This session will present information and testimonials from the emergency department, social workers, and facilities staff that helped to design the behavioral health section of an existing emergency department. This emergency department expansion began with the goal to create a calm and thoughtfully purposed addition to an existing emergency department. The session will reflect on the successes and failures of the project, discuss code/regulation/construction issues, and a discussion of product selection/tools useful for successful behavioral health design environments.
Discuss the needs of behavioral health in the emergency department and different strategies for success.
Explore the Risk Assessment Tool for patient and staff safety.
Discuss successful product selections for behavioral health.
Provide lessons learned from recent Joint Commission code and regulatory changes for designing behavioral health spaces.