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ACTION ALERT: Urge Your Senators to Vote NO on the Senate Health Care Repeal Bill

The Senate today released a draft of their version of the American Health Care Act (AHCA), legislation that would repeal major provisions of the ACA/Obamacare. Although there was speculation that the Senate bill might be less harmful than the version approved by the House in May, the Senate proposal would be devastating to people who need addiction and mental health care.

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New York’s Highest Court Renders Decision in Griffin v. Sirva, Inc.

On May 4, 2017, the New York State Court of Appeals issued its decision in Griffin v. Sirva, Inc., ruling that non-employer third parties can be held liable under the New York State Human Rights Law when they impose discriminatory criminal record hiring criteria on direct employers.

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ACTION ALERT: Urging a No-Vote on the AHCA

The House may vote this week on the AHCA, which would repeal major provisions of the ACA/Obamacare. It is critical that we make our voices heard …

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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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