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Regulatory agencies are also playing a role,
with the Joint Commission and Centers for
Medicare & Medicaid Services recently addressing suicide prevention and ligature risk
in facilities, while the Facility Guidelines Institute has updated codes and safety requirements in existing behavioral health facilities,
igniting an increase in renovation and retrofit
projects, says Kimberly McMurray, principal
of Behavioral Health Facility Consulting LLC
(Tuscaloosa, Ala.). New and expanding avenues
of funding, including rural health and mental
health block grants from the U.S. Department
of Health and Human Services, are also driving more support to this growing market, she
says. "Up until the last few years, behavioral
health projects have been minor renovations,"
McMurray says. "Only since behavioral health
came out of the shadows and into the light and
funding started to become available could organizations do significant renovation to projects
and in some cases build a new unit."
SURVEYING THE LANDSCAPE

All these factors are bringing a breadth
of new facilities to market, with recent

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N THE 1990S , Frank Pitts, architect and founder of Architecture+ (Troy, N.Y.), says his firm engaged a consultant to
assess the mental health design market. Specifically, Pitts
wanted to know if the sector was a viable focus of work for
a small firm like his. The expert concluded it wasn't-an
answer that Pitts says was both right and wrong at the
time. "She was right that there was no market in the larger
scheme, but there was a niche market," he says. And with so
few firms specializing in mental health design, his firm found a path for
growth. "You can't say that today," Pitts says. "It's astonishing to see the
volume of work that's happening right now and the number of our colleagues who are paying attention. It's not a niche practice anymore; everybody is doing it."
The uptick in activity is being driven by a variety of factors, according
to architecture firms and industry consultants across the country. For
starters, Pitts, who has now spent much of his 40-plus-year career as an
advocate, educator, and designer for psychiatric facility design, says there
was pent-up need and demand for services that weren't addressed for decades. Then, more recently, new or expanded legislation and standards
pushed a trend toward greater investment in treatment, including the
Affordable Care Act, which broadened mental health and substance use
disorder coverage and required parity with medical and surgical benefits.
As more design professionals are being personally impacted by mental
health issues within their families or communities, Pitts says he's seeing
some make commitments to take on mental health work at their firms in
an effort to help make a difference.


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