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

Overcoming Employment Barriers for People with Criminal Records

Thursday, Sep 14, 2017

This training explains how New Yorkers with criminal records can improve their chances of finding employment despite the barriers having a criminal record might pose. A combination of factors, including laws, stigma, and fear of liability, make it extremely challenging for individuals with criminal records to find employment.

AIDS and Adolescents – the Changing Legal Landscape

Tuesday, Oct 17, 2017

This training will cover the legal rights and potential liabilities of adolescents living with or at risk for HIV, including the new right for adolescents to consent to HIV treatment.

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Blog Archives

Rx for Drug Courts: Allow Effective Addiction Medication

The opioid epidemic kills 78 Americans every day. To address this crisis, President Obama and public health authorities have called for increased use of medication-assisted treatment (MAT). Yet half the nation’s drug courts prohibit MAT, according to a 2014 survey.

When Coming Home Means Being Shut Out: Expanding Reentry to All Types of Offenses

We need to ensure that all people with conviction histories are eligible for and receive effective reentry services, not just those with offenses categorized as nonserious, nonsexual, and nonviolent.

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News and Highlights

New Sample Consent Forms – 42 CFR Part 2

The Legal Action Center (LAC) has created several sample consent forms for the release of confidential substance use disorder patient records.

LAC Files Class Action Lawsuit Against Barclays Center

The Legal Action Center and co-counsel, Francis & Mailman, P.C., filed a federal class action lawsuit on July 14th against the Barclays Center, a major sports and entertainment venue in Brooklyn, NY, also home to the Brooklyn Nets and New York Islanders.


Seventy-two leading organizations and national experts in the field of addiction policy, research and treatment today issued a joint statement opposing the Senate’s healthcare repeal plan, warning that it would undermine efforts to address the opioid crisis and significantly worsen the public heath epidemic.

LAC Announces Addiction Solutions Campaign and Recommendations on Parity Enforcement

The ASC represents a coordinated effort to leverage the organizations’ collective expertise across research, policy and communications to tackle broad-impact projects. One of the ASC’s first major initiatives is to increase consumer access to addiction coverage and services that they are entitled to under the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008.

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