- Reminder: Just over two weeks to go until our 2012 Arthur Liman Public Interest Awards Benefit, coming up on Oct. 23. Purchase tickets or make your gift today!
- Gabrielle de la Gueronniere, LAC's Director for National Policy, attended a Behavioral Health Leaders Briefing at the White House on September 24. The briefing brought together stakeholders in the substance use disorder and mental health communities to discuss issues related to health reform and parity. The event was organized by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and led by senior officials from the White House and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius addressed the group, emphasizing the importance of ensuring that people with mental health and/or substance use disorder service needs receive good access to quality care. Additional speakers, including SAMHSA Administrator Pam Hyde, and senior officials from the White House, HHS, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), provided updates to the group on how various agency initiatives are seeking to address the needs of people with mental health and substance use disorder service needs.
- The Mayor recently released the first year's report on the Young Men’s Initiative, "NYC Young Men's Initiative, Annual Report 2012". LAC (together with our partners at the Bronx Defenders, Youth Represent, the Community Service Society, NYC Probation, Correction and the Office of the Criminal Justice Coordinator) was mentioned for our role in working to help individuals clean up their rap sheet and promoting policy changes to reduce such errors in the future.
- Important reminder: As we try to do before each election, we will be sending weekly reminders about voter registration. With the election approaching, we want to remind all of our readers to register to vote. We also want to inform our readers that a criminal record is rarely a barrier to voting in New York State. Only individuals currently incarcerated for a felony conviction and those currently on parole who have not been issued a Certificate of Relief from Disabilities or a Certificate of Good Conduct may not vote. For a notice explaining who can and cannot vote, click here. To get a registration form or to find out how to register, click here.