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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Introduction to Confidentiality: 42 CFR Part 2 & HIPAA

Tuesday, Dec 18, 2018

Join Legal Action Center’s expert confidentiality lawyers for a two-part webinar providing a basic introduction to the federal laws governing privacy of substance use disorder (SUD) treatment records: 42 CFR Part 2 and HIPAA. Each part of the webinar will cover fundamental aspects of these laws and how they apply to real world situations. The webinar reflects the 2017 and 2018 amendments to 42 CFR Part 2, while also covering longstanding provisions.

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113m Americans have a family member who has been incarcerated - that's HALF of all adults in the US. Recent @Colorlines article highlights important new report from @FWDus which reveals the devastating impact of #massincarceration on American families. https://t.co/tcTYttsPZx

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"Of the 22M Americans who need addiction treatment, only about 10% are getting it."

Our friends, @PatriceHarrisMD and @lac_news's Ellen Weber are in @statnews demandanding equality & accountability from health insurance companies #Parityat10 https://t.co/V5yBYVHBjC

The #criminaljustice system needs to be part of the solution to remedy the #opioidepidemic and not block vital care. LAC's own @LAC_SFriedman discusses how defense attorneys can advocate for access to #addictiontreatment here: https://t.co/kt8Rnb90OG

Love and compassion are essential in understanding & healing addiction. Lovely essay from @ZachWritesStuff https://t.co/r7xjpwXEsS

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News and Highlights

Legal Action Center Celebrates Record-Breaking Annual Benefit to Defend Dignity of Those We Serve

On October 16, 2018 Legal Action Center staff, Board, partners, and supporters joined at Tribeca Rooftop in New York City to honor two incredible individuals and raise awareness and funds for the Center’s important mission.

Federal Court Orders Jail to Provide Methadone

November 28, 2018: A federal court in Massachusetts granted a preliminary injunction this week, requiring that the Plaintiff in the case be provided continued access to methadone treatment for his opioid use disorder while incarcerated.

Legal Action Center Launches New National Campaign “No Health = No Justice”

October 11, 2018: Today, the Legal Action Center is launching its new Campaign “No Health = No Justice”, a multi-state advocacy and organizing strategy to support decarceration efforts to ensure that people are no longer criminalized for conditions related to their health.

Congress Affirms that Addiction Treatment Confidentiality Protections Remain Essential

September 26,2018: The Legal Action Center applauds the decision by Congress to drop language that would weaken addiction treatment confidentiality safeguards from the final opioid package.

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