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"Unless we acknowledge deeply ingrained, continuing legacy of slavery & anti-black #racism in both #publichealth & #criminaljustice systems, we'll never make the transformational change that is needed." @TracieMGardner in @Filtermag_org https://t.co/m2MW4jpoTq #NoHealthNoJustice

"#Overdosecrisis isn’t like #AIDS epidemic where it took 10+yrs of research to find drugs to keep people alive. The medications & resources to keep people w/ #opioid #addiction alive=known & available RIGHT NOW." @Filtermag_org on #healthjustice barriers https://t.co/xBFt2gjOou

"There are few opportunities to connect people to care as an #alternativetoincarceration-despite clear evidence that this is key to improving #publichealth & #publicsafety, not to mention reducing public expenditures." @TracieMGardner https://t.co/m2MW4j7NuQ #NoHealthNoJustice

4/24 & 4/25 at @Elmcor - @lac_news proud to sponsor this #Opioid Summit examining the #intersectionality of #addiction, trauma, #criminaljustice, #mentalhealth, race & #healthcare! @AOC @FranciscoMoyaNY @CoreyinNYC @NYCCouncil

Literally everybody: @landonromano this is beyond inappropriate. People who use drugs are not a joke. Crackhead is a derogatory word. Use your platform to uplift others. We’re in the middle of a drug war that has destroyed communities and killed our loved ones. Do something else. https://t.co/K6SPIsMh4T

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News and Highlights

“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.

NEW YORK BAR FOUNDATION AWARDS GRANT TO LAC

The New York Bar Foundation recently awarded a grant of $4,820 to the Legal Action Center in support of our New York Sealing and Voting Project. LAC thanks TYNBF for its ongoing support of this crucial work, which will surely have a positive impact on individuals, families, and communities throughout the State.

LAC COMMENDS GOVERNOR AND LEGISLATURE ON PASSAGE OF STATE BUDGET

The Legal Action Center (LAC) commends Governor Cuomo and the New York State Senate and Assembly on passage of a State budget last weekend that includes important advances in restorative justice and health equity that we – along with many in the criminal justice and substance use disorder advocacy communities – have sought for many years.

Support Increased Funding for CHAMP in the NYS Budget

NY’s behavioral health ombudsman project, Community Health Access to Addiction and Mental Healthcare Project (CHAMP), is a first-in-the-nation independent consumer assistance program specifically designed to help individuals, their families and their providers overcome insurance barriers that keep too many from accessing care, and its continued funding is absolutely crucial amidst the current dual crisis of opioid overdose and suicide deaths.

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