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Upcoming Events

How to Create and Update Your Agency’s HIV Confidentiality Policies & Procedures

Monday, Jul 20, 2015

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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News and Highlights


New York City Bans the Box: Mayor de Blasio Signs Fair Chance Act

On Monday, June 29, 2015, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio signed into law the Fair Chance Act, New York City’s version of “ban-the-box” legislation. The law gives people with criminal records a fairer shot at employment by prohibiting employers from asking about criminal convictions until after a conditional offer of employment has been made. Dozens of advocates, activists and community members were at City Hall to witness this historic moment.


Press Release: Legal Action Center Announces Release of State Profiles of Health Care Information for the Criminal Justice System

The Legal Action Center today announced the release of the new web tool State Profiles of Health Care Information for the Criminal Justice System, which includes state-by-state profiles with information about the health system and health coverage options that are available in each state and the District of Columbia.


How to Respond if a Court is Kicking You Off Medication-Assisted Treatment for Addiction

In the Addiction Blog post Kicked Off Medication-Assisted Treatment by a Court: Here’s How to Fight for Your Legal Rights, LAC’s Legal Director Sally Friedman explains how to respond if a court kicks you or someone you care about off medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for heroin or opioid addiction.

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