Published in Behavioral Healthcare Magazine’s Design for Health and Human Services Showcase

Designed by Moon Mayoras, The Betty Ford Center’s Residential Day Treatment Center (RDT) was selected as the sole addiction treatment center to be featured in the Behavioral Healthcare’s fifth annual Design for Health and Human Services Showcase. A panel of five highly regarded industry experts comprised the jury, who selected the projects from design firm and provider organization innovative building project submissions. In 2013, Behavioral Healthcare raised the bar with new and more stringent design requirements. The projects were evaluated according to concept or complete status, project budget, the amount of private versus semi-private patient rooms, corridors versus “day-spaces”, and the facility’s emphasis on patient, staff, and guest safety. Scheduled for phase one completion in 2016, the publication text for the RDT projects reads as follows:

The Betty Ford Center (BFC) is located approximately 90 miles east of Los Angeles in the desert community of Rancho Mirage, California. A world class facility, the BFC offers a complete program for comprehensive chemical dependency treatment services. Those services include the Residential Day Treatment (RDT) program, which offers transitional follow-up outpatient care for those who have recently completed the intensive BFC inpatient program and still wish to participate in an additional 30-90 day stay at nearby BFC-owned off-campus housing prior to returning to their routine environments.

The RDT program provides available outpatient counseling and educational services for those patients living in the aforementioned housing. The new RDT complex, consisting of six separate buildings each encompassing distinct components of the program, is self-contained at the east end of the BFC campus. Outpatients are transported directly to and from their provided housing.

The project is designed with an internalized “village” concept, where each individual building acts as an integrated component of the BFC neighborhood. The buildings with frontage along the primary access, Vista del Sol, are all single story in height to preserve the residential scale and visual relationship with the adjacent neighborhood. A contextual response to adjacently established strategic vocabulary, the exterior design interconnects each RDT building through the use of covered pedestrian walkways, trellises and landscaped courtyards. By integrating each building in this manor, much needed shade is provided, which is invaluable in this region’s extreme summer temperatures. Its design blends the complex into the surrounding Rancho Mirage residential community, while maintaining the vernacular desert-style look prevalent throughout the surrounding desert communities.

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