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Behavioral and Mental Health: Design for the Next Generation of Care and Care Spaces

September 2021

The Workshop

The challenges created by today’s growing mental health crisis, especially in light of the pandemic, 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, are flexible to respond to fluid care needs, and offer equity to patients.

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

This virtual workshop provides the latest in design thinking for behavioral health care and settings and offers 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.



Welcome Opening Remarks & Introductions

Avein Saaty-Tafoya, EDAC, Principal, AST Consulting


Opening Keynote—State of the Practice in Behavioral and Mental Health Care

Harsh K. Trivedi, MD, MBA, President & CEO, Sheppard Pratt


Panel Discussion: The Evolution of Care and Design

Shary Adams, AIA, ACHA, EDAC, LEED AP BD+C, Senior Vice President, CannonDesign

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

Marsden McGuire, Director, Continuum of Care & General Mental Health Services, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Elizabeth Czekanski, DNP, MS, RN-BC, NE-BC, VHA-CM, Mental Health Clinical Nurse Advisor, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Janine Scheiner, PhD., Retired Professor, Psychological & Brain Sciences, Dartmouth College; Retired Professor of Psychiatry at The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth


Audience Q&A with Panel


Medical Complexity: A Case Study

Thomas Heinrich MD, Family Medicine, Neuropsychiatry, Psychiatry, Froedtert Hospital

Christine S. Buth, MHA, BSN, RN, NE-BC, Director of Nursing Inpatient Medicine, Froedtert Hospital


Panel Discussion: Outside the Box—Next Gen Solutions

Samia Mansour, Assoc. AIA, EDAC, LEED Green Associate, Architectural Designer, Cuningham Group

Jacob Richie, Designer III, Associate, Perkins & Will

Hannah Shultz, Assoc. AIA, Design Professional I – Architecture, HKS

Scott Bales, AIA, LEED Green Associate, Associate, Cuningham Group


Audience Q&A with Next Gen Panel


Children and Adolescents: Design and Operations Across the Continuum of Care

Ed Cheshire, RA, Senior Project Manager, Nationwide Children's Hospital


Panel Discussion: Behavioral Health Design—Now and into the Future

Facilitator: Shary Adams, AIA, ACHA, EDAC, LEED AP BD+C, Senior Vice President, CannonDesign

Tonia Burnette, RA, Sr. Director | Architecture + Planning, Johns Hopkins Health System

Jill Johnson, FACHE, Chief Operating Officer, MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center


Observations and Wrap Up



Behavioral and Mental Health: Design for the Next Generation of Care and Care Spaces

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