Magazine article Behavioral Healthcare Executive

Designing a Brighter Future

Magazine article Behavioral Healthcare Executive

Designing a Brighter Future

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I love HGTV. I don't have cable, so family and friends chuckle at my requests to have some "TV time" at their homes. I'm captivated by how the right fabric here, the carefully chosen color there, and close attention to a client's preferences can help an interior designer create a pleasing, warm, comfortable, and sometimes kid-friendly environment.

Some behavioral healthcare facilities probably could benefit from HGTV-inspired ideas. Of course, the quality of the services is what really matters, but the physical space certainly can have an impact on clients' and staffs' moods and expectations. Just changing a paint color can make a big difference. For example, the Carrier Clinic in New Jersey created warmer, cheerier rooms by painting gray cinder-block walls with hues named Gleeful, June Day, Wisteria, Inspiring Lilac, Butter Up, and Exciting Orange (See behavioral.net/steel0708 for before and after photos).

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Some behavioral healthcare facilities need more than a simple makeover. Many psychiatric hospitals, some built in the 1800s, no longer provide environments conducive to effective, efficient, and recovery-oriented care delivery, and in this issue we present plans to reinvent these campuses. …

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