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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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Coalition for Whole Health Releases Recommendations to Protect and Strengthen Access to Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Care

The Coalition for Whole Health, which includes the leading national organizations advocating for policies to increase access to quality mental health and substance use care, today released comprehensive recommendations to protect and strengthen access to these critical services.

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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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LAC Provides Overview of Changes to Confidentiality Law – 42 CFR Part 2, Final Rule

February 15, 2017 – The Legal Action Center (“LAC”) has released a brief overview of 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”).

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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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