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 Barriers for People with Criminal Records

Wednesday, Oct 26, 2016

This 3-hour training explains how New Yorkers with criminal records can improve their chances of finding employment and housing despite the barriers having a criminal record might pose.

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

Thursday, Nov 17, 2016

The federal parity law was expanded in 2010 by the Affordable Care Act, and 2013 regulations clarified many of the law’s requirements.

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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

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.

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News and Highlights


LAC’s Letter to the Washington Post Editor in Support of Insurance Coverage for MAT

LAC Vice President for Health Initiatives Ellen Weber responds to an article in the Washington Post entitled “The Drug Industry’s Answer to Opioid Addiction: More Pills” with a letter to the editor.

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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.

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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.

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