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Behavioral & Mental Health

Behavioral and mental health (BMH) conditions affect one of five adults in the U.S. each year, and are even more common among patients receiving care for medical conditions. 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. Providing these patients with a healing, therapeutic environment should be an important goal for health design. Design interventions aimed at improving the psychological well-being of patients with BMH comorbidities may be more cost-effective than they initially appear, because they can be leveraged to support improved well-being for other populations as well, including other patients, staff, and visitors. 

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Insights & Solutions

Webinar
July 2020 Webinar
This webinar will offer new lessons learned and insights arising out of 20 mental health projects currently in design, under construction, or recently occupied encompassing over 5,000 beds in 14 States in every part of the United States. 
Webinar
July 2020 Webinar
This webinar will explore the impact the pandemic has had on outpatient behavioral health care. Presenters will share insights and lessons learned from care providers, discuss systemic changes to reimbursement and operations, evaluate what changes will remain in the future, and explore essential design considerations for behavioral health outpatient care that we need to embrace as we transition into the “new normal” of the post-pandemic world.
Tool
March 2020 Tool
Understanding the personal abilities and unique challenges faced by aging individuals, especially those living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, better equips design teams to create supportive care and living spaces. Changes that can be credited to dementia are noticeably different from the changes typical of normal aging, but both can occur at the same time. 
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