State Affairs and Government

Elderly Affairs Department

SECTION 42-66-8

§ 42-66-8. Abuse, neglect, exploitation and self-neglect of elderly persons – Duty to report.

Any person who has reasonable cause to believe that any person sixty (60) years of age or older has been abused, neglected, or exploited, or is self-neglecting, shall make an immediate report to the director of the department of elderly affairs, or his or her designee, or appropriate law enforcement personnel. In cases of abuse, neglect, or exploitation, any person who fails to make the report shall be punished by a fine of not more than one thousand dollars ($1,000). Nothing in this section shall require an elder who is a victim of abuse, neglect, exploitation or who is self-neglecting, to make a report regarding such abuse, neglect, exploitation, or self-neglect to the director or his or her designee or appropriate law enforcement personnel.

History of Section.
(P.L. 1981, ch. 69, § 2; P.L. 1988, ch. 304, § 1; P.L. 1991, ch. 253, § 1; P.L. 2007, ch. 84, § 1; P.L. 2007, ch. 209, § 1; P.L. 2014, ch. 277, § 2; P.L. 2014, ch. 333, § 2.)