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A Safe, Welcoming Space for Behavioral Health Patients

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The new home of UCSF’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences aims to promote transparency and normalize mental health care. The sterile interiors and small windows normally associated with psychiatric facilities have been replaced by large windows and white-oak floors. The facility’s design reflects the importance of access to daylight and nature, which have been associated with shortened hospital stays and improved patient outcomes.