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Wednesday, September 20, 2017  |  8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Open to Conference Attendees Only

Healing design for teens in crisis: A story of innovation, research & hope

Angela Naylor -RN, BSN, MHP
Chief Nurse Executive Behavioral Health, MultiCare Health System
Jessica Radecki
Medical Planner, Associate Principal, Clark Kjos Architects

Adolescence can be a tumultuous time in one’s life. Mental health conditions often surface during this time and, for some, this may be their first experience in an inpatient behavioral health unit. How can we, as the design community, best support this complex patient population that is transitioning from childhood to adulthood? Find out how the project team utilized research, LEAN and innovation to solve the challenges of this unique patient population for the 27-bed Adolescent Behavioral Health Unit in Tacoma, Washington in a facility to welcome teen patients with dignity and respect employing a therapeutic and engaging design strategy. Learn about what it means to support a “seclusion and restraint-free” model of care, the nuances of this special patient population in a project that went beyond the current trends in behavioral health design to innovate and create an environment that is fresh, therapeutic, safe and rooted in research.


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

SESSION FOCUS AREAS: = Generative Space = American Society of Interior Designers = NOAH