President of Behavioral Health Facility Consulting, LLC
James M. Hunt, President of Behavioral Health Facility Consulting, LLC (www.bhfcllc.com) is a behavioral healthcare facility design consultant. His experience includes over 40 years as a practicing architect and facility management professional. He is a registered Architect and began his career practicing architecture for several major healthcare projects. He then served as director of facilities management for the Menninger Clinic for 20 years. He regularly publishes articles and speaks at major conferences on the unique requirements for successful behavioral healthcare design. He is the coauthor of “The Design Guide for the Built Environment of Behavioral Health Facilities” that is published electronically on the website of the Facility Guidelines Institute (www.fgiguidelines.org/resources).
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EDAC Advocate Firm Project ∘
The goal of this project was to embody integration and openness, to provide a safe and welcoming environment for long-term mental health patients, and to promote healing and independence for patients in their recovery journeys.
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.
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