- Comfort and control for users: These elements allow for privacy, safety, and minimized anxiety. Eased orientation, plenty of controlled natural light, curated artworks, and settings for social interaction are vital, too.
- Operations understanding: “Behavioral health designs begin with the flow of treatment — inpatient vs. outpatient — and they culminate in support for the caregivers’ young clients, often joined by their parents alongside,” says Maggie Mitchell. “Analysis of proposed sites and facilities is critical, not just to maximize usage but also to boost openness and ventilation, and create favorable adjacencies for homework areas, cafés and break zones, and places for parents to hang out.”
- Safety, both perceived and physical: This is a key design criterion for behavioral health clinics. Examples of these features, says Molly California, protect patients from self-harm or accidents: safe stairwells, anti-ligature hardware, “break-away” products such as shower hoses and drapes, and fixtures designed without sharp edges. “Just as important, we look to craft welcoming and therapeutic interiors that are truly healing places,” says California. “Furnishings in behavioral health settings should be commercial grade but avoid looking institutional.”
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