Yes, he has the right to visitors. I would contact an Elder Law attorney in your area who deals with nursing home litigation. I suspect there is something more to this than you are posting; however, retaliation for filing a report with the Department is serious. It is likely bringing in your attorney will calm the waters and get this to go away.
It would also help if you worked with the facility rather than talking about calling in the state. The old saying you get more bees with honey is true. I find even in some of the lessor quality SNFs in our area when people kill the staff with kindness their loved one gets better care. It isn't the rule or the law; however, we don't live in a courtroom and sometimes you have to suck it up for the greater good.
That said if it is serious and they do not seem to be taking your request serious you should report them. Right now I would recommend getting an attorney to help patch up the trouble with the facility and get back to your friend. He is lucky to have a friend who cares as much as you clearly do.
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Other than calling 1800ELDERABUSE for complaints because of your beliefs of how your friend is being treated; I strongly suggest that you immediately go see a local Elder Law attorney in your area. The resolution is hard to determine by the possible lack of information you have in your posting.
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