Mental Health Facilities

As early as the 1960s, states were beginning to shutter their publicly operated mental health hospitals, hoping the void would be filled with community mental health programs. Those programs never fully materialized.

Thus, the mentally ill who were released into their communities faced a total lack of treatment resources. Over the years, many of those individuals, lacking support, wound up in jail or prison, neither of which, for the most part, has been well equipped to deal with mental illness.
Jails and prisons, in fact, only exacerbate mental illness. The stress of incarceration alone is enough to trouble sane prisoners or detainees. Compound that with the characteristics of most secured settings – their hard surfaces, high noise levels, and lack of privacy, for starters – and the mentally ill are doubly afflicted.
The designers at Elevatus Architecture are extremely sensitive to these issues. In our long experience of designing mental health facilities for correctional settings, we’ve learned that a well-designed facility ought to offer …
  • multiple options for program/therapy activities,
  • abundant natural light,
  • the use of color and softer materials, and
  • a design that generally focuses on rehabilitation.


You’ll find examples of the mental health facilities we’ve designed in our Justice Portfolio. To learn more about partnering with us to build the mental health detention facility you envision, explore our website. Then contact Elevatus Architecture Fort Wayne.