In Illinois, a recent court settlement allows certain mentally ill patients who pass a screening to live in supportive community based housing. Many of these residents are currently resigned to living solely in nursing home facilities. After the settlement, some for-profit nursing homes were distributing “information sheets.” Language in the “information sheets” included implications that those who choose to leave the nursing facilities for a community setting would be left without housing, food, or medical care. A Federal judge, in a stinging rebuke of the nursing homes, found the flyers to be inaccurate and incendiary, appealing to residents’ and family members’ fears. The judge shut down the nursing homes using these “scare tactics.”
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