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Overcoming Employment Barriers for People with Criminal Records

Wednesday, Dec 12, 2018

This webinar explains how New Yorkers with criminal records can improve their chances of finding employment despite the barriers having a criminal record might pose. A combination of factors, including laws, stigma, and fear of liability, make it extremely challenging for individuals with criminal records to find employment.

Introduction to Confidentiality: 42 CFR Part 2 & HIPAA

Tuesday, Dec 18, 2018

Join Legal Action Center’s expert confidentiality lawyers for a two-part webinar providing a basic introduction to the federal laws governing privacy of substance use disorder (SUD) treatment records: 42 CFR Part 2 and HIPAA. Each part of the webinar will cover fundamental aspects of these laws and how they apply to real world situations. The webinar reflects the 2017 and 2018 amendments to 42 CFR Part 2, while also covering longstanding provisions.

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NYC Commission on Human Rights settles landmark housing discrimination case, in which a company denied housing to applicants w/ a criminal record without performing individualized analyses -- resulting in disparate impact on Black and Hispanic New Yorkers:

Prohibiting #medicationassistedtreatment for #substanceusedisorder not only harmful to #publichealth & safety, can also be illegal. Prohibiting MAT may violate the #AmericanswithDisabilitiesAct and Rehabilitation Act of 1973. @LAC_SFriedman discusses:

"The federal #Parity law was designed to help solve the #opioidepidemic, but it cannot achieve its promise without vigorous enforcement and accountability...Lives have already been lost, and more lives are at stake. We can and must do more." #parityat10

1/3: Today on #WorldAIDSDay, LAC's proud to reaffirm our support of @ETEDashboardNY. From helping to draft & pass two 1st in the nation #HIV laws on #confidentiality & oversight in prisons in NY, to winning multiple settlements for PLWHA, we are dedicated to #endingtheepidemic.

2/3: Many hard-fought lessons learned from #AIDS epidemic can help us fight other diseases like mental health & #substanceusedisorders that have, like #HIV, stigmatized & criminalized individuals & communities. @lac_news' report "Bridging the Gap" helps make connection b/w...

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News and Highlights

Federal Court Orders Jail to Provide Methadone

November 28, 2018: A federal court in Massachusetts granted a preliminary injunction this week, requiring that the Plaintiff in the case be provided continued access to methadone treatment for his opioid use disorder while incarcerated.

Legal Action Center Launches New National Campaign “No Health = No Justice”

October 11, 2018: Today, the Legal Action Center is launching its new Campaign “No Health = No Justice”, a multi-state advocacy and organizing strategy to support decarceration efforts to ensure that people are no longer criminalized for conditions related to their health.

Congress Affirms that Addiction Treatment Confidentiality Protections Remain Essential

September 26,2018: The Legal Action Center applauds the decision by Congress to drop language that would weaken addiction treatment confidentiality safeguards from the final opioid package.



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