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How to Create & Update Your Agency’s HIV Confidentiality Policies/Procedures and Ensure Staff Compliance

Wednesday, Jun 29, 2016

This webinar is a capacity building session for program managers of hospitals, health care facilities, community based organizations and other organizations that must comply with New York State’s HIV confidentiality law, Public Health Law Article 27-F.

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Blog Archives

Rx for Drug Courts: Allow Effective Addiction Medication

The opioid epidemic kills 78 Americans every day. To address this crisis, President Obama and public health authorities have called for increased use of medication-assisted treatment (MAT). Yet half the nation’s drug courts prohibit MAT, according to a 2014 survey.

When Coming Home Means Being Shut Out: Expanding Reentry to All Types of Offenses

Today marks the start of the first annual Reentry Week, a time to think constructively about how best to evolve our criminal justice system to meet the needs of communities and those returning to them with criminal records. We need to ensure that all people with conviction histories are eligible for and receive effective reentry services, not just those with offenses categorized as nonserious, nonsexual, and nonviolent.

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News and Highlights

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LAC Policy Director Gabrielle de la Guéronnière Receives NASADAD Award

The Legal Action Center is delighted to congratulate our Director of Policy, Gabrielle de la Guéronnière, on receiving the Service Award for Outstanding Service and Commitment to the Field of Substance Abuse Treatment from the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors (NASADAD) at their 2016 Annual Conference this June in Salt Lake City, UT.


Legal Action Center Hails Agreement On New York State Legislation That Will Expand Addiction Treatment

An agreement on new legislation that will expand access to addiction treatments in New York State was praised by the Legal Action Center (LAC) today. The agreement between Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York State legislative leaders incorporated key recommendations of the Governor’s Heroin and Opioid Task Force, which were enthusiastically supported by LAC.



Help individuals with criminal justice involvement become productive members of society. Contact your state legislators immediately and urge them to pass s8113/a10710.


LAC testifies at NYS Assembly hearing in support of a smart supportive housing strategy that meets the needs of individuals with prior criminal justice involvement

On June 13, 2016, the New York State Assembly Standing Committee on Correction, chaired by Assembly Member Daniel J O’Donnell, and the Assembly Subcommittee on Transitional Services,

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