Find a home for patients’ personal items

July 23, 2014     Joseph Doherty

Patients often become fixated on their personal belongings or might need to retrieve a forgotten personal item, requiring staff to dedicate patient-care time to retrieving patient belongings.

How safe is your emergency department for behavioral health patients and staff?

June 18, 2014     James M. Hunt, AIA

In recent years, healthcare organizations have experienced a growing number of patients with behavioral health issues presenting in their Emergency Departments.  This has...

Commitment debate fueled by the perception of the psychiatric hospital

June 16, 2014     Kevin Turner

Why would anyone object to being treated for their illness? Is it because the space seems less than beautiful?

Nepean Mental Health Centre

May 30, 2014     Kristin Zeit

Nepean Mental Health Centre in Penrith, New South Wales, Australia, which opened in March 2014, was modeled on the construction of the human brain.

12 details to review in gender-responsive spaces

May 28, 2014     Olivia Yetter

Three organizations created a collaborative project to redesign lobbies, rooms, parking lots, and common areas in a specific way to better deliver trauma-informed and gender-responsive care

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...

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