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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Tuesday, Mar 27, 2018


Helping Justice-Involved Individuals with Substance Use & Mental Health Disorders: Understanding How Laws, Regulations, & Policies Affect their Opportunities – California, Illinois, Georgia, Colorado, Rhode Island & Kansas.

42 CFR PART 2: What changed under the Final Rules in 2017 and 2018?

Wednesday, Mar 28, 2018

SAMHSA released changes to 42 CFR Part 2, the federal regulations governing the confidentiality of substance use disorder patient records. This webinar is designed to educate participants about the 2017 and 2018 Final Rules, and to help substance use disorder treatment programs comply with the new requirements.

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Today for #WomensHistoryMonth, we would like to highlight @TracieMGardner, Assoc. Director at @lac_news & 2015 #McSilverAwards Honoree! Tracie has led an incredible career as policy advocate in NYC & NYS. Learn more about her amazing contribution to NY!

Thank you Matthew Shapiro & @NSCFGC for the great opportunity to talk about the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act; an underutilized consumer right 4 individuals & families in need 
of MH and SUD care and services.

Watch the latest episode of #MentalHealthNow focusing on parity issues & featuring @lac_news and the North Shore Child and Family Guidance Center. The inability to access #MentalHealth services due to network inadequacy is a major issue. #Act4MentalHealth

Take one of our 6 SAMHSA-sponsored webinars to get an overview of federal & state laws that make it difficult for people with criminal records & substance use disorders to obtain a job, housing & education.

"Working at LAC exposed me to many people in need of assistance... Learning to respond to their needs, especially at a time when they may feel no one cares, is one of the greatest gifts of the #humanservices field." @NonprofitsNY honoree @rtonimeyers

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News and Highlights

Protecting the Identity of Pardoned New Yorkers is the Right Thing to Do

26 undersigned criminal justice reform organizations strongly support Governor Cuomo’s pardon of 140 individuals who were convicted of one misdemeanor or non-violent felony when they were under the age of 18, and his decision to keep the names confidential. These individuals should now be allowed to move on with their lives without the stigma resulting from these convictions, which occurred when they were minors.

Department of Justice Opioid Initiative Addresses Discriminatory Barriers to MAT

The Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Civil Rights Division has launched an Opioid Initiative to remove discriminatory barriers to treatment in the criminal justice and child welfare systems, zoning, and elsewhere. The initiative could be a game changer in reversing the widespread discrimination that blocks access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder.

LAC Provides Testimony at NYS Legislature’s Joint Public Hearing on Public Protection

LAC submitted written testimony on behalf of the NYS Alternative to Incarceration (ATI) and Re-entry Coalition (of which LAC is a member) to the Legislature’s annual Joint Public Hearing on Public Protection yesterday.

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