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Let's discuss behavioral healthcare design assumptions

November 2, 2013
by James M. Hunt
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Let’s discuss Behavioral Health Design Assumptions

Commonly held assumptions that have been considered conventional wisdom for many years are still used as the basis of behavioral health facility design decisions.  Whether or not they are valid for use in today’s facilities will be the discussion topic at one of the sessions at the Healthcare Design Conference 2013 in Orlando, FL on November 13th.

I will be leading this discussion (Session E-47  Behavioral Health Design, What You “Know” that “Just Ain’t So)” which is based upon a two part article that was printed in Behavioral Healthcare Magazine in November/December 2012 and January/February 2013 (Design Mistakes: What many ‘know that ‘just ain’t so’).  If you read the articles and thought I am full of hot air (or other substances), this is a chance to tell me where I am wrong.  I sincerely hope that this session will be a lively discussion. 

A revised and updated version of the original paper will be available to the conference attendees prior to the session.  If you are coming to the HCD13 Conference this year and are interested in this topic, let’s see if we can figure these things out together.  I will post the results of the discussion here and possibly make them available to Healthcare Design magazine’s readers also.  


Jim Hunt

Behavioral Healthcare Design Consultant

Jim Hunt


James M. Hunt, AIA, is a practicing architect and facility management professional with over 40...

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