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

AIDS and Adolescents – the Changing Legal Landscape

Wednesday, Feb 20, 2019

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.

Accessing Insurance Coverage for Substance Use & Mental Health Treatment: The Federal Parity Law

Tuesday, Mar 05, 2019

Historically, it has often been very difficult for patients to get health insurance coverage for their mental health and/or addiction treatment – a problem that can have particularly harsh consequences for HIV-positive individuals.  A 2008 federal law (the Mental Health Parity & Addiction Equity Act, also known as the federal parity law) required, for the first time, that health insurers that cover mental health and addiction benefits do so equally with other medical and surgical benefits. The federal parity law was expanded in 2010 by the Affordable Care Act, and subsequent regulations clarified many of the law’s requirements.

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News and Highlights

Criminal Justice Reform Organizations Support Cuomo’s “mugshot ban”

Legal Action Center and other criminal justice advocacy organizations voice support for Governor Cuomo’s amendment to New York’s Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) that would ban the public disclosure of photos and booking information compiled by law enforcement agencies when they make arrests, mirroring policies already in place in federal agencies.


The Legal Action Center applauds Governor Cuomo’s proposals to enforce parity and remove insurance barriers to improve access to substance use disorder and mental health care for tens of thousands of New Yorkers.


The Legal Action Center commends Governor Andrew Cuomo on the landmark criminal justice and opioid and other substance use disorder (SUD) initiatives included in his 2019 Justice Agenda.

LAC Praises Passage into Law of the First Step Act but Calls for More Comprehensive CJ Reform

LAC recognizes the strengths and weaknesses of the recently passed First Step Act. While this legislation represents crucial bipartisan support for criminal justice reform and includes some important sentencing and prison reforms, there is still much work to be done.

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