Vision Control® for Behavioral Health Listed in New York State Office of Mental Health Patient Safety Standards Guidelines


Vision Check – Adolescent Psychiatric Unit at Cambridge Health Alliance

Unicel Architectural’s flagship Vision Control® behavioral health product for interior and exterior windows is the ideal choice for patient and staff safety

Vision Control® is the only hermetically sealed IGU with wireless louvers, equipped with attack resistant glazing and ligature resistant operators for behavioral health applications”

—Raffi Baltayan

LONGUEUIL, QUEBEC, CANADA, Feb. 23, 2022 / — Unicel Architectural Corp., manufacturer of Vision Control®timber and aluminum curtain walls and skylight solutions, is pleased to announce that Vision Control® for behavioral health for interior and exterior windows has been listed in the most recent edition of the New York State Office of Mental Health (NYSOMH) Patient Safety Standards Guidelines.

Visual control® for Behavioral Health is an AAMA 501.8 certified window system tested to meet human impacts up to 2,000 ft-lbs. Visual control® is the only hermetically sealed IGU with wireless louvers, equipped with attack resistant glazing and ligation resistant operators for behavioral health applications.

“Mental and behavioral health are growing issues in our society, but the design and construction of a mental and behavioral health facility requires special safety considerations,” said Samuel Doyon-Bissonnette, Managing Director at Unicel Architectural. “That’s why we developed Vision Monitoring for Behavioral Health with patient and staff safety in mind. Vision control for behavioral health reduces undue patient stress with superior noise and privacy control, while providing better sightlines for staff to conduct discreet patient monitoring.

The NYSOMH Patient Safety Standards Guidelines provide licensed hospitals and state psychiatric inpatient units with a selection of materials, accessories, and equipment reviewed by the Office of Mental Health. The purpose of the Guidelines is to reduce the risk of harm to hospitalized individuals.

Visual control® is a patented insulating glass unit with integrated cordless louvers that provides maximum, maintenance-free control of privacy, heat, light and sound. It has proven particularly effective in healthcare settings, with several major hospitals – including Mount Sinai Medical Center, Boston Children’s Hospital and Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi – already using Vision Control® to improve patient care and experiences.

AAMA 501.8 is the industry standard test for determining the human impact resistance of window systems intended for use in psychiatric applications. This involves applying a force to the window via a weighted device, to simulate the impact of a patient running over it at full speed.

About Unicel Architectural
For 58 years, Unicel Architectural has built a reputation for the most advanced glass, wood and aluminum solutions. These solutions include louvered glazing, skylights, wood or aluminum curtain walls and more, to enhance major global building initiatives with the highest quality and reliability. Unicel Architectural’s exclusive technology transforms glass, wood or aluminum into unique and highly technical structures, while Vision Control® offers unprecedented comfort and control of vision, light, temperature and sound through a patented combination of integrated louvers between hermetically sealed and wireless glass. Unicel Architectural’s solutions are guaranteed for longevity, optimized for energy efficiency and customizable to any design, environmental or cultural requirements. Unicel Architectural combines market-leading craftsmanship with excellent design to help architects impact lives by defining the space within. For more information, visit

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