The Legal Action Center is the only non-profit law and policy organization in the United States whose sole mission is to fight discrimination against people with histories of addiction, HIV/AIDS, or criminal records, and to advocate for sound public policies in these areas.

Upcoming Events

Legal Rights and Risks of Adolescents in the Age of AIDS

Tuesday, Mar 24, 2015

This training will cover the legal rights and potential liabilities of adolescents living with, at risk for or affected by HIV. Audience: All health and human services providers who work with or advocate youth at risk or living with HIV and/or with basic understanding of issues facing such adolescents.

HIV as a Disabling Condition: Accessing SSI and SSD Benefits Today

Friday, Mar 27, 2015

This webinar will cover the eligibility rules for Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI), with a focus on the Social Security Administration’s five-step process used to evaluate disability.

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News and Highlights


New York Attorney General Finds ValueOptions Denied Claims for Addiction Services at Four Times the Rate of Other Services, Reaches Settlement Including $900,000 Fine

March 5, 2015 – New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced a settlement with Beacon Health Options (formerly known as ValueOptions) for wrongly denying addiction and mental health benefits to millions of New Yorkers in violation of state and federal parity laws. The settlement requires ValueOptions—which administers behavioral health benefits to 2.7 million New Yorkers and 45 million Americans—to overhaul its claims review process and pay a $900,000 penalty. The settlement against ValueOptions is the fourth reached by AG Schneiderman’s Health Care Bureau since last year, making AG Schneiderman’s office a national leader in enforcing the federal parity law.

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Improved Medication-Assisted Treatment Policy Could Aid Epidemic of 20 Million Americans with Untreated Addiction

CARA Bill Reintroduced by Whitehouse and Portman

WASHINGTON, DC – Following the reintroduction of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, Legal Action Center (LAC) released a report today urging policymakers to take steps to address the growing opioid and heroin epidemic through more effective use of medication-assisted treatment (MAT).


LAC Director of State Policy, Sebastian Solomon, Testifies at Budget Hearing

Albany, NY – February 25, 2015 – Sebastian Solomon, LAC’s new Director of New York State Policy, will be testifying tomorrow on behalf of the NYS Alternative to Incarceration (ATI) and Re-entry Coalition in response to the Governor’s FY2015-2016 Executive budget.

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