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Why you should consider geography in your architecture and design

August 4, 2016  |  Jill Sederstrom

Geography is often a key factor in shaping the design of a behavioral healthcare facility and can influence design choices such as color, materials, lighting or structural elements of a building.

Sunspire Health opens Key Largo, Fla., treatment program

July 8, 2016  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor

Sunspire Health’s newest addiction treatment program provides dialectical behavioral therapy, as well as individual and group therapy sessions.

Pediatric inpatient units, outpatient clinics require a special touch

June 21, 2016  |  Kevin Turner

Designers must create therapeutic environments carefully tuned to the needs of children and adolescents.

Consider cognitive impairment and the psychiatric environment

May 17, 2016  |  Kevin Turner

Cognitive impairment can become a trigger for the patient’s symptoms, and of course, one of the goals of a psychiatric care setting is to avoid triggering those symptoms so the patient can begin to experience wellness.

Good design is a safety feature

April 12, 2016  |  Kevin Turner

We do not have to sacrifice a therapeutic environment in the name of safety because a well-designed therapeutic environment is a safety feature.

Growth trend continued in Q4 of 2015

February 26, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

Here's a roundup of 2015 earnings reports for Acadia, American Addiction Centers and Universal Health Services. Acquisitions and new growth after a potential change to the IMD exclusion were key issues.

Don’t overlook ceiling tile choices

November 13, 2015  |  Kevin Turner

 If your facility design includes acoustical ceiling tile, aim for a ceiling height at least as high as a basketball hoop. 

Rogers Behavioral enters Minneapolis market

November 10, 2015  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

Rogers Behavioral Health will be entering its fifth state with the opening of a new Minneapolis facility in spring 2016, offering partial hospital and intensive outpatient programs.

Tune up your lighting choices

October 16, 2015  |  Kevin Turner

Before you install another compact fluorescent light bulb, consider that LED lights can be manufactured at any wavelength to produce more pleasing environments.

RCA files suit in NIMBY fight

October 7, 2015  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

Recovery Centers of America has filed suit against a New Jersey planning board for what it calls outrageous and discriminatory decisions.

Be careful with use of textures in wall finishes

September 30, 2015  |  Kevin Turner

Be warned that the right setting for certain textures might not be a behavioral health facility, so make sure you know what you're doing.

Vermont Psychiatric Care Hospital receives international design award

July 23, 2015  |  Julia Brown, Associate Editor

Designed after Tropical Storm Irene damaged the existing hospital, the new facility was honored with awards for Mental Health Project and Design Project at the 11th Design & Health World Congress.


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