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

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.

Minors’ Health Rights – Accessing Confidential Treatment for HIV/AIDS, Substance Use, and Other Sensitive Health Issues

Tuesday, Feb 25, 2020

This 2-hour webinar explains teenagers’ rights to access confidential healthcare in New York State, and the roles of parents, legal guardians, and the foster care system. The training focuses on common questions that arise in youth HIV testing, prevention, and treatment, and also covers substance use disorder treatment, mental healthcare, and sexual and reproductive healthcare for minors.

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Even though NY is known worldwide as a center of opportunity, many opportunities are closed off—permanently—to people who have a conviction record. #CleanSlateNY wants to change that. More here: via @NYDailyNews @zellnor4ny @Zakithebarber @TheNext100

“It’s time to take the automatic expungement conversation further and extend the process to cover other criminal convictions.” More on #CleanSlateNY here: via @NYAmNews @CSSNYorg

"If New Yorkers are truly committed to implementing restorative justice, enhancing public safety and strengthening the economy, automatic expungement must be enshrined in law" via @timesunion #CleanSlateNY

Addiction treatment must not be reserved only for the wealthy. 2020 must be the year we:
▪️Ban prior authorizations for ALL w/ SUD
▪️Bring #MAT to all NYS prisons and jails
▪️Save lives by authorizing overdose prevention centers
#EndOverdoseNY @EndOverdoseNY @VOCALNewYork

"What if patients find out they have a coronary artery blockage but their insurance won’t cover a stent surgery until after a heart attack? That seems pretty irrational, doesn’t it?" Must enforce parity in #mentalhealth & #addictiontreatment coverage NOW.

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News and Highlights


The Legal Action Center (LAC) commends Governor Andrew Cuomo and his administration for proposing a State budget to continue New York’s reforms to shift drug policy away from criminalization and towards a public health response. Amidst the ongoing overdose crisis, the Governor’s budget proposals to help ensure more New Yorkers can get life-saving addiction care are critically important.

Legal Action Center Statement on Governor Cuomo’s State of State Proposals

The Legal Action Center commends Governor Andrew Cuomo on his continued efforts to shift drug policy away from criminalization and towards a public health response. As the opioid epidemic continues to devastate families and communities across New York, LAC applauds the Governor’s the proposals to increase access to addiction medication to treat opioid use disorder (OUD).

Governor Cuomo Vetoes Legislation to Ban Prior-Authorization Requirements on Addiction Medications in Medicaid

Governor Cuomo passes legislation to remove prior authorization requirements for addiction medicine in commercial insurance but vetoes proposed bill to do the same in Medicaid. LAC is very concerned that Medicaid recipients in New York no longer have the same access to medications that commercial beneficiaries have and will continue advocacy to remove barriers to lifesaving SUD care for ALL New Yorkers.

New Polling Demonstrates Broad, Bipartisan Support for Bold Reforms to US Drug and Criminal Justice Policies in Advance of 2020 Elections

New polling released today by LAC makes clear that there is widespread, bipartisan support for sweeping reforms to our nation’s drug and criminal justice policies in advance of the 2020 elections.

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