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ACTION ALERT: ASK YOUR REPRESENTATIVE TO VOTE ‘NO’ ON AHCA

The House is expected to begin debate on AHCA this morning and have final votes today, perhaps by 5pm. Despite amendments aimed at gaining more moderate Republican support, the AHCA would be devastating to people with mental health and substance use disorder care needs.

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LAC, CSS and NELA/NY File Amicus Brief with NY State’s Highest Court in Case Affecting People Who Face Criminal Record Employment Discrimination by Third Parties

The Legal Action Center, Community Service Society of New York and NELA/NY (the New York affiliate of the National Employment Lawyers Association) jointly filed an amicus brief with the New York State Court of Appeals in the case of Griffin v. Sirva, Inc. et al. Several organizations signed on to the brief, including the Bronx Defenders, the Center for Community Alternatives, JustLeadershipUSA, The Legal Aid Society, The Legal Aid Bureau of Buffalo, Legal Services NYC, MFY Legal Services, Inc., and Youth Represent.

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Template for stakeholder comments on proposed supplemental changes to confidentiality law

The Legal Action Center (“LAC”) has released a template for stakeholders to use to comment on the January 18, 2017 Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“SNPRM”) issued by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (“SAMHSA”).

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LAC Submits Comments on Latest Proposed Changes to Confidentiality Regulations

The Legal Action Center (“LAC”) has submitted comments on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (“SAMHSA”)’s recent Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“SNPRM”), released on January 18, 2017.

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ACT NOW! CONTACT YOUR STATE LEGISLATORS IMMEDIATELY AND URGE THEM TO PASS CONVICTION SEALING LEGISLATION (S8113/A10710)

Help individuals with criminal justice involvement become productive members of society. Contact your state legislators immediately and urge them to pass s8113/a10710.

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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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LAC Provides Template for Commenting to SAMHSA on Proposed Changes to 42 C.F.R. Part 2 Privacy Protections

LAC is in the process of drafting comments on the proposed rule to submit to SAMHSA. We encourage all stakeholders, including people in treatment and in recovery and their families and treatment providers, to take advantage of this important opportunity to provide feedback to SAMHSA by reviewing and commenting on the proposed rule. To assist with those efforts, LAC provides this template that stakeholders can draw from in drafting their comments to SAMHSA.

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Sign LAC’s Petition Calling on the Governor and Legislature to Include Language in the Budget to Improve Linkage to Healthcare for People Coming Home

Disruptions in medical care upon reentry, especially for those with behavioral health disorders and other chronic conditions, contributes to poor and costly health outcomes, including increased episodes of mental illness and drug use, as well as an increased risk of re-incarceration. There is also a 12-fold increase in the risk of death in the first two weeks after release.

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Take Action Today for Federal Fair Chance Hiring

Join Legal Action Center, NELP, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and organizations from across the country today for a National Day of Action calling on President Obama to give people with records a fair chance to work at federal agencies and contractors.

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Due Tomorrow! Comments in response to proposed rule applying parity law to Medicaid Managed Care, CHIP, and Alternative Benefits plans

In order to help strengthen the final parity rule, the Coalition for Whole Health has drafted comments to submit to HHS in response to the proposed rule applying parity. If you represent an organization that would like to be added to the list of signatories on the Coalition for Whole Health’s comments, please email Sherie Boyd at [email protected] by 2 pm tomorrow, June 9.

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