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More & more jurisdictions throughout the country must follow suit & expand access to #substanceusedisorder treatment inside the #criminaljustice system!

Today on #Juneteenth we commemorate the abolition of slavery in the US while also recognizing the grave #racialinequity that still exists. LAC’s #NoHealthNoJustice campaign works to promote #criminaljustice & health reform thru a #racialjustice lens:

Today we celebrate #Juneteenth, the day when Black people were at long-last freed from the bounds of slavery in this Country.

As we continue to celebrate our freedom, we must work to right the injustices Black communities still face each and every day. #Juneteenth2019

NY applying to use #Medicaid for healthcare of incarcerated people 30 days pre-release. Learn more about this CRUCIAL step in bridging the health & justice gap & how this model can be applied nationwide in webinar on 6/26 #TurnOnCareNY #nohealthnojustice

Join @lac_news & @katalcenter 6/26 for natl strategy discussion on NY's application to waive the #Medicaid “Inmate” Exclusion Provision. If approved, NY would be the 1st state in the US to use Medicaid 'inside the walls’. #TurnOnCareNY #nohealthnojustice

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Support Increasing Access to Life-saving Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health Care in NYS

The New York State [email protected] coalition is grateful to be a partner in the efforts to ensure New York continues to be a national leader in removing barriers to substance use disorder (SUD) and mental health (MH) treatment. We urge the NYS Senate and Assembly to continue increasing access to insurance coverage for life-saving SUD and MH care.

Support Amending NY’s Public Health Law to provide immunity for Administering Naloxone in Public-Facing businesses

Legislation (S. 5457/A. 7812) to ensure restaurants, bars and other retail establishments can administer naloxone without fear of legal liability is moving forward in New York. The Senate Committee on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse voted unanimously on 5/30 to move the bill to the Senate floor. Stakeholders throughout NY know how critical this legislation is to expand the ability of employees of restaurants, bars and other retail establishments to save lives and combat the opioid overdose crisis.


The Legal Action Center (LAC) applauds both the recent proposed settlement agreement in a class action lawsuit in which Whatcom County Jail in WA agreed to provide medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder to all individuals incarcerated there with medical need, and the First Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision upholding the District Court of Maine’s preliminary injunction requiring a jail to provide a woman with MAT while incarcerated.

“No Health = No Justice” Convening Held at Columbia

On April 3, 2019, the Legal Action Center’s “No Health = No Justice” Campaign convened over 130 advocates, directly impacted people, health care and reentry service providers, policy-makers,  and academics to discuss “Dismantling Systemic Inequity in Criminal Justice and Health” at Columbia University in New York City.

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