• Need-to-Know News: May 11, 2012

    May 11, 2012

    Headlines on Our Issues

    State

    • The New York Times editorial board expressed support for an Assembly bill that would bar city police officers from confiscating condoms from women suspected of prostitution and using them as evidence, citing condoms' crucial role in the fight against HIV.
    National

    • An advisory panel to the Food and Drug Administration has recommended giving an antiviral drug as a preventive medicine to lower the risk of spreading HIV through sexual activity. Some advocates oppose this idea, however, saying it would promote unprotected sex.
    • The federal Labor Department issued a series of FAQs this week on the implementation of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008.
    • Twenty-five states are considering drug tests for people who apply for cash assistance, according to an examination of the trend by Colorlines.com.
    • In Massachusetts, a new online system is set to allow all employers, landlords, and background screening companies to run criminal background checks, but limit the searches to records going back 10 years.
    • California officials have filed court paperwork asserting that they are ready to retake control of the prison medical system, even though a federal receiver says his oversight is needed until 2014.
    • With nearly half of all people incarcerated in state prisons suffering from addiction, investment in prison-based drug treatment programs could save the nation's criminal justice system billions of dollars, according to a study by researchers from RTI International and Temple University.

    From Our Partners

    • On May 16, the Manhattan borough president is hosting "Moving Beyond Stop and Frisk: A Dialogue on Alternatives that Work." Follow this link for details and RSVP information.
    • The 2012 WE SPEAK Summer Advocacy Institute Recruitment Open House is coming up May 18 in Manhattan. Follow this link for details.
    • The Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is celebrating National Prevention Week May 20-26. Use this link to find events near you.