Webinar: Psychiatric crisis centers and ED's: Trends, drivers and examples

When:  Oct 13, 2020 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM (ET)

Psychiatric crisis centers and ED's: Trends, drivers and examples

This webinar is sponsored by the Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH) and provides 1 HSW credit.


Targeting more appropriate emergency department utilization and focusing care on those in actual need of emergency care has been a systemic pre-occupation of somatic medicine for several years. During that same period, the utilization of emergency departments for mental health care has grown significantly adding real pressures to emergency department operations and adding an increasingly challenging population to the ED case mix. This combination of systemic change in care models coupled with an increased volume has created a crisis for both emergency departments and for the care of those suffering from emergent mental illness.

In response to both crises, new care models, care settings and systemic responses have emerged to better manage the flow of care and to improve the setting in which care is provided. This webinar will discuss these trends with an emphasis on recent thinking about the appropriate care environment for treating emergent mental illness. We will discuss both the systemic trends underlying the changes that we are beginning to experience and will show examples of care environments that are responding to these trends.


After participating in this webinar attendees will:

1. Understand the range of settings in which emergent mental illness is treated.
2. Understand the impact that systemic change could have on care volumes and care setting design.
3. Have learned about key drivers influencing the planning and design of environments supporting the care of emergent mental illness.
4. Better understand the flows between settings and services on the emergent care treatment continuum.




This session is part of the Master’s Series by the Academy of Architecture for Health.  The web-based 60-minute seminars are intended to provide healthcare design professionals with the opportunity to ʺdeep diveʺ into topics which are highly technical and/or complex.


Francis Murdock Pitts FAIA, FACHA, OAA

Francis Pitts is widely recognized as one of the leading planners and designers of psychiatric facilities and as a leader in the development of an evidence-based design practice culture in North America. He has consulted on more than 300 projects involving well over 20,000 mental health beds in clinical settings located in in all parts of the North America.     In his leadership positions in the AIA Academy of Architecture for Health and ACHA he has advocated the development of practice cultures that evince evidence-based design.  His work for the mentally ill was recognized by the Center for Health Design with their 2018 Changemaker Award.



Yvonne Nagy, Principal and Regional Leader of Healthcare has close to 20 years of experience working for large academic medical centers and regional healthcare systems.  With experience in all phases of project delivery, Yvonne specializes in project management, specifically focusing on how collaborative project team dynamics yield greater value for both clients and their delivery teams.

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Welcome Desk, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, NBBJ/architecture+, Associated Architects

Photo Credit: Edward Caruso/NBBJ