The following design solutions are a brief summary of the content found in Reducing Injury and Harm: An Issue Brief on Safety for Behavioral & Mental Health. They are organized by building design category.
- Ensure that exterior areas accessible to the unit or patients are well-lit.
- Secure the outdoor perimeter in a manner appropriate for the population served, and consider exterior fences and walls designed to mitigate elopement.
- Select and design exterior landscaping to mitigate the risk of elopement through access to roofs, fences, or walls.
- Design exterior landscaping to allow visibility and surveillance by staff where patients have outdoor access to detect and mitigate patient self-harm and elopement.
- Select non-toxic exterior (and interior) landscaping to preclude the use of landscaping features (e.g., branches) as weapons.
- Provide visual and/or physical access to nature for patients, where possible, as appropriate for...
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