Mental and behavioral health facilities are among the last health specializations to be addressed systematically by design and research communities. Recent publications have drawn attention to the issues associated with providing therapeutic and supportive environments. Representatives of health care design firms and academic researchers will introduce trends and findings and then the panel will discuss basic concepts. The presenters will also survey the audience regarding their perceptions of the most critical factors in mental and behavioral health facility design.
1.) Discover the most pressing design issues related to mental and behavioral health facilities.
2.) Encounter the most recent research related to the design of mental and behavioral health facilities.
3.) Identify potential impacts of the indoor and outdoor physical environment on patient outcomes.
4.) Discover future trends in psychiatric facilities.