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

Tuesday, Mar 17, 2020

This 2-hour online 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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Through newly certified curriculum by @samhsagov, graduates of @brownmedicine will now be equipped w/ training necessary to prescribe in all 50 states medications to treat #opioid use disorder. Hopefully beginning of a much larger trend in #medicalschools

CHAMP (NY's Community Health Access to #Addiction & Mental Healthcare Project) is a free & confidential resource available to ALL NYers who need care for their substance use disorder or #mentalhealth issues & LAC is proud to be at @TPeopleConnect's 2/29 event to share more.

Marylanders are 10 TIMES more likely to go out-of-network for outpatient #mentalhealth and #addictiontreatment than for other medical visits. Tell your elected officials to pass SB 334/HB 455 & SB 484/HB 1165 so we can access the care we need! #ParityNow

LAC's VP of Legal Advocacy @LAC_SFriedman spoke to @NPR about how #addiction is considered a disability under ADA & that "Prohibiting people with that disability from taking medication that can keep them alive & well violates the ADA" #addictiontreatment

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News and Highlights


The Legal Action Center (LAC) commends Governor Andrew Cuomo and his administration for proposing a State budget to continue New York’s reforms to shift drug policy away from criminalization and towards a public health response. Amidst the ongoing overdose crisis, the Governor’s budget proposals to help ensure more New Yorkers can get life-saving addiction care are critically important.

Legal Action Center Statement on Governor Cuomo’s State of State Proposals

The Legal Action Center commends Governor Andrew Cuomo on his continued efforts to shift drug policy away from criminalization and towards a public health response. As the opioid epidemic continues to devastate families and communities across New York, LAC applauds the Governor’s the proposals to increase access to addiction medication to treat opioid use disorder (OUD).

Governor Cuomo Vetoes Legislation to Ban Prior-Authorization Requirements on Addiction Medications in Medicaid

Governor Cuomo passes legislation to remove prior authorization requirements for addiction medicine in commercial insurance but vetoes proposed bill to do the same in Medicaid. LAC is very concerned that Medicaid recipients in New York no longer have the same access to medications that commercial beneficiaries have and will continue advocacy to remove barriers to lifesaving SUD care for ALL New Yorkers.

New Polling Demonstrates Broad, Bipartisan Support for Bold Reforms to US Drug and Criminal Justice Policies in Advance of 2020 Elections

New polling released today by LAC makes clear that there is widespread, bipartisan support for sweeping reforms to our nation’s drug and criminal justice policies in advance of the 2020 elections.

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