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Nature is central component at Swift River Massachusetts

January 13, 2017  |  Jill Sederstrom
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The main building at Swift River, which can house up to 60 residents, was ideal for detox and residential programs, while two additional dorms, which can house anywhere from 20 to 30 residents each, had room for partial hospitalization and intensive...

Better mental health through window design

December 28, 2016  |  Kevin Turner
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A facility’s windows should be more than another level of security. They should incorporate features that are part of the therapy, enhancing the patient's well-being.

Emergency departments must aim for change

December 21, 2016  |  Kevin Turner
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Having a high number of mental health patients boarded in the emergency department has a dramatic effect on the throughput.

West L.A. Betty Ford Center focuses on privacy, convenience

November 30, 2016  |  Donna Marbury
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The Betty Ford Center in West Los Angeles is the first satellite facility built under the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation name after the 2014 merger.

ARS designs dedicated residential center for fire fighters

September 13, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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Advanced Recovery Systems partnered with the International Association of Fire Fighters to strategize everything from the center's programming to the interior design to ensure sensitivity to the needs of fire fighters.

Why you should consider geography in your architecture and design

August 4, 2016  |  Jill Sederstrom
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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.

Pediatric inpatient units, outpatient clinics require a special touch

June 21, 2016  |  Kevin Turner
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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
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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.

Seek out more evidence in evidence based design

April 21, 2016  |  Kevin Turner
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We should design spaces based on solid, proven scientific principles so that we know the space will work for the patients it serves.

Good design is a safety feature

April 12, 2016  |  Kevin Turner
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We do not have to sacrifice a therapeutic environment in the name of safety because a well-designed therapeutic environment is a safety feature.

Autism center rebuilds following Joplin tornado

February 23, 2016  |  Julia Brown, Associate Editor
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 A couple donated $3 million to replace the former center. In November, the 19,100 square-foot, completely customized Bill and Virginia Leffen Center for Autism reopened.

Don’t overlook ceiling tile choices

November 13, 2015  |  Kevin Turner
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 If your facility design includes acoustical ceiling tile, aim for a ceiling height at least as high as a basketball hoop. 

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