(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.
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