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The New York State [email protected] coalition is grateful to be a partner in the efforts to ensure New York continues to be a national leader in removing barriers to substance use disorder (SUD) and mental health (MH) treatment. We urge the NYS Senate and Assembly to continue increasing access to insurance coverage for life-saving SUD and MH care.
Support Amending NY’s Public Health Law to provide immunity for Administering Naloxone in Public-Facing businesses
Legislation (S. 5457/A. 7812) to ensure restaurants, bars and other retail establishments can administer naloxone without fear of legal liability is moving forward in New York. The Senate Committee on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse voted unanimously on 5/30 to move the bill to the Senate floor. Stakeholders throughout NY know how critical this legislation is to expand the ability of employees of restaurants, bars and other retail establishments to save lives and combat the opioid overdose crisis.
The Legal Action Center (LAC) applauds both the recent proposed settlement agreement in a class action lawsuit in which Whatcom County Jail in WA agreed to provide medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder to all individuals incarcerated there with medical need, and the First Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision upholding the District Court of Maine’s preliminary injunction requiring a jail to provide a woman with MAT while incarcerated.
On April 3, 2019, the Legal Action Center’s “No Health = No Justice” Campaign convened over 130 advocates, directly impacted people, health care and reentry service providers, policy-makers, and academics to discuss “Dismantling Systemic Inequity in Criminal Justice and Health” at Columbia University in New York City.