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  1. Support areas intended for patient use, or for staff support functions necessary for direct patient care, shall be immediately accessible to the psychiatric patient care unit.
  2. Support areas intended for psychiatric patient use shall not be shared with other patient care units or departments in the hospital.
  3. Staff support areas necessary for the direct medical/clinical care of psychiatric patients shall be permitted to be shared with other psychiatric patient care units consistent with Section 2.4-2.14.1.4 (Shared facilities).
  4. Staff support areas that are not necessary for the direct medical/clinical care of psychiatric patients shall be permitted to be shared with other patient care units and departments in the hospital, provided the space is located outside the psychiatric patient care unit.

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