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55 Pa. Code § 5200.45. Physical facility.

§ 5200.45. Physical facility.


 (a)  Adequate space, equipment and supplies shall be provided in order that the outpatient services can be provided effectively and efficiently. Functional surroundings shall be readily accessible to the individual and community served.

 (b)  All space and equipment shall be well maintained and must meet applicable Federal, State and local requirements for safety, fire, accessibility and health.

 (c)  A waiting room which is clean, comfortable and sensitive to the culture of the population served shall be provided.

 (d)  There shall be office space for the clinical staff suitably equipped with chairs, desks, tables and other necessary equipment.

 (e)  There shall be an adequate number of suitably equipped conference rooms to provide for staff conferences and therapy.

 (f)  There shall be adequate provisions for privacy within the psychiatric outpatient clinic.

 (g)  A psychiatric outpatient clinic is defined by its staff and organizational structure rather than by a specific building or facility. It may operate at more than one site if the respective sites meet all physical facility standards and the sites operate as a portion of the psychiatric outpatient clinic. The staffing pattern at each site shall be based on the ratio of total individuals served at that site to the total individuals served in the psychiatric outpatient clinic as a whole. The Department will issue a single certificate of compliance to the parent organization which will list all operational sites.


   The provisions of this §  5200.45 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 §  5200.45 amended October 11, 2019, effective October 12, 2019, 49 Pa.B. 5943. Immediately preceding text appears at serial page (247797).

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