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WORKSHOP | Behavioral and Mental Health: Design to Meet the Challenges of Today and Tomorrow

When: September 20, 2022
Time: 9:00am Eastern
Where: Baltimore, MD United States
What: Agenda
Price: $495
  • Workshop Hours: 9:00 AM-3:50 PM ET
  • 6.5 AIA/EDAC continuing education units
  • To become an event sponsor/partner, contact Randy Carter, rcarter@healthdesign.org (541) 965-1922


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Consider the needs of behavioral health patients in every healthcare space you design...

The mental health crisis in the U.S. and around the world continues to grow at alarming rates that affects individuals of all ages, ethnicities and socio-economic positions.

These challenges reach far beyond the behavioral health unit into a myriad of care settings.

Now, more than ever, it is imperative that these settings respond to complexities of care, provide flexibility to fluid care needs, and offer equity to patients. 

To meet the increased demand for care, support improved care and enhance staff safety, today’s design, facility and care professionals have to advance their understanding of the environment’s impact on behavioral healthcare and learn how to incorporate the best and latest design solutions throughout all healthcare settings.

This live, in-person workshop leverages the discussions from prior behavioral health virtual workshops, and provides the latest in design thinking for behavioral healthcare and health settings while sharing state-of-the-art best practices through thought leader presentations, case studies and panel discussions. Attendees will have opportunities to pose questions to workshop faculty and interact with fellow attendees in fun and innovative ways.

Together… Safely

For the safety of all workshop participants we request that attendees be fully vaccinated or obtain a negative Covid test within 24 hours of the event. Mask wearing is encouraged. Subject to CDC and local health guidelines.

Location Information

  • Hyatt Regency Baltimore Inner Harbor, 300 Light Street, Baltimore, MD 21202
  • Discounted Rate for Workshop Attendees -- Rooms available: September 19-21
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Early Bird


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Professional Affiliates (10% Discount)



Student & Individual Affiliates (5% Discount)



Regular Rate




Groups of 3 or more - contact Natalie at ngonzalez@healthdesign.org for discounted rate.


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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

Welcome Opening Remarks & Introductions

Ellen Taylor, PhD, AIA, MBA, EDAC
Vice President for Research
The Center for Health Design




Opening Keynote — Creative Forces: Creative Arts Therapies Healing the Invisible Wounds of War

Understand the Creative Forces initiative and creative arts therapies offered in the U.S. Departments of Defense (DoD) and Veterans Affairs (VA) healthcare facilities for military patients and veteran populations exposed to trauma.
Mary Therese Hankinson, MBA, MS, RD, EDAC, FACHE
Program Manager for Research & Program Evaluation
Creative Forces: National Endowment for the Arts Military Healing Arts Network




Melissa Walker, ATR
Lead Art Therapist, Creative Forces: National Endowment for the Arts Military Healing Arts Network
Healing Arts Program Coordinator, National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE)




Panel Discussion: The Evolution of Behavioral Health Design

As design for behavioral and mental health continues to grow, it has become abundantly clear that if environments are to be effective and provide patients with health, wellness and personal autonomy, they must continually evolve. Led by two architects who are thought leaders in the field of behavioral health design, this esteemed panel will talk about the current and future state of the practice in mental and behavioral healthcare and their implications for design. 

Senior Vice President




Kayvan Madani Nejad, PhD, AIA
Director, Senior Healthcare Architect
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, CES | OFP | CFM 





Jamie Norwood, AIA, EDAC, LEED AP BD+C
Associate Principal
Hord Coplan Macht




Melanie M.S. Baumhover, AIA, LEED AP




Arien Cartrette, AIA




Presentation — The Intersection of Diagnosis, Dignity and Design for Mental and Behavioral Health Communities in Crisis

Presenters will provide novel guidance on Crisis Center planning, design, and construction to ensure maximum dignity and accurate diagnosis for individuals served. The model presented fills a gap in design recommendations between intensive outpatient and hospital settings. 

Kimberly N. McMurray, AIA, NCARB, EDAC, MBA
Behavioral Health Facility Consulting, LLC




John Lovett, DSc
Alabama State Director
Benchmark Human Services




Facilitated Discussion/Group Work

Panel moderator Shary Adams will lead an interactive discussion where you will delve further into the challenges and opportunities in behavioral health design. This is your chance to roll up your sleeves, take a deep dive into the issues and pose potential strategies for the larger group.



Angela Mazzi, FAIA, FACHA, EDAC
Principal and Senior Medical Planner
GBBN Architects





Francis Murdock Pitts, FAIA, FACHA, OAA




Emily Kohout




Case Study — Sheppard Pratt Baltimore/Washington Behavioral Health Campus

The new Sheppard Pratt Behavioral Health Hospital on its net Baltimore/Washington campus aims to address the urgent need for mental health care resources in its surrounding community, and set an example for other organizations across the country. With an overarching goal of fostering community and belonging to those who enter, honoring nature as an integral part of the healing process was central to its design. 

Tim Rommel, AIA, MRAIC
Principal, Mental Healthcare Practice Leader




Stephen M. Merz, FACHE
Chief Operating Officer
Sheppard Pratt Solutions




Wrap up