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Insights & Solutions

Interview
February 2018 Interview
Learn about how the design of a new psychiatric facility strives to normalize mental illness through carefully chosen materials with the goal of creating a “homey,” non-institutional setting, why private patient rooms will be included in the new final building as an important part of the design concept, and how research helped shape the architects’ beliefs that the built environment should support patients’ dignity and independence as part of the recovery process.
Project Brief
February 2018 Project Brief
Learn about how a county directive to relocate different behavioral health programs into one location led to a unique design for serving low to high-risk populations in an integrated facility, and how collaboration among the architect, interior designer, landscape architect, owner, staff, and clients played an integral role in shaping the programming and design.
Executive Summary
February 2018 Executive Summary
Behavioral and mental health (BMH) conditions affect one in five adults in the United States each year, and are even more common among patients receiving care for medical conditions. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, the spectrum of BMH conditions includes anxiety, attention deficit disorders, autism spectrum disorders, bipolar disorders, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), substance abuse, and suicide, among others. Up to 45% of patients admitted to the hospital for a medical condition or presenting to the emergency department with a minor injury also have a concurrent BMH condition. These BMH comorbidities increase the risk of psychological harm associated with care.
Webinar
January 2018 Webinar
Art and Science: in their finest expressions, they are one and the same. We face complex problems and no single approach can provide all the answers. One cannot be a socially responsible designer or scientist without using both intuition and research. This presentation cites historical and contemporary examples of individuals who support their simultaneous use to achieve creativity.
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Tool
February 2018 Tool
Design interventions to improve well-being for patients with behavioral and mental health (BMH) conditions will often have impacts on other populations, as well (e.g., staff, visitors, non-BMH patients who use the same facility). This tool will help you consider those broader impacts and incorporate them into an evidence-based process for a universal design approach.  By evaluating the system-wide impact of potential design features, you will be able to purposefully accentuate benefits and reduce risks to other populations and conduct a more accurate benefit analysis.   
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Interview
February 2018 Interview
Inside you will learn about: why relationships are at the heart of successful psychiatric treatment strategies, how effective designs can facilitate positive interactions between clinicians and patients, the benefits of using a community treatment model that allows patients to access services in carefully designed “neighborhood treatment malls.”
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Interview
February 2018 Interview
Inside you will learn about: why behavioral health facilities have very different design requirements than general hospitals, how different areas of a behavioral health unit have different safety needs that influence design choices, which types of safety measures and products should be incorporated into behavioral health units.
Issue Brief
February 2018 Issue Brief
As part of the Behavioral & Mental Health toolbox, in this issue brief you will learn about the prevalence of behavioral and mental health conditions as comorbidities; design strategies for promoting psychological wellness; and a systematic benefit analysis approach to meet the psychological needs of all.
EDAC Advocate Firm Project
January 2010 EDAC Advocate Firm Project
The goal of this project was to establish a 960,000-square foot greenfield site. Regional hospital is being designed, built, financed and maintained (DBFM) for 30 years in Ontario, Canada under an AFP (Alternative Finance Procurement) process, a form of public private partnership delivery, which is now the norm in most of Canada, Europe and Australia.
EDAC Advocate Firm Project
January 2010 EDAC Advocate Firm Project
The goal of this project was to design of the new Nanaimo Regional General Hospital (NRGH) Emergency Department would be guided by the following four values: timely, respectful, quality care, and a place where people would want to come to work.