11/10/2020 1:15 – 2:15 PM

Track:Behavioral Health Practices


Nathan Howell


HKS, Inc.

Hannah Shultz

Architectural Professional

HKS, Inc.

Session Description

It is estimated that in the United States one in eight visits to the emergency department are for a mental health or substance abuse issue. The complex history of care for mental and behavioral health has systematically influenced the opportunities for care and emergency departments (ED) often act as the front door. This session presents results of literature review study completed during the 2019-2020 HKS Health Fellowship and examines the role of emergency psychiatric care spaces (e.g., crisis stabilization units, holding units) and their impact on the health and well-being of individuals presenting in a mental or behavioral health crisis. Come hear valuable lessons learned.