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LAC testifies at NYS Assembly hearing in support of a smart supportive housing strategy that meets the needs of individuals with prior criminal justice involvement

On June 13, 2016, the New York State Assembly Standing Committee on Correction, chaired by Assembly Member Daniel J O’Donnell, and the Assembly Subcommittee on Transitional Services, …

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ACT NOW! ACTION ALERT: TELL GOVERNOR CUOMO AND THE NEW YORK STATE LEGISLATURE TO ELIMINATE BARRIERS AND INCREASE ACCESS TO ADDICTION TREATMENT

LAC calls on all New Yorkers to contact their state legislators and the Governor and urge them to enact legislation to expand insurance coverage and access to treatment.

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REDUCE CRIME, REBUILD LIVES, MAKE NYC SAFER & SAVE TAX DOLLARS THROUGH ATI & REENTRY PROGRAMS

Members of the New York Alternatives to Incarceration/Reentry Coalition were joined today by elected officials and New York’s alternatives to incarceration and reentry community in a rally on the steps of City Hall to urge leaders to increase funding to expand the City’s alternatives to incarceration and reentry programs, and to launch the Blueprint for Criminal Justice Reform, a comprehensive plan to improve New York City’s criminal justice system.

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The Jacob and Valeria Langeloth Foundation Awards LAC $450,000 to Link People in the Criminal Justice System to Health Care

To improve health outcomes of individuals in the criminal justice system, the Jacob and Valeria Langeloth Foundation has awarded a $450,000, three-year grant to the Legal Action Center, a nonprofit law and policy organization, to enroll thousands of justice-involved individuals in Medicaid and link them to coordinated care.

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Legal Action Center Welcomes New Heroin Task Force Formed by Governor Cuomo

The Legal Action Center praised the formation of a new task force announced by Governor Cuomo on May 10th to address the growing heroin and prescription opioid epidemic in New York State.

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Court Approves Legal Action Center’s FCRA Class Action Settlement

On May 5, 2016, a New York federal court approved the class action settlement in Jones v. Halstead Management Co. et al., No. 1:14-cv-03125-VEC, which will provide $583,375 to about 1,700 class members ($325 per class member). Halstead also made substantial changes to its practices as a result of the suit.

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LAC Praises NY for Seeking First Federal Waiver Extending Medicaid to People Leaving Prison

The Legal Action Center applauds New York State for seeking approval from the federal government to become the first state in the nation to provide medical services with Medicaid coverage to individuals in the last 30 days of their incarceration.

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When Coming Home Means Being Shut Out: Expanding Reentry to All Types of Offenses

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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LAC Comments on Proposed Rule to Modernize 42 CFR Part 2

The LAC submitted comments yesterday to the SAMHSA in response to its Proposed Rule to amend regulations governing the confidentiality of substance use disorder patient records (42 C.F.R. Part 2). SAMHSA is seeking to modernize the regulations while also maintaining critical patient privacy protections.

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LAC’s Groundbreaking Report Shares Effective Strategies for Use of Medication-Assisted Treatment in Drug Courts

This groundbreaking report shares successful strategies for use of medication-assisted treatment (MAT) in drug courts. In-depth profiles of courts with effective MAT programs, along with sections such as “Nine Components of Successful MAT Programs” and ”Specific Issues for Rural Courts,” address concerns that often prevent courts from using this scientifically-proven opioid addiction treatment.

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