11/5/2019 2:30 – 3:30 PM
Track:Behavioral Health Practices
Located in the heart of downtown Kansas City, The University of Kansas Health System recently opened a new 48-bed behavioral health facility that strengthens the mental and economic wellness of the urban core. The health center is located in a renovated five-story office building that presented design challenges but also created opportunities to bring mental health services within close proximity to an underserved population. Overcoming challenges presented by the existing perimeter, geometry, structural grid, and limited access to outdoors, the design implements behavioral health best practices to support efficient and effective delivery of care while supporting the safety of patients and staff.