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Federal Court Denies Motion to Dismiss LAC’s FCRA Class Action Lawsuit

New York, NY—On January 27, 2015, a federal court in New York ruled in favor of LAC’s client, Kevin A. Jones, by declining to dismiss Mr. Jones’ class action lawsuit against Halstead Management Company, LLC and other related companies for illegal criminal background screening practices that cost Mr. Jones a job as a doorman.

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LAC Welcomes Governor Cuomo’s 2015 Budget Proposals

NEW YORK, NY—January 28, 2015 –The Legal Action Center (LAC) today applauded Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposals to raise the age of criminal responsibility, improve linkages between the criminal justice and health care systems, and increase investment in addiction prevention, treatment and recovery, as well as other other reforms included in his 2015 budget.

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LAC Congratulates Tracie Gardner on her Appointment as the State’s Assistant Secretary of Health

The Legal Action Center bids the fondest of farewells to our wonderful Co-Director of Policy Tracie M. Gardner, who was just appointed by Governor Andrew Cuomo to be Assistant Secretary of Health.

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Legal Action Center Urges New York State to Take New and Bold Steps to Combat the Prescription Drug and Heroin Epidemic

New York State should take additional forceful, targeted actions to address the public health emergency of prescription drug and heroin dependence. “Using $298 million that has been allocated to its Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) for 2015, the State now has an opportunity to create even more momentum in its efforts to combat the scourge of addiction and prescription drug and heroin misuse,” according to Paul Samuels.

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Conrad N. Hilton Foundation awards $1.35 million grant to Legal Action Center and its partners, Treatment Research Institute and Truven Health, to address adolescent substance use care

In an effort to improve adolescent wellness, prevention and early interventions, Legal Action Center (LAC) has partnered with the Treatment Research Institute (TRI) and Truven Health Analytics (Truven Health) to assess how the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (Parity Act) is impacting adolescent substance use care.

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LAC Announces New Opening for Health Policy Attorney

The Legal Action Center (LAC) seeks a Health Policy Attorney in its New York office to work on cutting edge legal and policy issues related to health care privacy and access to care, particularly addiction and mental health services.

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LAC’s Director of Policy, Tracie Gardner, Discusses End Of AIDS initiative on WABC’s ViewPoint

On Sunday, December 7, Tracie Gardner, LAC’s Co-Director of Policy, joined colleagues and fellow NYS End of AIDS Task Force members Benjamin Bashien, Executive Director of ACRIA, and Doug Wirth, CEO of Amidcare, on an episode of WABC’s Sunday morning news show ViewPoint to talk about the End Of AIDS initiative.

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Action Alert: Call-In Day 9/10/14! SUPPORT SECOND CHANCE REAUTHORIZATION!

The Second Chance Act provides critical reentry resources at a time when they are desperately needed. In 2009, federal and state prisons held over 1.6 million inmates—one in every 199 U.S. residents—and released 729,295 individuals back to their communities.

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LAC Director and President Paul Samuels Quoted in New York Times Discussing Impact of IMD Exclusion

July 11, 2014 – Today the New York Times published an article on how a decades old provision in Medicaid law is limiting the Affordable Care Act’s promise of expanded access to needed substance use disorder services. The provision, known as the institutions for mental disease (IMD) exclusion, prohibits Medicaid payment for service provided in residential treatment facilities that are larger than 16 beds.

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NY A.G. Schneiderman Fines EmblemHealth $1.2 M for Denying Addiction & Mental Health Benefits

July 9, 2014 – New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced a settlement with EmblemHealth for wrongly denying addiction and mental health treatment to thousands of New Yorkers in violation of state and federal parity laws.

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