The Legal Action Center is the only non-profit law and policy organization in the United States whose sole mission is to fight discrimination against people with histories of addiction, HIV/AIDS, or criminal records, and to advocate for sound public policies in these areas.

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Tuesday, Mar 27, 2018


Helping Justice-Involved Individuals with Substance Use & Mental Health Disorders: Understanding How Laws, Regulations, & Policies Affect their Opportunities – California, Illinois, Georgia, Colorado, Rhode Island & Kansas.

42 CFR PART 2: What changed under the Final Rules in 2017 and 2018?

Wednesday, Mar 28, 2018

SAMHSA released changes to 42 CFR Part 2, the federal regulations governing the confidentiality of substance use disorder patient records. This webinar is designed to educate participants about the 2017 and 2018 Final Rules, and to help substance use disorder treatment programs comply with the new requirements.

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LAC strongly supports linking people struggling w/ #addiction in #criminaljustice system to care, but this action must include people w/ ALL forms of #substanceusedisorder, not just #opioid use disorder as proposed by @POTUS's Initiative #AddictionRecovery

Addressing #addiction treatment gap requires both short & long term investments & policies that align w/ goal of expanded access to effective community-based prevention, treatment & recovery supports for addiction. #opioidscrisis

Lots of great coverage re Herman Bell by @nytimes and in @NYDailyNews by @BernardHarcourt and Bruce Western Over 80 organizations have signed statement in support of Board’s decision

“I’m talking about the long and tragic history in the United States of stigmatizing and demonizing people who use and sell drugs to the point they we render them sub-human, worthless, worthy of death.”

Again, for the people in the back applauding a proposed 1/3 cut to prescription opioids as some kind of real solution to opioid-related OD deaths.
Not only has this misguided focus been harming people living w/ pain who benefit from has been harming those w/ an OUD.

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News and Highlights

LAC response to President’s Opioid Initiative

March 20th, 2018: Yesterday in New Hampshire, President Trump outlined his administration’s three-pronged plan for addressing the opioid epidemic. While the strategy includes certain components critical to expanding access to evidence-based addiction care, it lacks specificity on health approaches and falls well short of the comprehensive public health response needed to address a crisis that is currently claiming the lives of over 175 Americans each day. Further, the plan’s emphasis on the failed punitive policies is out of step with what we know from decades of public health and public policy data.

Over 80 Organizations Issue Joint Statement of Support for Parole Board

The undersigned join in strong support of the recent determination by the Parole Board to grant release to Mr. Herman Bell. This decision is the right outcome in this case based on the criteria used to determine parole. We must not allow politics to undermine the rule of law, nor should we discourage an agency from correctly performing its duties by allowing it to be bullied or cowed by the loudest voices and those with their own agendas.

Protecting the Identity of Pardoned New Yorkers is the Right Thing to Do

26 undersigned criminal justice reform organizations strongly support Governor Cuomo’s pardon of 140 individuals who were convicted of one misdemeanor or non-violent felony when they were under the age of 18, and his decision to keep the names confidential. These individuals should now be allowed to move on with their lives without the stigma resulting from these convictions, which occurred when they were minors.

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