Inpatient 




Sara Wengert, AIA, ASID

Principal, Architecture+
Trends in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: Implications for Planning and Design

Drawing on their extensive experience as clinicians and designers, this team will discuss emerging trends impacting the care of children and adolescents suffering from mental illness or brain dysfunctions and will discuss how those trends have been impacting projects developed by hospitals throughout the world with a particular emphasis on Canada and the United States. Team members are actively involved in clinical practice, research, planning and design.  Their experience encompasses consultations with clinicians and designers from around the world including all parts of America including Seattle, San Francisco, San Antonio, Irvine, Provo, Dayton, Boston, Columbus, Providence, Worcester, New York, and Philadelphia.


Leslie Colucci, AIA, MHA, LEED AP 
Project Manager, Development & Construction Insight, LLC
A Joining of Hands: Holistically Caring for the Behavioral Health Patient

“Improved access for patients,” “hotel-like care environments,” and “modern treatment facilities” are buzz words we hear today in the healthcare design industry. Unfortunately, behavioral health-focused facilities are often excluded from this conversation. This regional hospital behavioral health expansion is having that conversation. The project not only seeks to create modern facilities, but will consolidate behavioral health services into one building, allowing staff collaboration and access to patients from crisis intervention to outpatient counseling. This presentation will highlight the design and collaboration process with clinicians as well as strategies for flexibility and growth for the future, implemented with design team assistance.