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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.
Today marks the start of the first annual Reentry Week, a time to think constructively about how best to evolve our criminal justice system to meet the needs of communities and those returning to them with criminal records. 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.
News and Highlights
Sign on to the Coalition for Whole Health’s Comments to the President’s Mental Health and Addiction Parity Task Force
The Coalition for Whole Health, a national coalition of organizations working to improve coverage for and access to MH and SUD care, drafted comments to the Parity Task Force that recommend additional guidance on and enforcement of the federal MH/SUD parity law by States and the federal government.
Governor Cuomo Issues Zero Tolerance Policy for Insurers that Fail to Provide Equal Substance Use Coverage
LAC praises the recent announcement by New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo that his administration has issued guidance to insurers regarding their legal obligations to provide mental health and substance use disorders coverage at parity with medical or surgical care.
United Hospital Fund Awards LAC $60,000 to Create Report on Model Health Policies in the Criminal Justice System
The United Hospital Fund has awarded a $60,000 grant to the Legal Action Center to publish a guide to policies and practices that best engage and retain individuals involved in the criminal justice system in effective health care.
The Legal Action Center today released Health Insurance for Addiction and Mental Health Care: A Guide to the Federal Parity Law. The Guide explains patients’ and providers’ rights to insurance coverage for substance use and mental disorders.