request for open records

When seeking records of this agency, please follow KSBHA's Open Records Policy, which can be found beginning on page 114 in the Policy Statements (Guidance Documents). Records will be released in accordance with the Kansas Open Records Act (K.S.A. 45-215, et seq.)

REQUESTING INFORMATION:
In summary, a request to inspect or copy records must be made in accordance with the following guidelines:

Please direct all requests to:

Kansas State Board of Healing Arts
Attn: Sheryl Snyder, Legal Assistant
800 SW Jackson
Lower Level - Suite A
Topeka, KS 66612
Phone: (785) 296-4502
Fax: (785) 368-7102
E-mail:KSBHA_Openrecords@ks.gov

Use of names derived from a public record, whether from a printed roster, other printed record, or electronic record in any form, is limited by K.S.A. 45-230. If access to a record mainted by the Board reveals an individual's identity, then the person requesting access may be required to submit an Open Records Request and Certification form (Appendix III of Policy).

Generally, the Board has until the third business day following receipt of the open records request to respond. Although, due to extensive amounts of information requested by particular individuals, more time to respond may be sought by the Board staff member in order to appropriately and sufficiently respond. In this event, a written response will be supplied to the requestor to inform of the need for additional to respond to the open records request.

FEES:
In summary, inspection and copying charges are established to compensate the Board for the cost of staff time, copying expenses and postage. The custodian has discretion to waive payment of costs. No fee will be charged for inspecting or copying a public record when the total calculated cost is less than $10.00 unless required by the custodian. Advance payment in part or in full may be demanded when the estimated cost exceeds $100.00. Please see the Open Records Policy for the calculation of costs.

To pay by credit or debit card, please print and fill out a Credit / Debit Card Authorization Payment Form and send it as an e-mail attachment or by fax to the following: E-mail:KSBHA_Openrecords@ks.gov or Fax: (785) 368-7102.

RESTRICTIONS ON ACCESS:
At times, the records custodian may refuse to provide access to a record. Among other reasons, access may be refused if a provision of law prohibits or restricts disclosure of a record. The records custodian may refuse to provide access to a record for any discretionary reason listed in K.S.A. 45-221(a) and amendments thereto. A list of frequently requested records that will not be released because they are confidential under state or federal law can be found in Appendix II of the Policy.

The agency record of any administrative hearing is a public record, and is generally available to the public. As a courtesy to the public, the Board provides access to pertinent case documents on its website, under the "Board Actions" tab on the "Quick Links" panel found on the left side of the webpage. Further, links to these documents can be found on the Licensee's profile, which can be accessed under the "Look up a Licensee" tab on the "Quick Links" panel found on the left side of the webpage. The agency record consists of pleadings, transcripts, exhibits and other documents considered by the Board and used as a basis for its agency action. Documents in the agency record containing information that is confidential under state or federal law, privileged or subject to a valid protective order issued by the presiding officer will not be available for inspection of copying, except that such documents will be disclosed if the confidential or privileged information can be deleted/redacted, or if a vaild and appropriate consent for release of information is given.

The application for initial licensure, whether it by examiniation, endorsement, or reinstatement, or registration and all associated documents and the renewal application and all associated documents are considered public records by the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts. Any portion of the application or renewal application (such as social security number, academic performance records, and confidential disciplinary history) will be deleted/redacted from copies of the original record if it discloses information that is confiential or privileged pursuant to federal or state law, or if it discloses the presence or absence of disabilities.

Release of state employee personnel records is governed by Kansas statute and by rules adopted by the Kansas Secretary of Administration.