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

Minors’ Health Rights – Accessing Confidential Treatment for HIV/AIDS, Substance Use, and Other Sensitive Health Issues

Wednesday, Nov 06, 2019

This 3-hour Face to Face training will explain teenagers’ rights to access confidential healthcare in New York State, and the roles of parents, legal guardians, and the foster care system. The training focuses on common questions that arise in youth HIV testing, prevention, and treatment, and also covers substance use disorder treatment, mental healthcare, and sexual and reproductive healthcare for minors.

Parity, Pared Down: Accessing Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Care

Tuesday, Dec 10, 2019

This 3-hour in-person training will offer a brief overview of the federal parity law, provide examples of common parity violations, and articulate the ways in which patients, providers, and advocates can enforce their rights under both federal and New York State parity provisions. 

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Inaugural event of the Addiction & Public Policy Initiative at @GeorgetownLaw will stream LIVE 10/30. Excited to hear from @MBotticelliBMC @TracieMGardner @CraigDApplesr @bethconnolly20 @daveewlucas @LAC_SFriedman @elizabethbrico, @Rak61Kent & more on strategies for reform.

The "Applying the Evidence" event on October 30th will be streamed live. Register to watch the event and hear from @MBotticelliBMC @lipiroy @HuntingtonMayor @TracieMGardner @lac_news @JeffreyRLocke --

Thrilled to see @jpmorgan working to #fightstigma & give individuals with past justice involvement the opportunities they need & deserve! #reentry #criminalrecords #justiceforall #secondchances

"Medications are considered gold standard of care for #opioid #addiction by experts & supported by #publichealth orgs like @WHO & @CDCgov. Studies show that #addictionmedicine reduces all-cause mortality among OUD patients by 1/2 or more" via @voxdotcom

#AddictionMedicine prescribers in NY: please tell us about your experiences w/ #priorauthorization. We need your help to show @NYGovCuomo why he must sign 2 bills to remove burdensome & unnecessary PA requirements ASAP. Share widely with your networks!

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News and Highlights

Legal Action Center Celebrates the Life and Legacy of Representative Elijah Cummings

All of us at the Legal Action Center mourn the loss of Representative Elijah Cummings, a relentless champion for justice and dignity. His courage of conviction was unwavering, and his leadership served as a moral compass in the Congress and in the community.

Trump Administration Proposing to Weaken Current Privacy Protections for SUD Patient Information through Second Rulemaking

SAMHSA is proposing to significantly weaken patient privacy protections in the federal confidentiality regulations for substance use disorder (SUD) treatment records, 42 CFR Part 2.  It is extremely important that the Trump Administration hears from all stakeholders about how damaging these changes would be for people in recovery and those in, or seeking, SUD treatment.

NY’s New Marijuana “Decriminalization” & Expungement Law Goes into Effect

For the first time ever, New York State has begun automatic expungement of certain marijuana convictions. Legal Action Center, which has long been advocating for automatic records clearance, created a fact sheet on the new decriminalization and expungement law along with the Legal Aid Society and Community Service Society.

Advocates and Health Care Providers Voice Concern about Trump Administration’s Effort to Weaken Confidentiality and Redisclosure of Substance Use Disorder Treatment Records

For the third time in three years, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (“SAMHSA”) has proposed changes to federal substance use disorder confidentiality rules. LAC and others voice concern that the proposed new rules will weaken the protections against unauthorized disclosures of a patient’s substance use disorder (“SUD”) treatment records, giving the patient less say over where their personal health information is shared.

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