(a) Whenever any person is involuntarily admitted to or detained at a treatment facility
pursuant to subsection (b) or (c) of K.S.A. 59-2954 and amendments thereto, or pursuant to an ex parte emergency custody order issued
pursuant to K.S.A. 59-2958 and amendments thereto, the head of the treatment facility shall:
(1) Immediately advise the person in custody that such person is entitled to immediately
contact the person's legal counsel, legal guardian, personal physician or psychologist,
minister of religion, including a Christian Science practitioner or immediate family
as defined in subsection (b) or any combination thereof. If the person desires to make such contact, the head of the treatment facility shall
make available to the person reasonable means for making such immediate communication;
(2) provide notice of the person's involuntary admission including a copy of the document
authorizing the involuntary admission to that person's attorney or legal guardian,
immediately upon learning of the existence and whereabouts of such attorney or legal
guardian, unless that attorney or legal guardian was the person who signed the application
resulting in the patient's admission. If authorized by the patient pursuant to K.S.A. 65-5601 through 65-5605 and amendments thereto, the head of the treatment facility also shall provide notice
to the patient's immediate family, as defined in subsection (b), immediately upon
learning of the existence and whereabouts of such family, unless the family member
to be notified was the person who signed the application resulting in the patient's
(3) immediately advise the person in custody of such person's rights provided for
in K.S.A. 59-2978 and amendments thereto.
(b) “Immediate family” means the spouse, adult child or children, parent or parents,
and sibling or siblings, or any combination thereof.
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