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Behavioral Health Design Workshop

When: May 21, 2020
Time: 8:00am Pacific
What: Agenda


To become an event sponsor/partner, contact Randy Carter,
(541) 965-1922.




Don’t miss this affordable, high-return day to problem-solve with experts, idea-share with colleagues and obtain new strategies and resources to address behavioral health challenges not only in specialized units, but in 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 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



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:

  • Innovative and effective design strategies that support behavioral health populations
  • The immplications of your design decisions
  • Case studies of state-of-the-art facilities
  • Existing standards and new behavioral health models


Who Should Attend

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

  • Healthcare architects, planners, designers, and consultants
  • Behavioral health facility or department directors, physicians, nurses, and managers
  • Healthcare facilities and planning executives
  • Hospital executives with behavioral health department oversight
  • Vendors and suppliers


Presenting Faculty


Principal | Senior Medical Planner, Associate Vice President

Opening Keynote Presentation: The State of the Practice in Behavioral Health Care and Design

Behavioral health care, and the facility design that supports and facilitates that care, is ever evolving. This opening presentation will outline the current state of the practice and why and how things are changing. Presenters will share major issues and challenges, identify how research is playing a larger role, and explore why systems are increasingly investing in mental health programs. In these opening remarks, and throughout the workshop, attendees will be engaged to provide input from their perspectives and experiences to identify key priorities for now and into the future as well as concrete take-aways. 


Kayvan Madani-Nejad, PhD, AIA
Senior Healthcare Architect
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Facilities Standards Service

Opening Keynote Presentation: The State of the Practice in Behavioral Health Care and Design




Robyn Linstrom, AIA, EDAC, LEED AP
Senior Associate 
Davis Partnership Architects

Designing A Place of Sanctuary for Behavioral Health Inpatients and Staff

West Springs Hospital, in Grand Junction Colorado embarked on a journey to continue providing state of the art inpatient psychiatric care by engaging in a campaign - Building Sanctuary | Rebuilding Lives. The campaign set in motion a journey to build a new 48 bed replacement facility with the primary goal of creating an environment that comforts patients and allows them to be receptive to receiving treatment. The task of combining both a calming, non-threatening environment with a high level of safety for both patients and staff into one successful facility was a challenge. With occupancy in late 2018, the combination of a dedicated client with a clear vision and a highly creative design team have created a facility that is proving to meet all goals. Convinced the built environment for behavioral health can be less institutional, the team combined creative uses of technology such as therapeutic color lighting, an abundance of natural light, direct access to courtyards and off unit activity areas in the completed project. The implemented color palettes, furnishings and artwork all combine to integrate the principles gleaned from the focus groups of former patients, community and staff from all departments.

Kim Boe, CHE, MM, HRM 
Executive Vice President
West Springs Hospital

Designing A Place of Sanctuary for Behavioral Health Inpatients and Staff




Richard Beach, AIA, ASHE
Healthcare Leader, Principal 
DLR Group

A New Life: Transforming a Hospital for Behavioral Health through Innovative Design

Many healthcare systems are contending with patients’ growing unmet behavioral health needs. As greater emphasis is placed on addressing mental health issues, these systems must look for ways to incorporate behavioral health services into existing models. This session will explore the collaborative process between Maricopa Integrated Health Systems – now Valleywise Health – and the DLR Group design team as they worked to transform an acute medical care facility into a behavioral health treatment environment. From the technical design aspects to the accelerated timeline to address the unique needs required by behavioral health facilities, Richard will walk the audience through lessons learned and provide practical advice for how other systems might approach their own renovations.

Kevin Murrett
President | CEO | Founder
Architectural Resources

A New Life: Transforming a Hospital for Behavioral Health through Innovative Design




Teri Joy, RN, CEN, TCRN
Senior Healthcare Operations Planner 
BSA LifeStructures

We're in! A New State-of-the-Art Behavioral Health Hospital

Indiana Family and Social Services Administration’s NeuroDiagnostic Institute (NDI) is the state’s first new mental hospital since 1952. The new hospital opened in Spring 2019 as a vanguard of Indiana’s goal to modernize and reengineer their network of state-operated mental health facilities.

The NDI replaces the existing Larue Carter state hospital in Indianapolis that had served patients for over 71 years.  The move of staff and patients from Larue Carter to the NDI was more than a physical move: it was a complete transformation in the model of care and clinical operations, as well as, activation of new technology and IT systems that impacted every aspect of behavioral health patient care. 

To achieve this monumental change, NDI engaged BSA LifeStructures transition planning and move management team to prepare staff for operations on Day 1 by operationalizing the design and identifying and developing new processes to provide a safe and excellent patient experience.

The transition team utilized Lean principles to identify the changes needed to move from current state to future state processes.  Staff were prepared for the change concepts with a variety of tools that resulted in an operations manual utilized for training and education, activation, and the patient move.


Stephanie Vito, AIA, Architect 
Associate Vice President 

Strawberry Hill Behavioral Health: Transformation from Corporate Office to Therapeutic Healing Environment

Strawberry Hill Behavioral Health Hospital is a story about the transformation of a service line, a building and a community. Located in the heart of downtown Kansas City, the University of Kansas Health System’s recently opened 48 bed behavioral health facility strengthens both the mental and economic wellness of the urban core. The new behavioral health center, located in a renovated 5-story, existing office building, presented design challenges but created opportunities to bring mental health services within proximity to an underserved population. Overcoming challenges presented by the existing perimeter, geometry, structural grid, and limited access to outdoors, the design implements behavioral health best practices to support efficient and effective delivery of care while supporting the safety of patients and staff.

Sheri Riley, MSN, BSN, RN, NE-BC 
Director of Nursing 
Strawberry Hill Campus, The University of Kansas Health System

Strawberry Hill Behavioral Health: Transformation from Corporate Office to Therapeutic Healing Environment