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2022 PDC Summit

The Future of Behavioral Health Care: Rethinking Milieu

Mar 22, 2022 8:15am ‐ Mar 22, 2022 9:15am

Credits: None available.


Helping those experiencing an acute behavioral health crisis navigate it and return successfully to daily life is part of the mission guiding Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center’s replacement behavioral health facility at its College Hill campus. Beginning with the philosophy that the healing process is the result of treatment and treatment is based in programming, the new project implemented state-of-the-art thinking in therapy based on pilot study data conducted in the existing space. Through a cohorted curriculum-like daily structure, patients will experience a radical decrease in downtime. Learn how the design was informed by pilot study data indicating programming engagement and decreased downtime contribute to shorter stays, reduced time in restraint, less medication, and improved family engagement. Milieu types and scale suited to particular therapeutic needs and patient progress will be explored. We will share our evidence-based process for collecting and integrating diverse points of view as well as the challenges faced to design during the pandemic and adapt to increasing cost escalation while providing therapeutic spaces that promote wellness.

Learning Objectives:
  • Discuss the advantages of a curriculum based-program with patient cohort pods to target therapeutic work.
  • List variety and types of milieu needed to reduce patient aggression and promote engagement in treatment to promote safety and stress reduction for patients and staff.
  • Name specific design and program elements that reduce patient escalation and how this contributes to improved patient outcomes.
  • Integrate qualitative and quantitative data with a participatory design process that leads to more inclusive and responsive design.
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  • Joseph Luria, MD, VP Mental Health Operations, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
  • Angela Mazzi, FAIA, FACHA, EDAC, Principal, GBBN Architects


  • 1.00 - CEC

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