• Need-to-Know News: Sept. 16, 2011

    September 16, 2011

    Updates from Us

    • LAC's state policy director, Tracie Gardner, will be honored at the Young Women of Color HIV/AIDS Coalition's WE SPEAK Awards on Oct. 5 in New York. Ms. Gardner, the founder of LAC's Women's Initiative to Stop HIV in New York (WISH-NY), has worked with the group's members for years, providing advocacy training as they fight HIV in their communities. Follow this link for more information about the event.
    • REMINDER: The National H.I.R.E. Network will be holding its 6th Annual NYS Reentry Policy Conference on Sept. 26 in New York City. Follow this link to register for the conference, titled, "Meeting Employer and Job Seeker Needs: Criminal Record Policies that Work," which is free and open to the public.

    Headlines on Our Issues

    State

    • As officials explore a proposal to combine the state's addiction and mental health agencies, some advocates are expressing concern about how the merger will affect addiction services in New York.
    • With legislation to establish a health insurance exchange in New York -- as required by the federal Affordable Care Act -- still unpassed at the end of the most recent session, Senators Greg Ball and Liz Krueger debated the issue on public radio.
    National

    From Our Partners

    • On Oct. 3, Education from the Inside Out will present "Pell Grants for Public Safety: An Educational Session," in Washington, DC. The event will offer an in-depth analysis of the advantages of higher education for currently and formerly incarcerated individuals from an economic and social perspective. Please RSVP by writing to lboyd@collegeandcommunity.org or calling (646) 380-7780.
    • The Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Providers of New York State (ASAP) is holding its annual conference Oct. 30-Nov. 2 in Brooklyn. The theme this year is "Behavioral Healthcare in Transition: Positioning Ourselves for Success." Early bird rates end Oct. 1, so register soon to save money.