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Tuesday, December 7, 2021  |  1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Open to Conference Attendees Only

Planning the new Austin State Hospital for the continuum of care

Sydney Harris
Director of Mental Health Care Redesign, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Brian D. Roeder
Principal, Page Southerland Page, Inc.
Dr Stacey Thompson
Psychologist and the Superintendent, Austin State Hospital
Sara Wengert
Principal, architecture+

The new Austin State Hospital (ASH) will serve as the anchor of ambitious master plan developed by a consortium of innovative stakeholders. The ASH Resign has initiated construction on a 240-bed inpatient building which will offer brain health care to some of the most vulnerable members of the central Texas community. This presentation will discuss the role of this cutting edge building in the State's effort to integrate its inpatient care model within the full spectrum of brain health services, create partnerships among care providers and establish a presence in the community that visibly defies stigma. It will discuss the evolution of the building plan and how the organization of the building's components, therapy areas, support spaces both indoors and outdoors create a progressive recovery and emergence of patients from living quarters into the greater care community. We will share the processes of managing monumental change in the healthcare environment with key users.


1. Observe the Master Planning efforts and the role of the new Austin State Hospital.
2. Evaluate the development organizational models that support best practices for the new State Hospital.
3. Measure key programming goals and innovative design attributes for addressing brain health
4. Understanding projected changes in patient flow at the new State Hospital.