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A medical provider or COMCARE may
file a petition in the District Court alleging a
patient is in need of care and treatment due to a
mental illness. The involuntary commitment process
is a civil action and is not a criminal action.
If you believe someone you know is
suffering from a mental illness and is a danger to
themselves or others, the first step is to get that
person evaluated by a mental health professional.
There are four options available to accomplish this,
depending on the circumstances of each case.
Take the person to COMCARE
Crisis at 934 N. Water for a mental health
Take the person to Via Christi
Hospital on E. Harry (St. Joseph) Emergency Room
for a mental health evaluation.
Call COMCARE Crisis and
request a mobile unit visit to the person for a
mental health evaluation.
Call 911 and ask for a CIT
(Crisis Intervention Team) officer to do a
welfare check. If the officer believes that the
person is a danger to self or others, the
officer will then transport the person to Via
Christi on E. Harry ER.
When making contact with any of
these providers, give as much information as you
know including, but not limited to: name, location,
diagnosis, age, weapons, and behavior that concerns
Once the person has been evaluated
and found to meet the criteria for involuntary
commitment, the person will then be screened for
placement. The available facilities include Via
Christi Behavioral Health Center, Via Christi Senior
Behavioral Health Unit, and Osawatomie State
Hospital (located in Osawatomie, KS). If the person
is unwilling or unable to consent to hospitalization
and treatment, COMCARE will electronically file a
petition for involuntary commitment with the
A petition for Involuntary
Commitment will not be filed unless all statutory
requirements have been met. A mentally ill person
subject to involuntary commitment meets the
following criteria as set out in K.S.A. 59-2946(f):
The patient is suffering
from a mental disorder to the extent that they are
in need of treatment;
The patient lacks the capacity
to make an informed decision concerning treatment,
despite conscientious efforts at explanation or
efforts to elicit a response from the patient
showing an ability to engage in a rational
The patient is likely to cause
harm to self or others;
The patient is not solely
diagnosed with one of the following mental
disorders: anti-social personality disorder; mental
retardation; organic personality syndrome; or an
organic mental disorder.
NOTE: All four of the
above described conditions must be applicable to the
patient in order for the patient to meet the legal
definition of a person subject to involuntary commitment
because of mental illness.
To talk with the Court Clerk of the
Probate Care and Treatment Office, dial 316-660-5769
If you have questions about care and
treatment procedures, call the District Attorney's
Office at 660-3700 and ask for the Care and Treatment
attorney or email Office of the District
Attorney Probate/Care and Treatment Division -Probate/CareAndTreatment@sedgwick.gov
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