The shortage of mental health beds for youth is a nationwide problem. One organization overcame legislative hurdles to fill the gap with a new psychiatric hospital. The hospital remains at 100% capacity, and turns away five patients per day. PrairieCare used staff and parent input, product research, and best practices to create a highly secure setting that is aesthetically approachable, tailored to its population, and non-institutional. Patient and staff surveys provide lessons learned for care delivery and design innovations.
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