LAC Congratulates Governor, Legislature on Creation of Justice Center
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Contact: Nicole Collins Bronzan
Director of Communications
|NEW YORK, June 22, 2012 -- The Legal Action Center congratulates Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the Legislature on the passage of legislation this week that creates the Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs. Protecting those who are least able to protect themselves must be a priority of government, and the Justice Center goes a long way toward ensuring that New York’s most vulnerable citizens in state-run and state-supported programs will be protected from abuse and neglect.
We also applaud Governor Cuomo, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos for their openness to input from advocates and the treatment and provider field as they worked to reach agreement on this important reform.
One suggestion LAC is heartened to see adopted allows those most knowledgeable about the needs of the addiction treatment population -- the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) and the treatment providers -- to determine the relevance of an applicant's criminal history in hiring or certification.
"This is a victory for everyone, and it shows us how the state can both protect vulnerable populations and preserve a fair shot at jobs for people with criminal histories working to become contributing members of society," said LAC Vice President Anita Marton. "We're grateful that the governor and Legislature heard the field on this important point."
The Legal Action Center is the only public interest law and policy organization in the United States whose sole
mission is to fight discrimination against and protect the privacy of people in recovery from alcohol or drug addiction,
individuals living with HIV/AIDS, and people with criminal records.
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