Annual showcase highlights safety, patient flow, and community integration

May 15, 2014     Shannon Brys, Associate Editor

When you gather a group of designers and architects together in the same room, there are bound to be lively debates and discussions. That’s exactly what happened when the four jury members convened to discuss the projects submitted for the 2014 ...

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. 

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