§ 42-66-9. Obstruction of provision of services.
(a) No person shall obstruct the provision of available and existing services to a person sixty (60) years of age or older who has been abused, neglected, exploited or who is self-neglecting. For the purposes of this section, "obstruction" shall mean threats, intimidation, assaults and/or abuse, whether physical or emotional, made with the intent to prevent or dissuade the recipient or proposed recipient from accepting, requesting, and/or receiving services available under § 42-66-8. Any person who violates the provisions of this section shall be punished by a fine of not more than five hundred dollars ($500).
(b) However, nothing in this chapter is construed to mean a person is abused, neglected, exploited or is self-neglecting for the sole reason that person is being furnished or relies upon treatment by spiritual means through prayer alone in accordance with the tenets and practices of a church or religious denomination recognized by the laws of this state.
(c) No person shall deny access to a person sixty (60) years of age or older who is alleged to be a victim of abuse, neglect, exploitation or who is self-neglecting, while the staff person is investigating a report made under this chapter.
(P.L. 1981, ch. 69, § 2; P.L. 1991, ch. 253, § 1; P.L. 2007, ch. 84, § 1; P.L. 2007, ch. 209, § 1.)