UPDATE: Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D., Ill.) is being treated for a “mood disorder” at a residential treatment facility, according to a statement released by the congressman’s doctors Wednesday evening.
Jackson’s office also denied Wednesday that he is being treated for alcoholism.
The full statement:
The following statement came from Congressman Jackson’s doctor’s office today.
“Information regarding the Congressman’s treatment is protected by federal law under the privacy provisions of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPPA”). The name of the attending physician and treatment center will not be disclosed in order to protect his continuing privacy. His physician makes the following statement:
“The Congressman is receiving intensive medical treatment at a residential treatment facility for a mood disorder. He is responding positively to treatment.”
End of statement.
In addition, the rumors about him being treated for alcohol or substance abuse are not true.
Earlier Wednesday, Andrea Mitchell reported Jackson was being treated for alcoholism and addiction in an Arizona rehabilitation facility.
Jackson has been on a leave of absence since June 10. His office termed the absence medical and said he was being treated for “physical and emotional ailments,” in a statement last week.
Some Democrats, including Sen. Dick Durbin (Ill.) and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (Md.), have called on Jackson to disclose the details behind the leave.
The House Ethics Committee is currently investigating Jackson’s role in the scandal involving former Gov. Rod Blagojevich to fill the Senate seat held by President Obama before his election.
Raghuveer Nayak, a former fundraiser for Jackson and Blagojevich, was arrested in June and charged in federal court on 19-counts, including bribery and fraud.
The Chicago Tribune reported in 2008 that Nayak agreed to raise as much as $1.5 million for Blagojevich to help Jackson secure the seat vacated by Obama.