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How Healing Design Can Overcome the Security-Comfort Tension in Behavioral Health Facilities

    behavioral health design

    The new focus on population health, combined with the skyrocketing demand for behavioral health services, has led to a surge in new builds and renovations of behavioral health facilities. Architects and facility planners have the important role of creating comfortable facilities while also maintaining high security, which can be a challenge.

    To tackle this challenge, we’ve identified five core design characteristics that are essential to new era behavioral health environments: space flexibility, access to nature, calming interior design, positive distractions, and clear lines of sight.

    Read this briefing to learn how innovative facilities are using one or more of these design characteristics to best navigate this tension in emergency and extended stay behavioral health settings.

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