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Sign on to the Coalition for Whole Health’s Comments to the President’s Mental Health and Addiction Parity Task Force

The Coalition for Whole Health, a national coalition of organizations working to improve coverage for and access to MH and SUD care, drafted comments to the Parity Task Force that recommend additional guidance on and enforcement of the federal MH/SUD parity law by States and the federal government.

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Governor Cuomo Issues Zero Tolerance Policy for Insurers that Fail to Provide Equal Substance Use Coverage

LAC praises the recent announcement by New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo that his administration has issued guidance to insurers regarding their legal obligations to provide mental health and substance use disorders coverage at parity with medical or surgical care.

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United Hospital Fund Awards LAC $60,000 to Create Report on Model Health Policies in the Criminal Justice System

The United Hospital Fund has awarded a $60,000 grant to the Legal Action Center to publish a guide to policies and practices that best engage and retain individuals involved in the criminal justice system in effective health care.

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New Parity Guide Explains Right to Health Insurance Coverage for Addiction & Mental Health Care

The Legal Action Center today released Health Insurance for Addiction and Mental Health Care: A Guide to the Federal Parity Law. The Guide explains patients’ and providers’ rights to insurance coverage for substance use and mental disorders.

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Ellen Weber to Rejoin LAC on July 5th as Vice President for Health Initiatives

LAC is delighted to announce that Ellen Weber will be rejoining the Center on July 5th as our Vice President for Health Initiatives. Ellen, who worked at the Legal Action Center in both New York and Washington, D.C. from 1985 to 2002, including establishing our D.C. office in 1988, will return to lead the Center’s health care initiatives.

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LAC Policy Director Gabrielle de la Guéronnière Receives NASADAD Award

The Legal Action Center is delighted to congratulate our Director of Policy, Gabrielle de la Guéronnière, on receiving the Service Award for Outstanding Service and Commitment to the Field of Substance Abuse Treatment from the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors (NASADAD) at their 2016 Annual Conference this June in Salt Lake City, UT.

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Legal Action Center Hails Agreement On New York State Legislation That Will Expand Addiction Treatment

An agreement on new legislation that will expand access to addiction treatments in New York State was praised by the Legal Action Center (LAC) today. The agreement between Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York State legislative leaders incorporated key recommendations of the Governor’s Heroin and Opioid Task Force, which were enthusiastically supported by LAC.

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ACT NOW! CONTACT YOUR STATE LEGISLATORS IMMEDIATELY AND URGE THEM TO PASS CONVICTION SEALING LEGISLATION (S8113/A10710)

Help individuals with criminal justice involvement become productive members of society. Contact your state legislators immediately and urge them to pass s8113/a10710.

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Rx for Drug Courts: Allow Effective Addiction Medication

The opioid epidemic kills 78 Americans every day. To address this crisis, President Obama and public health authorities have called for increased use of medication-assisted treatment (MAT). Yet half the nation’s drug courts prohibit MAT, according to a 2014 survey.

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LAC testifies at NYS Assembly hearing in support of a smart supportive housing strategy that meets the needs of individuals with prior criminal justice involvement

On June 13, 2016, the New York State Assembly Standing Committee on Correction, chaired by Assembly Member Daniel J O’Donnell, and the Assembly Subcommittee on Transitional Services, …

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