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

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. 

How to Create & Update Your Agency’s HIV Confidentiality Policies/ Procedures and Ensure Staff Compliance

Wednesday, Jan 15, 2020

This two-hour webinar is a capacity building session for program managers of hospitals, health care facilities, community based organizations and other organizations that must comply with New York State’s HIV confidentiality law, Public Health Law Article 27-F. It will provide them with the skills, strategies and resources needed to develop and update their organization’s HIV confidentiality policies and procedures and educate their staff to ensure compliance with the agency’s policies and the law.

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Study from @OhioState shows thousands of individuals w/ #mentalhealth & #substanceusedisorders must seek costly out of network care despite #ParityAct. Must enforce parity, so people can access & afford life-saving care they need & are legally entitled to!

Vast gaps in healthcare for incarcerated individuals only increases risk of re-arrest in #reentry, spread of diseases & prevalence of untreated #addiction & #mentalhealth issues. @HealthNYGov working to fill gaps-submitted waiver to @CMSGov! #TurnOnCareNY

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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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