What defines a behavioral healthcare facility?

May 13, 2014     Charlene Marietti

Replacing long-term psychiatric facilities, the current correctional system is a ‘de facto’ holding tank for the mentally ill. 

Assessments of patients' risk of suicide still not effective...design accordingly

April 19, 2014     James M. Hunt, AIA

There were 775 Root Cause Analyses of suicides studied by The Joint Commission from 2004 through 2013.  Of those, “Assessment” was a root cause in 624 (80%) of the cases and the “Physical Environment” was a root cause in 329 (42%)...

Eliminate curtains from all patient accessible areas

April 10, 2014     James M. Hunt, AlA

Curtains can visually soften a room but they also present some very serious potential hazards. 

New mental health hospital to open in North Carolina

April 4, 2014     Shannon Brys, Associate Editor

Carolinas Healthcare, which has inpatient, outpatient, school-based, crisis and residential treatment programs, will open a new facility in Davidson on Monday.


New 2014 Edition of the FGI GUIDELINES Now Available: New Requirement for Safety Risk Assessments

April 1, 2014     James M. Hunt, AIA

This document is considered by many to create the “Standard of Care” for designing any kind of healthcare facility.  Some states have adopted it as law and many states write their own requirements based on this...

Surrounding recovery with nature

February 28, 2014     Shannon Brys, Associate Editor

Black Bear Lodge, the newest treatment program owned by Foundations Recovery Network, is set in the mountains of Georgia. 

Inpatient bathroom location options

February 21, 2014     James M. Hunt, AIA

  Where to locate the patient bathroom within a patient bedroom can be a very controversial issue with strong feelings voiced by many.  This blog will discuss the options and the positive and negative aspects of...

Proud of your facility design? Let’s see it!

February 18, 2014     Shannon Brys, Associate Editor

Behavioral Healthcare is now accepting submissions for the 6th annual Behavioral Healthcare Health and Human Services Showcase. 

Environment can help, but it can't cure

January 19, 2014     James M. Hunt, AIA

Buildings cannot provide treatment.  Only human beings can provide treatment.  Placing a patient with a broken leg in the absolute ideal environment will not set the bone.  Similarly, providing the best possible space for a psychotic or suicidal...

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