Even before COVID-19, the prevalence of mental illness was increasing. In response to this alarming trend, behavioral health facilities are being built or renovated to provide the care that’s needed.

One company leading the way is Acadia Healthcare, a large provider of behavioral healthcare services with 21,000 employees across 40 states. KEES is honored to help fulfill their mission of providing a safe and secure environment where patients can receive the care they need.


One of Acadia’s latest projects is a new, $21MM behavioral health hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio. This 65,000 square foot facility will provide 80 beds and a wide range of psychological and detoxification treatments.

For this project, Acadia needed secure access through the walls and ceilings. A total of 139 access panels were required to cover various opening sizes. Each one included a tamper-resistant cylinder lock for security and radiused corners on the door and flange for risk resistance.


We have decades of experience in designing security products, including panels made with heavy-gauge materials, tight tolerances, tamper-resistant locks and risk-resistant features. Not only did we meet their exact sizing and product requirements, we also met their scheduling needs. As the project progressed, the timing got tighter. In all, five orders were released as each of the new areas became available with turn around times quickening from four weeks to one week.

We know things can change quickly on the jobsite, which is why we built a nimble production environment that allows us to quickly respond to your needs. In fact, we pride ourselves on faster lead times than our competition.


KEES offers a variety of options for security access panels. Choose from the following:

KEES SSAP HSAP MSAP access panel

  • Steel
  • 304 and 316 stainless steel

Metal gauge options:

  • Standard security (12-gauge)
  • High security (10-gauge)
  • Maximum security (7-gauge)


  • From 8” x 8” to 36” x 48”
  • Custom sizes available upon request

Latching options (tamper resistant):

  • Center pin allen key
  • Cylinder lock
  • Deadbolt lock
  • Detention lock
  • Prep for locks by others

Radiused corners (risk resistant) available on any model:
KEES security access panel risk resistant radiused corners


When it comes to duct access doors and access panels, we focus on convenience, safety and quality. Available in a wide range of models, KEES access doors and access panels offer design flexibility that ensures safe and easy entry to the interior of ductwork, air handler casings, welded grease ducts, walls and ceilings. All products can be modified or completely custom built to meet unique access requirements.