Mental illness, addiction law under fire in Evergreen Park

Evergreen Park’s move to shut nursing homes to mentally ill and drug-addicted patients may violate federal law.

The ordinance, passed July 18, bars any nursing home in the community from taking new patients with mental illness, drug addiction or aggressive or antisocial behavior.

“I don’t see how that could at all be lawful,” said Michael Seng, executive director of the Fair Housing Clinic of John Marshall Law School.