E29 Designing for Adolescents in Mental Health Crisis: A Story of Research, Innovation, and Hope

  • Room: Sarasota 1-3
  • Session Number:E29
Sunday, November 12, 2017: 1:45 PM - 2:45 PM


Angela Naylor RN, BSN, MHP
Chief Nurse Executive – Behavioral Health
MultiCare Health System
Jessica Radecki AIA, LEED AP, Certified Lean-Sigma Green Belt
Associate Principal, Medical Planner
Clark/Kjos Architects


Adolescence can be a tumultuous time in one’s life. Mental health conditions often surface during this stage, and it may be the first time that some patients enter an inpatient behavioral health unit. How can design best support this patient population that is transitioning from childhood to adulthood? Learn how a design team utilized research, Lean processes, and innovation to solve the challenges of this unique patient population for the 27-bed Adolescent Behavioral Health Unit in Tacoma, Wash. Find out how design can support a seclusion- and restraint-free care model and how pushing beyond the conventions of behavioral healthcare design was achieved.


Learning Objectives

Hear current trends in behavioral healthcare models that impact the design of the built environment. Examine how research influenced and contributed to shaping the environment and the attitudes of clinical operations, design, and construction teams. Learn about highly specialized spaces and innovations in behavioral health design that contribute to improved safety for patients and staff. Learn how Lean tools were utilized to quickly gain consensus, innovate, meet an aggressive project schedule, and achieve goals.

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