• Need-to-Know News: Feb. 17, 2012

    February 17, 2012

    Updates from Us

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    • Budget Central, a roundup of our advocacy on the 2012-2013 budget in New York, is now live! Keep checking back for updates and events.
    • Along with our partners in the NY ATI/Reentry Coalition, LAC led a trip to Albany for the coalition's annual advocacy day on Feb. 14. We were pleased to have productive meetings with legislators and staff on both sides of the aisle to discuss funding and legislation.
    • Our new HIV/AIDS Confidentiality Law Overview course is now featured on the AIDS Institute's Clinical Education Initiatives website.
    • State Policy Director Tracie Gardner was the featured speaker at the Reentry Roundtable on Feb. 15 in New York. She'll be presenting “Albany Up Close and Personal" at the March 21 roundtable.

    Headlines on Our Issues

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    • Nearly half of college drug treatment is alcohol-related, according to new data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
    • Another report from SAMHSA finds that more than one in 10 U.S. children live with a parent suffering from alcoholism.
    • Years after a series of suicides in state prison segregation units, Massachusetts officials have reached an agreement with advocate groups to better care for prisoners with severe mental illnesses.
    • In California, inmate advocates question the likelihood of continued improvements in prison healthcare if federal oversight ends.
    • A report by the Government Accountability Office finds that only 19 percent of federal inmates in the Residential Drug Abuse Treatment Program can finish treatment in time to earn a the maximum possible sentence reduction of a year.
    • In its project examining the implementation of the Affordable Care Act on 10 states -- Alabama, Colorado, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Virginia -- the Urban Institute has published its report from Rhode Island.

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