As his father’s Rainbow PUSH Coalition’s annual event kicks off in Chicago, IL, Jesse Jackson, Jr.’s office released a statement denying that he is being treated for alcohol or substance abuse.

The following email was sent from his office late Wednesday evening:

“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 (“HIPAA”). 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 and is expected to make a full recovery.”

In addition, the rumors about him being treated for alcohol or substance abuse is not true.

Rick Bryant | Chief of Staff
Office of Congressman Jesse L. Jackson, Jr. (IL-02)

As he uses HIPAA to continue to keep his constituents in the dark, a different question–why didn’t anyone even notice for weeks that he was gone–probably won’t aid to his mood disorder. If Jackson were to fail to be able to carry out his duties as congressman, that Chicago Democratic machine would once again be in the position of appointing a representative of the people, a familiar situation to the people of Illinois.