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Support Increasing Access to Life-saving Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health Care in NYS

The New York State [email protected] coalition is grateful to be a partner in the efforts to ensure New York continues to be a national leader in removing barriers to substance use disorder (SUD) and mental health (MH) treatment. We urge the NYS Senate and Assembly to continue increasing access to insurance coverage for life-saving SUD and MH care.

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Support Amending NY’s Public Health Law to provide immunity for Administering Naloxone in Public-Facing businesses

Legislation (S. 5457/A. 7812) to ensure restaurants, bars and other retail establishments can administer naloxone without fear of legal liability is moving forward in New York. The Senate Committee on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse voted unanimously on 5/30 to move the bill to the Senate floor. Stakeholders throughout NY know how critical this legislation is to expand the ability of employees of restaurants, bars and other retail establishments to save lives and combat the opioid overdose crisis.

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LANDMARK LEGAL VICTORIES ON BOTH COASTS EXPANDS ACCESS TO ADDICTION MEDICINE IN JAILS

The Legal Action Center (LAC) applauds both the recent proposed settlement agreement in a class action lawsuit in which Whatcom County Jail in WA agreed to provide medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder to all individuals incarcerated there with medical need, and the First Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision upholding the District Court of Maine’s preliminary injunction requiring a jail to provide a woman with MAT while incarcerated.

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“No Health = No Justice” Convening Held at Columbia

On April 3, 2019, the Legal Action Center’s “No Health = No Justice” Campaign convened over 130 advocates, directly impacted people, health care and reentry service providers, policy-makers,  and academics to discuss “Dismantling Systemic Inequity in Criminal Justice and Health” at Columbia University in New York City.

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NEW YORK BAR FOUNDATION AWARDS GRANT TO LAC

The New York Bar Foundation recently awarded a grant of $4,820 to the Legal Action Center in support of our New York Sealing and Voting Project. LAC thanks TYNBF for its ongoing support of this crucial work, which will surely have a positive impact on individuals, families, and communities throughout the State.

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LAC COMMENDS GOVERNOR AND LEGISLATURE ON PASSAGE OF STATE BUDGET

The Legal Action Center (LAC) commends Governor Cuomo and the New York State Senate and Assembly on passage of a State budget last weekend that includes important advances in restorative justice and health equity that we – along with many in the criminal justice and substance use disorder advocacy communities – have sought for many years.

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Support Increased Funding for CHAMP in the NYS Budget

NY’s behavioral health ombudsman project, Community Health Access to Addiction and Mental Healthcare Project (CHAMP), is a first-in-the-nation independent consumer assistance program specifically designed to help individuals, their families and their providers overcome insurance barriers that keep too many from accessing care, and its continued funding is absolutely crucial amidst the current dual crisis of opioid overdose and suicide deaths.

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2019 Restoration of Rights Cocktail Social

The Legal Action Center is incredibly grateful to all those who made our recent “Restoration of Rights” event a great success! Generously hosted by our Board Chair, Brad S. Karp, and his law firm, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, the evening included a keynote speech by Congressman Hakeem Jeffries, as well as a panel moderated by LAC Board Member, Anthony C. Thompson.

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Criminal Justice Reform Organizations Support Cuomo’s “mugshot ban”

Legal Action Center and other criminal justice advocacy organizations voice support for Governor Cuomo’s amendment to New York’s Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) that would ban the public disclosure of photos and booking information compiled by law enforcement agencies when they make arrests, mirroring policies already in place in federal agencies.

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LAC SUPPORTS GOVERNOR CUOMO’S PARITY AND INSURANCE REFORM MEASURES

The Legal Action Center applauds Governor Cuomo’s proposals to enforce parity and remove insurance barriers to improve access to substance use disorder and mental health care for tens of thousands of New Yorkers.

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