§ 5200.12. Linkages with mental health service system.
(a) A psychiatric outpatient clinic requires a close relationship with an acute psychiatric inpatient service and a provider of emergency examination and treatment. A written statement describing the accessibility and availability of the services to individuals is required and shall be maintained on file at the psychiatric outpatient clinic and updated as needed.
(b) A psychiatric outpatient clinic shall maintain linkages with other treatment and rehabilitative services for a full continuum of care, including crisis services, partial hospitalization programs, peer support, psychiatric rehabilitation programs, intensive community services, community residential programs and community psychiatric hospitals. A written statement describing the accessibility and availability of the services to individuals is required and shall be maintained on file at the psychiatric outpatient clinics and updated as needed to accurately state the services currently available.
(c) When the psychiatric outpatient clinic serves children, linkages with the appropriate educational and social service agencies shall also be maintained. A written statement describing the accessibility and availability of the services to children is required and shall be maintained on file at the psychiatric outpatient clinic and updated as needed to accurately state the services currently available.
(d) A psychiatric outpatient clinic shall participate in the overall system of care as defined in the County Mental Health/Intellectual Disability (MH/ID) plan. A psychiatric outpatient clinic shall have an agreement regarding continuity of care and information exchange with the County MH/ID authority. A copy of an agreement must be included in the application package. Psychiatric outpatient clinics shall document the need for their services in their application for a certificate of compliance.
(e) New psychiatric outpatient clinics or new sites of existing psychiatric outpatient clinics established after the effective date of this chapter shall document the need in the proposed service area for the expansion of outpatient services. County MH/ID authorities shall review this documentation and make a recommendation to the Department. The Department may deny approval of the expansion where inadequate justification is provided.
The provisions of this § 5200.12 amended under section 1021 of the Human Services Code (62 P.S. § 1021); sections 105 and 112 of the Mental Health Procedures Act (50 P.S. § § 7105 and 7112); and section 201(2) of the Mental Health and Intellectual Disability Act of 1966 (50 P.S. § 4201(2)).
The provisions of this § 5200.12 amended October 11, 2019, effective October 12, 2019, 49 Pa.B. 5943. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (247792) to (247793).
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