Returning Home: Advancements in Veteran Mental Health

Time: 12:20 - 12:40

Date: 9 June 2022

9-june-2022 12:20 9-june-2022 12:40 Europe/London Returning Home: Advancements in Veteran Mental Health

As part of the largest healthcare system in the US with the greatest number of mental health patients, the VA system has a substantial impact upon the mental health design landscape. Several new projects and design guides have been deployed that evolve these design drivers further. Starting with the VA’s new Inpatient Mental Health Design… Read more »

Design in Mental Health

Synopsis

As part of the largest healthcare system in the US with the greatest number of mental health patients, the VA system has a substantial impact upon the mental health design landscape. Several new projects and design guides have been deployed that evolve these design drivers further. Starting with the VA’s new Inpatient Mental Health Design guide, which covers both residential rehabilitation as well as new or renovated inpatient psychiatric facilities throughout the United States. Both the Inpatient and Outpatient design guide captures a number of trends, from supporting women’s mental health with specific planning principles that address military sexual trauma victims such as specific design templates and unit types. As well, the advancement from semi-private to private patient rooms, addressing combat trauma, traumatic brain injury (TBI) and PTSD that are unique to this patient population. Not limited to inpatient facilities, such projects as the new VAMC Puget Sound Mental Health & Research facility, embodies these principles to serve formerly homeless veterans, those experiencing substance use disorders and other comorbidities while advancing mental health research. These trend influences both major hospital campuses such as the recent renovations of VAMC Bay Pines campus to smaller community-based outpatient clinics (CBOC) such as the VA Butler CBOC, among numerous others. These project case studies will highlight emerging design trends that evolve and elevate veteran mental health.

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