- The New York State Department of Health created a webpage with information about the 2% across-the-board cuts to Medicaid payments included in the 2011-12 budget, including a list of services that were exempted from the reduction.
- The New York State Assembly recently announced two upcoming hearings on criminal justice issues. The first hearing, on November 17 in New York City, will examine the impact of merging the Division of Probation and Correctional Alternative into the Division of Criminal Justice Services. The second hearing, on December 6 in Albany, will look at treatment of mental health problems in Prison.
- The results of a survey of teen drug and alcohol use were published this week in Archives of General Psychiatry. The study found that, overall 37% of teens had used substances over the previous year. Native Americans had the highest rate of substance use over the past year at 48%, followed by whites, mixed-race teens, and Hispanics, while black and Asian teens had the lowest rates.
- On Tuesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled that the inclusion of the individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act was constituational.
- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave a speech on November 8 laying out her vision for turning the tide on the HIV/AIDS epidemic and working to bring about the goal of an "AIDS free generation".
- Erika Wood, the Deputy Director of the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice, associate professor of law at NYU, and former staff attorney at LAC, wrote the first article of a new series for the New York Times website, "Who Votes?". The article examines the racial history of felon disenfranchisement laws in the US and their impact.