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    Erin Sharp Newton
    Feb 1, '22 8:23 AM EST

    Moderator Donna Terzano, AIA, a project manager with RWJ Barnabas health and former AIA CNJ President —  hosted the virtual education event:  “The Architecture of Mental Health – Behavioral Health Design”

    on Friday, November 19, 2021, from 12:00-1:00 pm

    Organized by Erin Sharp-Newton. Erin & her guests: Elizabeth Sullivan, and Kimberly McMurray, AIA spoke about the past, present and future of psychiatric facilities and mental health environments known as behavioral health design. The panel covered an overview of the history of stigmatizing mental health and the interwoven history of advocacy and went through to addressing critical behavioral health design expertise, regarding safety, security, regulations & requirements. Also presented was data speaking to the current mental health data resulting from current issues, the pandemic, future unknowns, the effects of stress and isolation on mental health, and culminated in discussion on the vision for a healing future.

    Above images show Robert Wood Johnson Somerset's Behavioral Health Unit for Eating Disorders as the result of of a campus-wide behavioral health master vision plan.  This project shows evidence based design principals integrated with Innovation.  

    RWJUH Somerset
    Jeffrey Totaro Photographer
    NK Architects
    DCC Design Group
    LKU Engineers
    O.A. Petersen Construction
    O&N Structural Enginners

    See Also:

    NK Architects:

    AIA CNJ Behavioral Health Design Video

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