2011 New Mexico Statutes
Chapter 27: Public Assistance
Article 7: Adult Protective Services, 27-7-1 through 27-7-31
Section 27-7-23: Voluntary protective services; protective placement; penalty.

NM Stat § 27-7-23 (1996 through 1st Sess 50th Legis) What's This?

27-7-23. Voluntary protective services; protective placement; penalty.

A. Any adult who has been abused, neglected or exploited and is in need of protective services or protective placement as determined by the department and who consents to those services or placement shall receive them. If the adult withdraws or refuses consent, voluntary protective services or protective placement shall not be provided. No legal rights are relinquished as a result of acceptance of voluntary protective services or protective placement.

B. A person who interferes with the provision of protective services or protective placement to an adult who consents to receive those services or placement is guilty of a misdemeanor. In the event that interference occurs, the department may petition the court to enjoin that interference, may impose a civil penalty or, at the department's discretion, may request criminal prosecution.

C. The department may assess a civil penalty not to exceed ten thousand dollars ($10,000) per violation against a person that violates the provisions of Subsection B of this section. The department may assess and collect the penalty after notice and an opportunity for hearing, before a hearing officer designated by the department to hear the matter, upon a determination that a person willfully interfered with the department pursuant to this subsection. The hearing officer has the power to administer oaths on request of any party and issue subpoenas and subpoenas duces tecum. Additionally, if the violation is against a person covered by the Personnel Act [10-9-1 NMSA 1978], the department shall refer the matter to the agency employing the person for disciplinary action. Any party may appeal a final decision by the department to the court pursuant to the provisions of Section 39-3-1.1 NMSA 1978.

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