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

How to Create & Update Your Agency’s HIV Confidentiality Policies/ Procedures and Ensure Staff Compliance

Wednesday, Jan 15, 2020

This two-hour webinar is a capacity building session for program managers of hospitals, health care facilities, community based organizations and other organizations that must comply with New York State’s HIV confidentiality law, Public Health Law Article 27-F. It will provide them with the skills, strategies and resources needed to develop and update their organization’s HIV confidentiality policies and procedures and educate their staff to ensure compliance with the agency’s policies and the law.

Lowering Criminal Record Barriers– Including New Rights in NYS

Thursday, Jan 30, 2020

This 2-hour webinar explains how New Yorkers with criminal records may be able to seal or correct criminal record information and gather evidence of rehabilitation, including applying for certificates of rehabilitation, to help overcome criminal record barriers.

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"Want to make sure ALL formulations of #addictionmedicine are available to ALL people..." @JohnJCoppola of @ASAPNYS spoke to @TimW518 about what NY must do to address #opioidepidemic & prevent #overdosedeaths in the state:

"NY State Attorney General @TishJames, who is leading NY's aggressive legal action against #opioid industry, has said any #opioidsettlement funds should support #addiction prevention, treatment & recovery." LAC agrees-our recs here:

"We're looking to eliminate prior approval so when a Dr prescribes #addiction medication, it's readily available..." @JohnJCoppola of @ASAPNYS on @capitolpressrm speaking about bill to remove barriers to #addictiontreatment awaiting @NYGovCuomo's signature

Youth ages 13 - 24 accounted for more than 1 in 5 new diagnoses of #HIV in 2016 & are impacted by #sexualassault. They alone cannot afford post-exposure prophylaxis, which would prevent them from acquiring HIV. @NYGovCuomo sign A.1204/S.2279! Provide PEP and protect our youth!

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News and Highlights

Legal Action Center and Community Service Society of New York Launch Clean Slate New York

The Legal Action Center (LAC) and Community Service Society of New York (CSS) announce the launch of Clean Slate New York, a coalition-led campaign to pass legislation ending the perpetual punishment of a criminal conviction through broad automatic expungement of criminal records.


As the opioid-related overdose epidemic continues to devastate families and communities nationwide, a new study shows that removing prior authorization barriers to substance use disorder treatment will decrease mortality and overall health costs in New York State.

New Report Reveals Worsening Disparities in Access to Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health Care

Disparities between physical and behavioral healthcare for both in-network access and provider reimbursement rates are making it even harder for American families to find affordable and available mental healthcare and addiction treatment according to a new study. The report, published by Milliman, Inc., covering 37 million employees and dependents, and commissioned by The Bowman Family Foundation, reflects that conditions have worsened since a similar study was published two years ago.

Legal Action Center Celebrates the Life and Legacy of Representative Elijah Cummings

All of us at the Legal Action Center mourn the loss of Representative Elijah Cummings, a relentless champion for justice and dignity. His courage of conviction was unwavering, and his leadership served as a moral compass in the Congress and in the community.

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