(a) A person committed to a state hospital or other public or private mental health facility
pursuant to the provisions of Section 1370, 1370.01, 1370.02, or 1370.1, who escapes from or who escapes while being conveyed to or from a state hospital
or facility, is punishable by imprisonment in a county jail not to exceed one year or in the state prison for a determinate term
of one year and one day. The term of imprisonment imposed pursuant to this section shall be served consecutively
to any other sentence or commitment.
(b) The medical director or person in charge of a state hospital or other public or
private mental health facility to which a person has been committed pursuant to the
provisions of Section 1370, 1370.01, 1370.02, or 1370.1 shall promptly notify the chief of police of the city in which the hospital or facility
is located, or the sheriff of the county if the hospital or facility is located in
an unincorporated area, of the escape of the person, and shall request the assistance
of the chief of police or sheriff in apprehending the person, and shall within 48
hours of the escape of the person orally notify the court that made the commitment,
the prosecutor in the case, and the Department of Justice of the escape.
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