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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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Discrimination against Patients with Substance Use Disorders Remains Prevalent and Harmful: Health Affairs Blog Post by LAC Attorneys

In response to recent critiques against the confidentiality law that protects patients with histories of substance use disorders (42 CFR Part 2), Legal Action Center’s Senior Health Policy Attorney, Deborah Reid, and Senior Staff Attorney, Karla Lopez, penned a piece that was published today by Health Affairs.

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Legal Action Center Statement on NYS FY18 Budget

The Legal Action Center applauds Governor Cuomo and the New York State Legislature on the passage of the final budget bills this weekend. The $153.1 billion spending package includes several policies and investments that ensure greater access to opportunities for all New Yorkers.

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Key Bipartisan Criminal Justice Reform Bills Reintroduced in House and Senate

Yesterday, a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators and Representatives introduced two bicameral bills aimed at addressing the collateral consequences of criminal records. The proposed legislation includes critical reforms that would reduce barriers to employment, education, housing and safety net services that affect 70 million adults in the U.S. who have an arrest or conviction record.

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Brad Karp Elected New Chair of the Board of Directors of the Legal Action Center

The Legal Action Center Board of Directors is delighted to announce that it unanimously elected Brad S. Karp as the third Chair of the Board in the organization’s 45-year history. Board Vice Chair Mary Beth Forshaw said “we are thrilled to have Brad at the helm of this terrific organization and could not have asked for a more capable or committed person to serve in this role. Since joining the Board in 1998, Brad has been a devoted advocate for LAC and its mission and has made exceptional contributions to LAC’s work and the social justice landscape at large.”

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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 Legal Director Sally Friedman Honored by New York Nonprofit Media as a “Front-Line Hero”

The Legal Action Center is delighted to congratulate our Legal Director, Sally Friedman, on being selected to receive a New York Nonprofit Media Front-Line Heroes Award for her outstanding commitment and dedication to serving those in need.

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Changes to 42 CFR Part 2 Take Effect Today, March 21st

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (“SAMHSA”)’s Final Rule on the Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder Patient Records (“42 CFR Part 2” or “Part 2”) is scheduled to go into effect today, March 21, 2017.

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LAC’s op-ed in The Hill calls for healthcare coverage for the millions of Americans affected by addiction and mental illness

LAC Director and President Paul Samuels co-wrote an op-ed with Ron Manderscheid, Executive Director at National Association of County Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability Directors, on The Hill entitled “1 in 3 Americans is affected by addiction or mental illness: We need a plan to protect their care”.

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LAC ISSUES POSITION PAPER URGING NY LEGISLATURE TO RESTORE AND ENHANCE FUNDING FOR ATI/REENTRY PROGRAMS

Along with colleagues in the ATI/Reentry Coalition, the Legal Action Center has issued a position paper urging the NYS Legislature to restore and enhance budgetary support for essential Alternatives to Incarceration and Reentry Programs.

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