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Behavioral Health Design Webinar Day, Webinar 2: Safety for All: Keeping Patients and Staff Safe in Behavioral Health Environments

When: June 27, 2019
Time: 12:00pm Pacific
Price: $65 Individual View/$150 Group View


1 unit EDAC continuing education
1 unit AIA continuing education

CEU forms available for download during webinar


This webinar is free to our Affiliate+ members.


This webinar is the second of two webinars that are part of Behavioral Health Design Webinar Day. To buy a pass to both webinars, click here. 

Although mental health awareness is on the rise funding for Outpatient Mental Health programs is being cut across North America. At a time when healthcare systems capacity to deliver mental health services is shrinking the need is rising.  The result of the loss of these programs is a marked increase in patients presenting at emergency departments who require treatment for mental health issues. This unique patient population has very specific needs and require environments that are safe for both the patient as well as the staff.  Healthcare organizations are creating specialized crisis beds both in and outside of the ED and short stay units. Recently there has been lots of discussion around the best physical layouts for these areas within the emergency department but very little about the actual construction and materials best suited for theses environments.  Design standards have yet to be developed. This session will review 2 case studies of built behavioral health areas within existing emergency department. We will provide an in-depth look at the materials, products and systems developed to provide safe and durable environments with special attention given to anti- ligature and durability.


Learning Objectives

  • Explore the design challenges in building behavioral health areas within emergency departments.
  • Learn what systems are working and standing up to the high-abuse environment.
  • Obtain insight into choosing the most appropriate materials, finishes, and equipment for behavioral health areas.
  • See real-life examples of behavioral health areas in urban emergency departments.


Presenting Faculty

Michele Cohen, M.Arch, OAA, MRAIC, LEED, Principal, NORR

Michele is a principle at NORR Architects and Engineers and leads the Health Science Studio. She is an innovative and resourceful licensed architect and planner with 25 years of professional experience. Michele has a Master of Architecture degree from SCI-Arc and practiced architecture in Los Angles for 10 years before moving to Toronto, Ontario. Michele’s first major healthcare project was the LAC+USC Medical Centre in Los Angeles. She moved to Canada and continued working in the alternative finance and procurement P3 market on both compliance and design teams. She has been involved in 10 healthcare P3 projects across Canada since 2006. Michele led the successful pursuit of the 18 story St. Michael’s Hospital Peter Gilgam Patient Tower and is currently working with NORR to complete the project.