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

Employment Rights for People with HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Substance Use Disorders

Tuesday, Apr 21, 2020

This two-hour webinar explains the employment rights of people with HIV, viral hepatitis, and substance use disorders. It focuses on anti-discrimination laws, such as New York City and State Human Rights Laws and the Americans with Disabilities Act, and touches on issues related to health and life insurance. Impacts of COVID-19 will be discussed.

How to Litigate an HIV Confidentiality Case in New York

Thursday, Jun 04, 2020

This two-hour presentation provides guidance about how to navigate issues central to most HIV confidentiality cases. It includes a brief overview of New York’s HIV confidentiality statute and other relevant privacy laws, as well as a review of administrative and litigation remedies.

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It’s national public health week @NPHW with @PublicHealth Today at 1 I am giving a talk on the war on drugs. #NPHW #nphw2020 then a panel with @cmdgrosso @DiorVargas @carlsonlisam @DiorVargas @HumanImpact_HIP watch the live stream here

Here are some key points about receiving patient consent and note that your state may have different additional policies to consider, especially around minors.

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News and Highlights

A Message from LAC Regarding Coronavirus

Our team is closely monitoring developments regarding coronavirus (COVID-19) and adapting accordingly to ensure we can continue our important work during these uncertain and challenging times.


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.

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