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Webinar: Recent Mental Health Projects: The Newest Lessons Learned

When: July 30, 2020
Time: 12:00pm Pacific
Price: FREE**

1 unit EDAC continuing education
1 unit AIA continuing education**
IDCEC credit also available**

CEU forms available for download during webinar


This webinar will offer new lessons learned and insights arising out of 20 mental health projects currently in design, under construction, or recently occupied encompassing over 5,000 beds in 14 states in every part of the United Sates. This diversity of current experience has given rise to important lessons about project budgets, construction costs, clinical practice, patient safety, and the impact of a pandemic on hospitals and practice. Francis Pitts will share an overview of what he and his colleagues have been learning about the changing face of mental health facility planning and design during the last two years.


Learning Objectives

  • Learn about changes in CMS and Joint Commission patient safety requirements and the cascading impact of those requirements on mental health project costs, scope and schedules.
  • Identify early lessons learned from the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic on both operating mental health facilities and projects in the planning and design process.
  • Explore recent and emerging clinical changes impacting mental health facility design.
  • Understand the underlying rationale for recent trends in the mental health facility planning and design.

Presenting Faculty

Francis Murdock Pitts, FAIA, FACHA, OAA, Principal, architecture+

Francis Murdock Pitts is widely recognized as one of the world’s leading planners and designers of psychiatric facilities and as a leader in the development of an evidence-based design practice culture in North America

He has consulted on more than 300 projects involving well over 20,000 mental health beds in clinical settings located in in all parts of the United States and Canada. He has served as President of both the AIA’s Academy of Architecture for Health and the American College of Healthcare Architects. In his leadership positions in both institutions he has advocated the development of practice cultures that evince evidence-based design.  He speaks widely and publishes articles on the lessons that can be learned from exemplary hospitals and the application of research evidence to hospital design.

In recognition of his contributions to healthcare design and in particular for his work for the mentally ill, Frank was honored by The Center for Health Design with their 2018 Changemaker.