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.

Upcoming Events

Free SAMHSA-Sponsored Webinars: Helping Justice-Involved Individuals with Substance Use & Mental Health Disorders:

Tuesday, Mar 28, 2017

The webinars will provide an overview of laws in the states of North Carolina, Missouri, Oregon, Ohio and Utah that hinder or help people with criminal records and SUD as they strive to obtain employment, housing and education. The next webinar takes place on 3/28/17 and the last is on 5/2/17.

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Blog Archives

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.

When Coming Home Means Being Shut Out: Expanding Reentry to All Types of Offenses

We need to ensure that all people with conviction histories are eligible for and receive effective reentry services, not just those with offenses categorized as nonserious, nonsexual, and nonviolent.

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News and Highlights


The House is expected to begin debate on AHCA this morning and have final votes today, perhaps by 5pm. Despite amendments aimed at gaining more moderate Republican support, the AHCA would be devastating to people with mental health and substance use disorder care needs.

LAC Legal Director Sally Friedman Honored by New York Nonprofit Media as a “Front-Line Hero”

The Legal Action Center is delighted to congratulate our Legal Director, Sally Friedman, on being selected to receive a New York Nonprofit Media Front-Line Heroes Award for her outstanding commitment and dedication to serving those in need.

Changes to 42 CFR Part 2 Take Effect Today, March 21st

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (“SAMHSA”)’s Final Rule on the Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder Patient Records (“42 CFR Part 2” or “Part 2”) is scheduled to go into effect today, March 21, 2017.

LAC’s op-ed in The Hill calls for healthcare coverage for the millions of Americans affected by addiction and mental illness

LAC Director and President Paul Samuels co-wrote an op-ed with Ron Manderscheid, Executive Director at National Association of County Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability Directors, on The Hill entitled “1 in 3 Americans is affected by addiction or mental illness: We need a plan to protect their care”.

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