Francis (Frank) Murdock Pitts is the founding partner and president of architecture+. He has more than 30 years of experience in the planning and design of psychiatric healthcare facilities for special populations, long-term care, and secure institutions. He’s a leader of the AIA Academy of Architecture for Health and the American College of Healthcare Architects. He previously served on the FGI Guidelines for Design and Construction of Hospital and Health Care Facilities committee.
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For many years, legal precedents have spoken to the need for quality environments for behavioral health patients. Behavioral health facilities span a wide range of care environments including psychiatric hospitals, psychiatric neuropsychiatric nursing units of general hospitals, facilities for the psychiatric medically infirm, neuropsychiatric units, alcohol and drug addiction retreatment facilities, mental health clinics, day hospitals, and day treatment centers. The wide variety of setting and diagnosis is one of the major impediments to creating evidence based design guidelines for behavioral health facilities.
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