The Florida Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of a 3-year-old statute that makes it a crime to neglect a disabled adult, a ruling hailed by advocates for the elderly and disabled.

The high court last week ruled that the 1997 law, which penalizes the failure to provide a disabled adult with the “care, supervision, and services” necessary to sustain health, passes constitutional muster. The unanimous decision affirms the 1998 conviction of Theresa Sieniarecki, a Broward woman whose neglect led to her mother’s death.